Kiwi is short for kiwifruit. This luscious fruit with light green flesh wasn’t always known by that name. It had many names in different countries (it still does, actually). It became “kiwifuit” in a branding attempt by New Zealand commercial exporters. You know, to associate the fruit with the country where kiwi, a bird, is the national symbol. Apparently, the marketing technique worked.
Kiwi is not all that popular in the Philippines. Although it is now widely available, it is still more expensive than most locally grown fruits. Not surprising because, after all, it is imported. Although it is not something that we can enjoy everyday (we wish we could!) because of its price, when we do buy kiwi now and then. Speedy is especially fond of kiwi and he experiments with it to find out what it will go with well.
He has discovered that it goes well with other fruits to make Filipino-style fruit salad.
He also discovered that kiwi is great for making vegetable salad.
And Speedy’s most recent kiwi experiment — kiwi martini.
- 3 oz. of vodka
- 1 kiwi, peeled
- ½ tbsp. of simple syrup
- a kiwi slice, to garnish
- Muddle the kiwi with the simple syrup in a cocktail shaker (see how to muddle).
- Add ice.
- Pour in the vodka.
- Pour into a martini glass.
- Garnish with the kiwi slice.