La.Pi.S.01 – It’s the Kiwifruit Season!

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All these years, I really thought kiwi or the kiwifruit is native to New Zealand. As I have this kiwi photo for La.Pi.S.01, I kinda googled for some information about this fibrous-skinned fruit with green flesh, edible-crunchy tiny seeds and acidic flavor that add up to a very unique taste and was I surprised!


- It is native to China and actually their national fruit.
– Seeds from China were brought to NZ in 1906 and the first fruits were harvested 4 years after.
– The name kiwifruit was only adopted in 1959.

O ‘di ba? Samantalang parating maasim ang mga natikman kong kiwifruit nung nandun pa ako sa Beijing. The ones I’ve had when I was in Brunei are a lot better and, yeah, as far as I can recall they were all from NZ.


Para sa Lasang Pinoy Sundays… sali na kayo!

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I am not a professional cook. My only claim to having a culinary background is a short stint as my dad’s teen ‘sous chef’ in his carinderia ages ago. Dad ran small eateries since I was a young kid - serving standard ‘turo-turo’ food ranging from the likes of menudo, adobo, pritong isda, dinuguan, binagoongan, bopis, munggo, pinakbet and giniling to merienda fares like goto, ginataan, pancit bihon, halu-halo and saging con yelo.

My father, a farmer in his hometown before working his way to becoming an accountant, definitely influenced my cooking in a lot of ways than I thought. My siblings and I were raised in a backyard full of fruit trees and vegetable garden. We spent weekends and the summer breaks running around with ducks, chickens, goats and pigs. I had wonderful memories of gathering eggs, butchering chickens, selling vegetables and the sweet aroma of preserved fruits. But my love for art led me to a degree in Architecture. Just few months after getting my license, I went abroad and lived independently at age 23. Definitely no maid, no cook, and a totally different food culture. Along the way I met lots of friends and spent what seemed a lifetime learning new tricks and recipes.

Now living in Auckland, I am a work-from-home mum who juggles time between work, fun and family - in pursuit of work-life balance. No matter how busy I am, I love the idea of cooking for my family. My blog chronicles home cooking greatly influenced by life outside my home country from Southeast Asia to Beijing and Auckland. And most of the time, being busy also means easy (sometimes quick), affordable meals.

4 thoughts on “La.Pi.S.01 – It’s the Kiwifruit Season!

  1. definitely one of the fruits i love.;thats why i cultivated some in my garden.;but i will need to wait seven years before i will have my first harvest.;in the meantime i’ll just be enjoying this kiwi photo of fours :-)

    btw, i would love to invite you to join recipe muncher..would love to welcome your blog in our community!!

  2. i didn’t know that the kiwi fruit is china’s national fruit. :) thanks for all the info. i learned a few things today. we never know when these will come handy. hee hee.

    have a great weekend!

    Munchkin Mommys last blog post..Nip Tuck

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