Saturday, February 19, 2011

ZESPRI® Kiwifruit Announces Winner of Lunch 2.0 Bloggers' Recipe Contest Coco-Kiwi Mango Salsa with Cinnamon Crisps Wins Grand Prize of $2,500

ZESPRI® Kiwifruit Announces Winner of Lunch 2.0 Bloggers' Recipe Contest Coco-Kiwi Mango Salsa with Cinnamon Crisps Wins Grand Prize of $2,500

ZESPRI® Kiwifruit announced today the winner of the $2,500 grand prize for its Lunch 2.0 Bloggers' Recipe Contest www. kiwiforlunch. com. The competition asked bloggers to create an original recipe using kiwifruit as an ingredient, which would also travel well in a kids' lunch box and appeal to children's sometimes finicky taste buds.

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) September 14, 2009

Launched on June 26th, the Lunch 2.0 Bloggers' Recipe Contest ran for six weeks with a semi-finalist chosen each week and advanced to the finals with the chance to win the grand prize of $2,500. The six semi-finalist recipes were judged by Charlie Ayers, former Google chef, author of Food 2.0 and owner of Calafia Café and Market A-Go-Go, Palo Alto, CA; Deborah "Biggie" Hamilton who writes about creative, fast, and delicious lunches on her popular blog, Lunch In a Box; Zespri's North America Manager, Karen Brux; and the ultimate taste testers of all - a junior panel of neighborhood children.

Ultimately, the winning recipe was a simple solution - a kiwifruit salsa created as a dessert - Coco-Kiwi Mango Salsa with Cinnamon Crisps. The grand-prize winner, Natalie Perry, mixed diced green kiwifruit with diced mangoes and shredded coconut to create a delicious dip for imaginative sugar and cinnamon-coated crisps made from flour tortillas.

"We were impressed by the variety of the recipes," said Chef Charlie Ayers. Deborah Hamilton agreed, adding, "Selecting the winner was not easy as every recipe was delicious and used kiwifruit in creative ways."

Karen Brux commented, "What our expert judges liked about this recipe was its taste, kid appeal, and the ability to be packed in a reusable container for a child's packed lunch for school. Some of our junior judges liked the tangy-sweetness of the green kiwifruit, while others liked how the mango softened the tartness and the coconut added a bit of crunch."

ZESPRI sponsored the contest to educate parents about the health benefits /www. zesprikiwi. com/10reasons/ (http://www. zesprikiwi. com/10reasons/) of the mighty kiwifruit. Kiwifruit was rated as the most nutritious fruit, bite for bite, in a Rutgers University study of the 27 most popular fruits. Awarded Super Food status, one serving of kiwifruit contains more potassium than a banana, the vitamin C of two oranges, and all the fiber in a bowl of bran cereal.

Congratulations to our winner Natalie Perry, a stay-at-home mom to two little girls who writes about food and recipes on her blog Perry's Plate.

And while kiwifruit is delicious in all kinds of recipes, it's also perfect for kids to enjoy as is - just cut and scoop! ZESPRI created the Spife for exactly this reason.

For the winning recipe, click here. www. kiwiforlunch. com/winners. htm (http://www. kiwiforlunch. com/winners. htm)
For a video of our judging panel, click here. www. youtube. com/watch? v=4QmV_z19eu4 (http://www. youtube. com/watch? v=4QmV_z19eu4)

ABOUT ZESPRI® KIWIFRUIT

Read about the remarkable story of how ZESPRI Kiwifruit got its start at the turn of the 20th century here www. zespri. com/zespri-story/zespri-history. html (http://www. zespri. com/zespri-story/zespri-history. html).

With people around the world taking a greater interest in where products come from and the impact of their purchases on the planet, climate change and carbon footprints are becoming increasingly important factors for consumer industries to consider.

ZESPRI has been leading the way in the world's horticultural sector, working in collaboration with the New Zealand Ministry for Agriculture and Forestry to create a comprehensive carbon footprint of New Zealand Kiwifruit to determine its impact on the environment. Learn about ZESPRI's sustainability practices and the New Zealand Kiwifruit Carbon Footprint Study here /www. zespri. com/zespri-story/zespri-sustainability/carbon-footprint. html (http://www. zespri. com/zespri-story/zespri-sustainability/carbon-footprint. html).

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