This homemade kiwi juice recipe uses fresh kiwifruit and other fruits and veggies to make sweet and sour, refreshing fresh juice with a juicer or blender in no time.
Whether alone or blended with other fruits or veggies, this nutritious fresh juice with kiwi is a refreshing treat you will enjoy the whole season.
I have to admit that making juices is a seasonal matter for me. During colder months, I enjoy drinking herbal teas, hot chocolate tea, lavender or vanilla milk tea. With warmer weather, I am shifting towards fresh fruits and veggies that are ripening and harvested. It allows me to experiment with different fruits that are in season. In addition, fresh juices are a great way to stay hydrated and refreshed during the warmer months.
You can enjoy this naturally sweet and tart kiwi drink alone or as part of a creative fruit and veggie blend. You can add veggies like celery or kale or fruits like strawberries. Ripe kiwi is sweet already, so there is no need for added sugar, unlike this kiwi wine recipe. The kiwi texture allows for preparing this kiwifruit juice without a juicer, using a blender with or without kiwi pulp.
Fresh Kiwi Juice Benefits
A valuable source of vitamins
Kiwis are high in vitamin C, with 1/2 cup (120 ml) of juice making daily vitamin C.
Kiwis are also packed with vitamin K and vitamin E, which are great antioxidants. It makes kiwi juice an immune-boosting drink that can help support a healthy immune system and promote healthy skin and hair.
Kiwis have a combination of insoluble and soluble fiber. According to research, this help to improve stool consistency and decrease the time it takes for food to go through your digestive system
Support Heart Health
Studies show that eating kiwis could help reduce heart disease risk factors, including high blood pressure.
This study compared a group of 118 people with high blood pressure. Those who ate three kiwis per day for 8 weeks had lower blood pressure at the end of the intervention than those who ate one apple per day.
Low in calories
Kiwis are high in nutrients but low in calories, with about 64 kcal per serving!
The Kiwi fruit Juice Ingredients
Pick ripe kiwis that are slightly soft to the touch.
There are two varieties of kiwifruits in the market – green and yellow. The color difference indicates the presence of chlorophyll. While green kiwis contain a green pigment, yellow, do not. In addition, green kiwis are sweet and tangy with high juice content making them a perfect choice for juicing. On the other hand, the golden kiwi fruit is sweeter with lower juice content.
Sweetener – optional
Ripe kiwi fruits are naturally sweet, so you don’t need additional sweeteners. However, if you pick unripe sour kiwis, you may need to add a natural sweetener to balance the tartness. You can use liquid sweeteners like maple syrup, honey, agave, or brown sugar.
Tools for juicing kiwis
How To Make Fresh Kiwi Juice?
First step – prepare kiwis.
First, gather ripe kiwi fruit and wash them thoroughly. I juice the kiwis with the skin as the kiwi skin is edible and contains a high fiber that adds additional benefits. In that case, use organic produce. However, you can peel the skin off if you prefer. Next, cut the kiwis into small pieces.
Second step – juice them.
Some people prefer their kiwi juice pulpy, while others prefer it to be more smooth.
Using an immersion blender
Place all the kiwis in a bowl (when using an immersion blender) or blend until smooth.
Blend the kiwis on high speed until you get a smooth consistency. This may take around 1-2 minutes, depending on the power of your blender. First, check the consistency of the juice. You can dilute it with a cup of water, sparkling water, coconut milk, or apple juice to thin it out if it’s too thick. Alternatively, add a few ice cubes to make the juice cooler and more refreshing. Blend until smooth to incorporate the ice cubes. Blending retains the fiber and nutrients and the seeds in this fresh juice add a great texture.
To make pulp-free kiwi juice, you can strain the seeds and pulp. Use a cheesecloth or nut milk bag and squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Alternatively, use a fine mesh strainer and press on the pulp to push through the liquid.
A juicer automatically separates the juice from the fibrous pulp making the juice pure and smooth. I use this juice extractor to add veggies like carrots, beetroot, celery, or fruits (oranges or apples) to the blend. Cut the kiwi into small pieces to fit and juice the juicer chute. You will have a smooth juice free of pulp or tiny black seeds.
Third step – Serve it
Pour the juice into a glass and serve it fresh to retain its freshness and flavor. Some people prefer to serve it chilled, so refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes before serving. Its vibrant green color looks best in a tall clear glass with a straw. For an extra pop of color and flavor, garnish the green juice with slices of fresh fruit like kiwi, strawberries, or lime. Remember to stir it well before serving to ensure the pulp and juice are well mixed.
Variations of fresh kiwi juice recipe
Make kiwi juice with Extra fruits
Add a handful of fresh strawberries to the blender with kiwi for delicious strawberry kiwi juice.
Combine kiwi and pineapple in a juicer for a sweet and tropical drink.
Add fresh lime juice to kiwi juice for a tangy and refreshing twist.
Blend kiwi with fresh mint or basil leaves and a touch of honey for a refreshing and aromatic delicious juice.
Mix kiwi with coconut water and a squeeze of lime for a refreshing and hydrating smoothie.
Kiwi juice recipes with Veggies
Spinach is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals and has a mild flavor that won’t overpower the kiwi. It also gives the juice a beautiful green color.
Cucumber is refreshing and cooling, making it a great addition to kiwi juice. It also helps to hydrate the body.
Carrots add a slightly sweet taste to the juice and are packed with beta-carotene, which is excellent for the skin and eyes.
Celery has a subtle flavor and is high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. It also adds a refreshing crunch to the juice.
Kale is a superfood that is rich in vitamins and minerals. It has a slightly bitter taste, but when combined with sweet kiwi juice, it creates a perfect balance of flavors.
How much kiwi juice should you drink?
While kiwi juice is healthy and nutritious, drinking it in moderation is key.
One kiwi fruit contains about 2 grams of fiber and 64 milligrams of vitamin C, which is about 70% of the recommended daily intake. Therefore, consuming 1-2 kiwi fruit per day is a healthy addition to your diet. More than that can lead to gastrointestinal discomfort due to its high fiber content.
How to store leftover kiwi juice?
For the best practice, you can store the fresh fruit juice in a refrigerator in an airtight glass container and consume it within 24 hours for the best flavor and nutrient levels. After this time, it may start to lose its flavor and nutrients. If you want to store kiwi juice for longer, you can freeze it in an airtight container or ice cube tray for up to 3 months. Be sure to thaw the juice in the refrigerator before consuming it.
What to do with the leftover pulp?
Don’t throw away the leftover pulp. Instead, you can freeze and add it to smoothies later on for extra fiber.
Or use it in baking recipes, such as muffins, cakes, and bread. The pulp can add moisture and flavor to your baked goods.
Alternatively, compost it. The pulp is biodegradable and will break down over time, adding nutrients to your soil.