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Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Kiwi Fruit : Facts, Nutrition and a Recipe for a Low Carb Kiwi Fruit and Blackberry Cake

Kiwi fruit:
The brown and hairy exterior of this egg-shaped fruit doesn't look promising, but inside it's a different story - sweet, yielding, bright green flesh, prettily dotted with black seeds.

The flavour is distinctive but hard to pin down - some say it's like strawberry, others say pineapple. Its named after the bird of the same name from Zealand, where it's also grown, though its other name, Chinese gooseberry, reflects its original country of origin.

Very high in vitamin C, kiwi fruit is far better eaten raw - cooking it destroys the vitamin content and the green colour. The enzymes it contains makes it good for tenderising meat, but they'll also cause milk to curdle and will prevent gelatine and aspic from setting, so don't attempt kiwi ice cream or jelly. 

All year round. 
Choose the best
Go for firm fruit that gives slightly when gently squeezed. Avoid wrinkled and bruised fruit. 
Prepare it
Peel off the skin with a knife or vegetable peeler, then chop or slice. Alternatively, to eat it as a snack, cut in half and scoop out the flesh with a teaspoon. 
Store it
If ripe, keep in the fridge - they'll last around at week. If under-ripe, keep at room temperature.

Back in 2011 Eddie wrote "Check out the nutrients in a kiwi fruit. OK at around 10 carbs per 100 grams it’s a bit carby. When you consider the average Kiwi fruit weighs around 70 grams, half is only around 3.5 carbs. Thinly slice and serve with some double cream, great grub and very high in vitamin C."

Kiwi Fruit and Blackberry Clotted Cream Cake
Low In Carbs

100 grams of ground almonds
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon of melted butter
2 tablespoons of double cream
One Kiwi fruit
100 grams of blackberries
125 grams of clotted cream

Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl.
Melt the butter in a Pyrex jug/dish, add the eggs, cream.
Add the dry ingredients and mix.
Pour mix into a 6" x 3" micro-wave safe glass dish.
Microwave in a 700watt for 4 minutes.
Allow to cool and cut in half.
Spread on extra thick clotted cream add the sliced kiwi fruit.

Place top on cake and cover with clotted cream and add the blackberries.
Tastes fantastic serves six.

A variety of recipe ideas/articles are found within this blog, and not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter. 

All the best Jan


mxtodis123 said...

I love kiwi, but those darn little pits get stuck in my teeth. Still eat them though.

Tom said...

...looks and sounds like a great combination.

CJ Kennedy said...

Mmmm, this looks like a perfect Summer dessert

DUTA said...

I like it, but it doesn't like me too much in its raw form (rather pungent for my stomach), so I cook it with some other fruit and make a fine 'compote'. It is not a cheap fruit, though, unless one buys the small ones.

Catarina said...

This is a cake I will make once I have all the ingredients! :)

Elephant's Child said...

Yum. I like the golden kiwifruit we have started to get too.

Lady Caer Morganna said...

That cake looks and sounds scrumptious!! A must try for sure! Thanks!!!

sandy said...

My answer is based on "have you ever" ....

and I have never ever had a kiwi - although I wouldn't mind trying.

NatureFootstep said...

I like Kivi, It is a delicious fruit. :)

Helen Howes said...

Nice to see a cake without artificial sweeteners!

Sue (this n that) said...

A great article... nice to know about the vitamin c content.
We eat these in Summer, however not too many at a time... once a friend gave us a large bag full so we indulged - oooh our lips went numb and swollen :D) We must have received a year's vit c on that one day!

William Kendall said...

It's been a long while since I've had kiwi.

happyone said...

Not a fan of kiwis.

Martha said...

I like kiwis now and again. The cake looks really yummy!

Iris Flavia said...

Hmmm, I do like kiwi, thanks for the reminder,here in Perth I get ripe ones (unlike Germany).

Amy Purdy said...

I'm not really a fan of kiwis but blackberry cake sounds good.

Christine said...

Thanks for the info, the cake looks so good!

Margaret-whiteangel said...

Love kiwi fruit and use it for many things.

baili said...

never had this one before dear Jan!

thank you for useful sharing !

what a delicious looking cake !

mamasmercantile said...

I rather enjoy a kiwi occasionally, the cake looks delicious.

chrissie said...

I love kiwis and was pleased to see they have so much vitamin content.

Have a great day

Love Chrissie xx

Sami said...

Love Kiwifruit which I cut in half and use a teaspoon to eat out of each half.
The cake sounds simple and delicious Jan.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I don't think I've ever had kiwifruit, but that cake looks very pretty. Sorry I'm so late visiting. Seems to be the story of my life lately.

Jean | said...

Jan, I don't care much for very sweet things, and this sounds delicious! I love the tangy flavor and the texture of kiwis. If you're a clotted cream fan, you should check out my clotted cream post!

Carol Blackburn said...

Gee, I haven't thought about kiwi for ages. I used to eat it during the summer months in my fruit salad that I don't eat anymore either. I just might have to pick one up now and then for old times sake. A luscious treat, for sure. THanks for the reminder.

Miss Val's Creations said...

I love kiwi! I used to cut 1 up and bring to work in a container for a snack. The tartness is great for a pick me up when feeling tired.

Teresa said...

Me encantan los kiwis. Yo hago bastante mermelada y está riquísima. Besitos.

Out on the prairie said...

I like to eat them any which way, but this is a fun taste combo

Laurel Wood said...

Thanks for a very interesting recipe. Have a great day.

Snowbird said...

You have me craving kiwis!!!xxx

Bob Bushell said...


Magic Love Crow said...

I love kiwi, but I'm allergic to them, so I can't eat them!! Too bad!