Kiwifruit (Actinidia deliciosa) is indigenous to Southeast Asia and has been known to the inhabitants of China and Southeast Asia since ancient times. According to Medical News Today, it was formerly known as the Chinese gooseberry but many mistakenly associate it only with New Zealand because it became popular when they started exporting the fruit around 50 years ago. It bears the name kiwi or kiwifruit rather than Chinese gooseberry in order to avoid the high duties charged on berries and because it shared some of the same characteristics as New Zealand’s national symbol, the kiwi bird which is also small, brown, and fuzzy. This wonder fruit is now cultivated in Chili, Italy, New Zealand, and the United States.
This fruit has a thin, fibrous brown skin that encases the sweet edible green fruit with hundreds of tiny black seeds. Those seeds that are cold pressed into a nourishing and high in essential fatty acids like alpha linoleic acid (ALA) and linoleic acid. Kiwi seed oil is ideally suited for hair and skin because of the high concentration of ALA, which helps to maintain moisture and prevent drying and scaling. ALA is an omega-3 fatty acid that can also be found in flaxseed, canola, soy, and walnut oils. ALA is significant in hair and skin health because people who lack it often have dry, brittle hair and have trouble growing hair according to nutritionist Ann Louise Gittleman.