Kiwifruit sorbet
21st September 2009

Kiwifruit sorbet

By Kate Photography by Adam

I love sorbet, especially freshly churned sorbet on a hot summer’s day. When thinking of a new way to serve kiwifruit with the pav I decided, hey, why not make kiwifruit sorbet. I had heard that freezing fruit and then blending it in a food processor with some sugar and water was an easy way (with good results) to yield sorbet, so I decided to give it a whirl.

Kiwifruit are awesome but like most good things there are some pitfalls. It is known for its calcium oxalate content which forms very sharp and nasty crystals, which is why sometimes kiwifruit creates a sharp tingling sensation on your tongue, in severe cases where people have a reaction to it, it can create symptoms as found in anaphylactic shock. So beware if you are trying this fruit for the first time eat a small portion first to determine if you are one such individual. People with kidney disorders and gall bladder problems should avoid eating it all together due to its oxalate content.

The other interesting aspect to this fruit is the enzymes it contains, which are known protein tenderizers. It’s for this reason you should only cut it right before serving, otherwise it will break down not only itself but anything else that it might be in close proximity to. It is an awesome addition to salads, both sweet and savoury, just remember to add it right before serving or it’ll make everything go soggy!


serves 2-4
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  • 6 kiwifruit (peeled)
  • ½ cup caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp ice cold water


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  • 1. Cut the kiwi in half, remove the core and cut into small pieces. Place on a plate or tray and place into the freezer for two hours or until frozen.
  • 2. Once the kiwifruit is frozen put into the blender with the sugar and blend for a few minutes or until it has a granular texture.
  • 3. Gradually add the water until the mixture comes together in a nice creamy pale green sorbet.
  • 4. Scoop out into a bowl and place into the freezer until you are ready to serve it.


  1. Oooh! I’m a HUGE fan of sorbet, but have never tried making some. Plus, I love when the words “delicious” and “easy” are coupled!

  2. Susie

    Hi Jessica, I too am a fan for the pairing of delicious and easy in a recipe. I forgot to mention that you can adapt this to other fruits as well like pineapple and melon. I found your melon granita recipe, it looks divine! Thanks for your comments :) Susie.

  3. the kiwifruit has to be one of the most beautiful fruits in the world, don’t you think? it’s gorgeous in its natural state, and clearly, it’s gorgeous in the form of sorbet, too. i’d risk anaphylactic shock for a bite. :)

  4. Adam

    I made this the other night – everyone loved it. I was too impatient to freeze the kiwifruit for the whole two hours so it wasn’t quite set but still tasted great

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