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Kiwifruit and strawberries — BFFs
Kiwifruit and bananas — nutritional twinsies!
Kiwifruit and mangos . . . Kissing cousins?

On paper, they live very similar lives. Both have multiple varieties. Both are naturally sweet. And both are considered a nutritional powerhouse — bursting with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, such as, vitamin C, folate, and much more. Some folks even feel that SunGold™ Kiwifruit have the slight taste of mango in its flavor profile. Exactly how similar are they? And what are the differences between mangos and kiwifruit?

Nutritional Similarities Between Kiwifruit and Mangos

Looking at the nutritional value of mangos and kiwifruit, it’s easy to see why we like to call them “cousins.”

• Rich in vitamin C
• Contains fiber
• Good source of potassium
• Low cal
• Low fat
• Low sodium
And both mangos and kiwifruit have enzymes that aid in the breakdown and digestion of protein.
Fun Tip: Use Zespri® Kiwifruit as a meat tenderizer or make a healthful marinade for your steak or pork.

Kiwifruit and Mangos Nutritional Values at a Glance

Mango — one cup serving*
(about 165 grams)
Zespri Green — one cup serving
(2 medium kiwifruit, 148 grams)
SunGold — one cup serving
(2 medium kiwifruit, about 162g) 
100 calories
protein: 1 gram
fat: 0 grams
carbohydrates: 25 grams
dietary fiber: 3 grams (12% DV†)
potassium: 277 mg (7% DV)
sodium or cholesterol: 0
vitamin C: 100% DV
vitamin A: 35% DV
vitamin E: 0% DV
90 calories
protein: 2 gram
fat: 1 gram
carbohydrates: 22 grams
dietary fiber: 4 grams (16% DV)
potassium: 460mg (13% DV)
sodium: 3.4mg
cholesterol: 0
vitamin C: 230% DV
vitamin A: 0% DV
vitamin E: 10% DV
110 calories
protein: 2 gram
fat: 0 grams
carbohydrates: 26 grams
dietary fiber: 2 grams (8% DV)
potassium: 460mg (13% DV)
sodium: 4mg
cholesterol: 0
vitamin C: 430% DV
vitamin A: 0% DV
vitamin E: 10% DV
* Nutritional data taken from USDA Nutritional Database
† Daily Value, as recommended by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Nutritional Differences Between Kiwifruit and Mangos

Both fruits provide a great deal of vitamin C. But the mango simply can’t compete with the sheer amount of vitamin C delivered by a single serving of Zespri Kiwifruit. Compare the mangos 100% daily intake value of vitamin C with the 230% from a serving of Zespri® Green kiwifruit — and a whopping 430% from Zespri® SunGold™! Talk about powerful!

Mango and kiwifruit are both good sources of potassium. That’s good for supporting muscle function and the body’s nervous system. But Zespri™ Kiwifruit provides twice as much potassium as its mango cousin.

Read more about how kiwifruit’s actinidin and fiber content can help with digestion at our article,FODMAP: Zespri Kiwifruit, Gut Health and You!

But What About the Taste?

Taste is subjective. But you can typically expect a tropically sweet flavor from mangos. You might find it’s a cross between a pineapple and an orange but without the acidity of an orange. Some mango varieties also have a splash of a peach aftertaste, with a slightly tart kick to them.

With this flavor profile, you can see how it’s reminiscent of kiwifruit. Zespri® Green has that tart kick while Zespri® SunGold™ is often described as “tropically sweet.” In fact, some people — ourselves included — will often describe SunGold™ Kiwifruit as tasting a cross between a mango and a strawberry.