Kiwi is a small fruit packed with a large amount of nutrients. A serving of kiwi has 5 grams of fiber and twice the calcium of an orange. Most of the nutritional value of a kiwi comes from the tiny black seeds that look like poppy seeds. Kiwi also contains vitamin E and vitamin A. Some might choose not to eat kiwi because of its unappealing outer skin, but the inside is delicious and healthy, even when overripe. Although some people find overripe kiwi undesirable, there are plenty of recipes that make overripe kiwi worth salvaging.
Overripe kiwi can be used to make kiwi bread. In fact, the key to making the bread taste good is to use overripe kiwi. Sift 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 tsp. baking powder and 1/4 tsp. baking soda and then set aside. In a separate bowl, cream together 1/2 cup softened butter and 2/3 cup sugar. Add two eggs, one at at time, then stir in 1 cup mashed kiwi. Fold in dry ingredients. Bake for 55 to 65 minutes in a 350-degree oven. This bread is good to serve for breakfast because the flavor goes well with coffee.
Overripe kiwi can be combined with other ingredients to make smoothies. Yogurt and other fruit make this a healthy and delicious treat. Make a kiwi-strawberry smoothie with a banana, strawberries, kiwi, frozen yogurt, pineapple juice and orange juice. Place ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth. These smoothies could be enjoyed at any time of day, but they make a excellent choice for a healthy, balanced breakfast.
Overripe kiwi works well for kiwi sorbet. Mix 2 lb. of kiwi and ¾ cup of granulated sugar in a food processor. Put mixture in an ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer's instructions. Kiwi sorbet is a frozen treat that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, and it is a healthier alternative than ice cream.
Kiwi salsa makes an excellent addition to tacos or steak. It can be made as hot or as mild as you wish by adding your desired amount of jalapeno pepper. Simply Recipes suggests combining the following ingredients: three to four chopped kiwis; 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds; 1/2 an avocado, chopped; 1 tbsp. thinly sliced green onion; 1 tbsp. jalapeno chili peppers, chopped; 1 tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped; 1 tsp. olive oil; and salt and pepper, to taste.
Sarah L. Harrer has more than eight years of experience as an editor at Thomson Reuters. She has edited titles such as "Lindey on Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts," and written several continuing education manuals. Harrer's work has also been published in "The Pioneer" and "The Angle." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from St. John Fisher College.