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Old 12-15-2006, 02:41 PM   #1
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Cooking Kiwi?

The other day at the market we found very very mature kiwi on sale at 70 cents per kilo. There weren't many left and the vendor who was evidently anxious to wrap it up and go home, gave all of them to us for 1, which were nearly 2kg. They were very good, only one of them being gone over the hill.

We didn't have much problem gobbling them down within a few days (aside from making some more kiwi ice cream... mmm), we came to wonder, just in case we find similar deal again, if kiwi are good for baking (pies, crostatas...), making jams or comports etc. We just realised we don't remember seeing the fruit being utilized this way. Could that mean kiwi are heat intolerant fruits which causes unpleasant reactions when they are cooked? Or have we been missing something and there are great recipes with cooked kiwi? Has anyone tried it?

We are very curisous!

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Old 12-15-2006, 03:10 PM   #2
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Actually I've never had cooked kiwi either. To me they taste like a cross between a strawberry and a banana, so I think it might make a good cooked fruit topping(along with strawberries) for a tart, maybe use puff pastry and pour the fruit compote on and partially fold over the pastry leaving the fruit expose a bit and then bake it.
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Old 12-15-2006, 03:13 PM   #3
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I've made fruit pizza with them. But thats just pouring hot glaze over the kiwi...never heard of anyone cooking them. Cool question, I'm going to google.

Edit: Found this link for you. Cool history, I didn't know they were called gooseberries.

And another. OK, this one is the best I think. Its an actual site dedicated to Kiwi's.

In summary, I think kiwi's are OK either fresh or frozen, but the only cooking anyone does with it appears to be a marinade. Its like pineapple apparently with the enzyme that prevents gelling. The green one also curdles dairy but the gold one doesn't. Very cool indeed. Thanks urmaniac, I learned something today.
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Old 12-15-2006, 03:45 PM   #4
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Wow thanks Alix, you are indeed the queen of googling!! (is that why you are so good at movie lines and song lyrics game? )

Collected oodles of interesting ideas and recipes, though as you pointed out, very few cooked recipes. I did find the jam recipe among the recipe list from about page, I shall give it a try if I can find them that cheap again, hey, at 2kg of kiwi for 1€, what the heck! Even if the bright green turns ugly brown or something from cooking, considering its flavour it can't turn out so bad me thinks...
Anyway even if that doesn't work out now I have plenty of ideas with kiwi, though, I bookmarked them all!!
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Old 12-15-2006, 04:05 PM   #5
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I didn't know they were called gooseberries..
I think gooseberries are something completely different, and I think if you google them and look at the google images you'll see what I mean. We had gooseberries on our farm and they were nothing like kiwis.
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Old 12-15-2006, 06:24 PM   #6
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Kiwifruit used to be known as Chinese Gooseberries, until they New Zealanders took them over! But they aren't real gooseberries at all.

Kiwifruit is Actinidia chinensis, A. deliciosa.

Gooseberries are Physalis peruviana, P. edulis (and others). Also called Cape Gooseberry or Ground Cherry.

As you've probably noticed, Australians and NZers call them 'kiwifruit'. This distinguishes them from 'kiwi', which is a NZ bird!
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strawberry kiwi jam is a favorite at house....i try and make some every year.--usually make the freezer jam
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Old 12-16-2006, 01:15 AM   #8
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urmaniac, indeed I rule at Google, but I always try to do the lyrics and quotes from my brain first. I have a truly stupid amount of trivia floating around in there.

Z, oops, I forgot to type in the "chinese" part of the gooseberry thing. I think regular gooseberrys are those really sour green thingys aren't they? Man those have pucker power!
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I've made fruit pizza with them. But thats just pouring hot glaze over the kiwi...never heard of anyone cooking them. Cool question, I'm going to google.

Edit: Found this link for you. Cool history, I didn't know they were called gooseberries.

And another. OK, this one is the best I think. Its an actual site dedicated to Kiwi's.

In summary, I think kiwi's are OK either fresh or frozen, but the only cooking anyone does with it appears to be a marinade. Its like pineapple apparently with the enzyme that prevents gelling. The green one also curdles dairy but the gold one doesn't. Very cool indeed. Thanks urmaniac, I learned something today.
Now the secrets out, those Kiwis pinched them from China and re-named them. A big no-no to freezing them, been there and done that, they break down to mulch. You are right about using them in/as marinade, I use them or pineapple as a tenderiser. Nice links, thanks Alix.
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Opps! May I say "and those Kiwis improved on them"
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