It was the early 1990’s and the boffins at the New Zealand Kiwifruit Marketing Board had a problem on their hands. Despite the fact that kiwifruit goes with absolutely everything, kiwifruit sales were plummeting*. The answer was obvious and led to the publishing of “101 Kiwifruit Ideas”, proving to doubters everywhere that kiwifruit could be paired with wontons, prawns, tacos, salmon, curry and thrown indiscriminately in to soup.
The possibilities were endless and two of the most intriguing were Hot New Zealand Kiwifruit and Bacon Salad and a Kiwi Café (a Kiwi Iced Coffee).
The Kiwifruit and Bacon salad was as simple as cooked bacon, sliced kiwifruit and pasta with some white wine vinegar poured over it.
The bacon was hot, the kiwi was cold and the pasta was vinegary. The end result looked like this:
Each ingredient on its own was ok, when you combined them together though it just tasted weird. I didn’t think it was possible to make bacon taste bad but kiwifruit does just that. Clearly what was missing was an accompanying kiwifruit drink, which is where kiwi café comes in.
A kiwi café is strained kiwifruit, carefully topped with cold coffee and then milk. Put together at first it didn’t look too bad.
It didn’t taste great and then once you stirred it then the milk and kiwifruit sort of separated and curdled like this:
So, surprisingly, it turns out kiwifruit doesn’t go with everything. Who knew.
* This is all made up. And maybe early 1990’s isn’t totally retro but who doesn’t love a story that stars kiwifruit.