Kiwi sorbet

Stressed out, healthy-minded, or simply longing for a tasty treat? There are always good reasons for trying out fantastic Kiwi sorbet.

Kiwifruits are filled with vitamins, and they pack quite a lot of dietary fibre and Omega 3 fatty acid. Recent studies even seem to suggest that eating 2-3 fruits per day may reduce the risk of blood clotting. In other words, kiwifruits go very well along with a healthy lifestyle … and make for a great, refreshing sorbet (one of the most delicious I know, actually)!


The Kiwi bird – flightless national symbol of New Zealand. “Kiwis” has also become a popular nickname for New Zealanders, so remember to specify if you are talking about the fruits, the birds or the people;-)


The delicate kiwi fruit, with its sweet and quite unique taste, has actually only been known to the world as “kiwi” since about the 1960’s. Before that, it had been known under many names, for example ‘Chinese gooseberry’. And the fruits seem to have originated in China, where they were valued for their tonic effects. Due to re-branding by marketing people on New Zealand (where modern day commercial cultivation began), however, the fruit started its successful journey across the globe under the Maori name “Kiwi”.   

The recipe is very simple – kiwifruits, water and sugar – and as to the origins of the recipe, I have seen several similar ones out there. Since most of these, however, also tend to add some lemon juice, I want to credit the incontestable David Lebovitz for not doing so. While lemon juice tend to be a perfect counter-measure in otherwise overly sweet sorbets, it is simply not necessary to add any in this one. As mentioned, this is definitely one of my own favourite recipes, and what I particularly like is the freshness and the purity of the fruit flavour. In terms of “flavour impact”, the sugar amount in the recipe is relatively modest – perfect for a sorbet, but far from disturbing the freshness and ‘kiwiness’ of the fruit flavour.


Preparing the sorbet,  or “I can’t believe it’s so easy!”

This is one of the best-tasting sorbets that I know – and it is also one of the easiest to make!

For the recipe, try to find quite mature kiwifruits – they will carry the most flavour. Cut the fruits in halves and scoop out the meat with a spoon (or peel them and cut them to pieces, if you so prefer). Add sugar to the fruit meat and purée together. Then add the water – the sorbet base is ready! Yes, I told you it was easy;-)

By the way, do not worry about the seeds of the kiwifruits  – they are so soft that you will barely notice them, and they really add to the visual beauty of the sorbet!


Kiwifruit meat


The fruit meat and the sugar about to be puréed


Before churning the sorbet base in your ice cream machine, do let it chill a few hours in your refrigerator. Working with chilled ingredients will speed up the churning phase and improve the quality of the sorbet (as the ice crystals that form will be smaller).

No ice cream machine?  No problems! Use your freezer, and still-freeze the sorbet. Since it will speed up the still-freezing, it is not a bad idea to allow the sorbet base to chill in the refrigerator before putting it in the freezer. More details on still-freezing without ice cream machine can be found here, so just a reminder about the most important aspect of it here: remember to thoroughly whisk through the sorbet base every 40 minutes or so! This will speed up the even freezing of the sorbet, and – most importantly – also break down the larger ice crystals that are bound to grow because of the extended freezing time!

Fantastic Kiwifruit sorbet, freshly churned


Ah – look at that! The kiwi sorbet is not only absolutely delicious but also visually stunning! Well, I could go on and on praising this fantastic sorbet … instead, I think I’ll just make my way to the kitchen and help myself to another portion … or two. I strongly encourage you to follow suit – the kiwi fruits are waiting, and will not disappoint you;-)


Kiwi sorbet
Deliciously refreshing, easy and nice Kiwi fruit sorbet, after a recipe by David Lebovitz
  • About 1 kg of Kiwifruits (10-15 pieces; about 500 ml (1 pint) purée in the end)
  • About 150 ml (2/3 cup) sugar
  • 330 ml (about 1.4 cups) water
  1. Cut the kiwi fruits in halves and scoop out the meat with a spoon (or peel the fruits and cut them in pieces, if you so prefer).
  2. Add sugar to the fruits and purée with an immersion blender or similar.
  3. Mix the purée with water.
  4. Chill the mixture in the refrigerator (for a speedier churning).
  5. Churn in your ice cream machine according to instructions, or still-freeze in your freezer (see the post on that for further advice).
Many other recipes for kiwi sorbet also add some lemon juice. I simply do not think that is necessary. If you do not mind using raw eggs, you may want to add a whipped-up egg white to the sorbet base just before churning - this will improve consistency, particularly if the sorbet is going to spend some time in the freezer. I must admit, however, that I've never added egg white to this particular sorbet - if it freezes too hard, I cut out a piece of the sorbet with a knife (!) and, possibly, soften the block in the micro-wave oven for about 20 seconds or so;-)


You may also like...

2 Responses

  1. Barry says:

    I made this today – and it is very good. My local fruit store was selling Kiwi fruit – 10 for $1, so I had to try it out.

    I made a simple syrup by firstly boiling ( and then cooling) the sugar and water — I have found that this makes sorbet making almost foolproof. The sorbet stays nice and soft, even after having been in the freezer for several days. I think that perhaps that I whizzed the Kiwifruit up in my blender for too long – as all the seeds have been “smashed”. Next time I make it I will only pulse the fruit.

    • Anders says:


      Glad to hear that you liked it – it is indeed one of my favourite sorbets (with the seeds intact 😉 )

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Rate this recipe:  

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.