Wee Kiwis

Flirty fruits | October 18, 2012 | By

Little is cute.  This isn’t news.  The smaller they are, the more we like them.  It all started with Arnold.  Next it was Webster.  Mr. Papadopoulos…  Recently, TLC started “Little people, big world.”  Now it’s Honey Boo Boo…  And yes, I added that last one to help with search engine hits.  But Webster could out-traffic Honey Boo Boo, right?

Anyway.  Maybe TLC should do a show about mini kiwis, because they’re pretty cute too.

Grape kiwis are exactly like the big ones as far as I can tell, except that they’re hairless and small — the Chihuahuas of the fruit world. They’re also called “hardy kiwis,” because they survive for a while in cold temperatures, although they don’t last long once they’ve been picked, so if you find some they should be treasured.

Grape Kiwis and Grapes

It’s always challenging to prepare a strange fruit in something other than a fruit salad or a smoothie, but I don’t like going for the obvious, so this time I went to my trusty epicurious app and pretended the grape kiwis were grapes.  Here’s the coolest recipe I came up with based on that search, cooked with my modifications below:

Chicken Curry Salad with Grapes (and now grape kiwis) – serves 4 appetizer portions

  • 2tsp curry powder, Madras-style preferred
  • 1/4C light mayo
  • 1/4C plain low fat Greek yogurt
  • 1tsp minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1/2tsp grated orange peel
  • 2C cooked chicken, diced (I used leftovers which was awesome)
  • 1/2C grape kiwis, halved (use all red grapes if you’re not lucky enough to find grape kiwis)
  • 1/2C red grapes, halved
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 handful walnuts, chopped
  • 4 large curly lettuce leaves

Directions:  Stir curry powder in pan over med-high heat until fragrant (about 1 min).

Transfer to med bowl.  Add everything except lettuce leaves (did I really have to tell you that?).  Place one lettuce leaf on each plate and top with salad.

Results:  This was actually one of my top experimental recipes.  I shouldn’t be surprised, because Epicurious rarely disappoints, but it was even better with the seedy acidity of the baby kiwis.  My friend dropped in and I made her try a plate despite her liver cleanse (yes, I strong-armed her) and she texted me hours later to say she was still thinking about the salad.  Deliciously rich texture.  When I can’t find the baby kiwis I’ll make this with grapes, and will throw it into a pita.  Awesomesauce.  Rating:  5 Yums

Wine Pairing:  Winealign.com tells me the classic wine pairing for a chicken curry is Riesling and I’m sick of recommending my favourite, Cave Spring’s.  Its alternative suggestion is a sparkling white, so let’s go with the Bernard Massard Brut Cuvée De L’écusson, Luxembourg, which Winealign suggests is the best sparkling white for under $25 to be found at my local liquor store at only $16.95 in Ontario.  I wish I were drinking some with Emmanuel Lewis right now.

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    Jackie Dale
    October 19, 2012

    That was fabulous! I love anything mini and we love kiwis in our house, so a kiwi the size of a grape is perfect. Thanks for discovering! I had no idea they existed.
    The chicken salad was delicious and something I would love to serve for a lunch when I have friends over.
    My kids would also like all the makings of the salad minus the “sauce” of mayo and yogurt so I could serve them a dry version in the pita.
    Easy and delicious! Thanks for forcing me to be your guniea pig. 5 yums for sure!

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      Ann Allchin
      October 19, 2012

      Thanks Jackie! Great to have a trusted opinion from an expert cook like yourself! Can’t wait to tempt you with more decadent food and drink to celebrate the end of your liver cleanse! 🙂

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    Heather Sccott
    October 20, 2012

    Ann, this is one I can make but with the red grapes of course readily available here! It reminds me of a popular recipe here Coronation chicken,I will have to make it when Andrew isn’t around as he won’t eat fruit!

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      Ann Allchin
      October 20, 2012

      No fruit? He’s going to get scurvy!! 🙂 Give it a try, it was delicious!

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