Sept. 24, 2014
The letter this week is K - for Kiwi
So, what can I tell you about KIWI???
Well, it depends upon which Kiwi we are talking about - shall we start with the fruit!
Native to China, the fruit was first called 'yang tao' but was changed to 'Chinese Gooseberry' by the New Zealanders who began cultivation on a commercial scale, exporting to California where the fruit was re-branded as the Kiwifruit, after the Kiwi Bird (more later).
About the size of a hen's egg it has a fibrous, dull greenish-brown skin and bright green or golden flesh with rows of tiny black edible seeds. The fruit has a soft texture and a sweet but unique flavor and grows on a fast growing woody vine in most temperate climates with adequate summer heat.
The vines require vigorous pruning, similar to that of grapevines, and the fruit is borne on one year old and older canes.
Firm kiwifruit ripen after a few days to a week when stored at room temperature, but should not be kept in direct sunlight. Faster ripening occurs when placed in a paper bag with
an apple, pear, or banana.
Would you like a recipe? I found this delightful recipe for chocolate covered kiwi popsicles at Bare Foot in the Kitchen (a blog) and it sounds easy and fun to make - and tempting....
You are going to need six large kiwis, peeled and cut into 1/3 to 1/2 inch rounds, a cup of dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1/4 cup of coconut oil and some popsickle sticks.
Slice the kiwis into rounds with a popsickle stick in each one and place on a tray lined with wax paper (or parchment). Freeze for AT LEAST four hours, and up to 48 hours.
In a glass bowl melt the chocolate and the coconut oil over a pan of simmering water, and then dip each frozen kiwi into the melted chocolate - the chocolate will harden within a few moments of being dipped. Eat immediately - or re-freeze what you don't eat immediately! A good way to get chocolate along with your vitamin C.......
Another Kiwi is the wingless bird, for which the kiwi fruit was named, and there is a marked resemblance, at least in shape.
During the Second World War there were many boys from New Zealand
stationed in Canada with the Commonwealth Training Program, and a few I came to know.
They were affectionately referred to as 'Kiwis".
They had a wonderful accent to our Canadian ears and lots of expressions that
soon became familiar to us.
Great was either 'choice' or 'cracker'
'Crikey' or 'Crikey Dick' expressed surprise
'Get off the grass' meant go away, or calm down
and of course everyone has heard 'G'day mate' and 'Good on ya!'
I have heard Charles say 'I'll have your guts for garters' - no doubt
picked up from Kiwi airmen.
'Like a box of fluffy ducks' indicates happiness
and if you were 'On the pig's back' all was well and good.
'We're home and hosed' meant successful and safe.
For more K's visit here at ABC Wednesday
with thanks to Roger, Denise and all Kool helpers.