You know the classic rom-com scenario where person A thinks they have nothing in common with person B, only to realize that they’re—gasp—actually made for each other? Whether or not that makes you roll your eyes, it’s definitely happened to you (ahem, that TV show you figured was overrated only to binge it in a week), and last week it happened to me with… golden kiwis.
Allow me to explain: Clearly, I wasn’t oblivious to the existence of kiwis prior to 2021, I just never really gave them much thought. I was perfectly fine with my typical berries, bananas, and avocados—that is, until I tried a Zespri™ SunGold™ Kiwifruit.
These golden—yes, as in they’re actually golden on the inside instead of green—kiwis are so delicious (super juicy and sweet and tropical), that I instantly made them part of my routine, from all-day snacking to my new golden kiwi smoothie recipe (more on that below). And thanks to the free pack offer that’s going on right now, you can try them and add them to your routine stat, too.
If at this point you’re thinking “wow, this girl must really be into fruit…” I promise that’s not it. Biting into a Zespri SunGold kiwi is a vacation for your tastebuds. Close your eyes and stay with me for a minute. Imagine you’re on a tropical beach somewhere, warm breeze blowing, palm fronds swaying, and a juicy, refreshing bite of sunshine at your disposal. That’s it—and it’s a vibe we could all use more of on a random Monday (or Tuesday, or Wednesday).
Plus, they deliver on nutrition, too. Just one serving of Zespri SunGold kiwis (two kiwifruit) gets you over 100 percent of your daily vitamin C needs (per 100 grams, that’s three times the amount of vitamin C in an orange), and they’ve got a combination of over 20 other vitamins and minerals.
To get all the nutrition oomph, just rinse, cut in half and scoop with a spoon, or bite directly into them for added fiber (ahem, just remember to remove the sticker). When I’m feeling fancy, I take the tropical feels up a notch by blending a couple Zespri SunGold kiwis with pineapple, coconut milk, and more for a nutrient-dense sip.
Oh, and just so I make sure to answer the question I know you’re wondering: If you did a blind taste test between Zespri SunGold kiwis and green kiwis, yes, you can definitely taste the difference. Zespri SunGold kiwis are sweeter, fuzz-less, and have less bite than their green counterparts—so all you taste is a sweet spoonful of woah. But don’t just take my word for it—you’ve got to taste it yourself.
Tropical SunGold Kiwi Smoothie
1 cup baby spinach
2 Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit, halved and scooped
½ cup cubed pineapple
½ avocado, frozen
1 cup coconut milk
Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender until smooth, and bring on the vacay vibes.
Top photo: Zespri Kiwifruit, Getty Images/Cavan Images; Art: Well+Good Creative