Furry, rough skin covers the juicy, sweet flesh of a kiwifruit. The large, egg-sized fruit has a slightly tart flavour with hints of melon and fresh berries. Enjoy kiwifruit in desserts or simply pop them into a lunchbox with a spoon for a tasty and healthy snack. The tiny black seeds have a soft texture and are packed with nutrients such as vitamin C. Kiwifruit also make an eye-catching garnish can also be used to decorate desserts such as pavlovas or cakes. Here are some tips on choosing good-quality kiwifruit:
- Kiwifruit are harvested when they are ripe and firm, so choose only solid and unblemished fruit.
- They should have a long shelf life, so can be refrigerated for two to three weeks and then stored at room temperature for a few days until they are ripe. This is important as they get juicier when stored at room temperature.
- Ripe kiwifruit will yield to gentle pressure, so press it slightly to detect its ripeness.
- Kiwifruit make an excellent, kid-friendly snack and are a great source of vitamin C, vitamin E and dietary fibre.
- Avoid using kiwifruit in gelatine-based desserts as they contain an enzyme to stop them setting.
- Kiwifruit taste excellent with decadent desserts or even something as simple as cream, ice cream, ginger, strawberries and passionfruit.
- Peeled, chopped kiwifruit is delicious when eaten with white chocolate fondue.
- Make a fruity salsa by combining peeled, chopped kiwifruit with chopped red chilli and lime juice. Serve with chicken, fish or pork for a tasty summer-style dish.
- Make a fruity dessert cocktail with peeled, chopped kiwifruit, white rum, coconut cream and crushed ice. Blend until smooth and serve in a cocktail glass.