Kiwi Rhubarb Jelly

I get weekly produce delivery from Full Circle Farm here in Seattle. Each week, I get a box full of mostly local produce. This time of year, the mostly local is not necessarily all that local, which isn’t surprising since that would mean pretty much surviving on miner’s lettuce and sorrel. Neither of which I need coming in my weekly produce box, because I have plenty of that in my garden already.

Mostly, at this time of year, the box includes some sort of salad greens and braising greens. Local apples that tend to store well. Onions are always a big part of the box. And then, there are the California fruits: oranges, a mango and kiwi. The oranges are always nice to have; the mango, just one, is perfect for a smoothie each week; and then there are the kiwis. Each week, 4 kiwis. This has been going on now for quite some time, and I’m telling you, I’m getting a bit behind on my kiwi usage. I do like kiwi fruit, but seriously, other than the occasional juicing or chopping for a salad, what are you supposed to do with them?*

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Enter kiwi jelly. I’m not saying this is going to be the new lime curd. When you cook a kiwi, the bright green fades to a more olive tone; the delicate berry flavor gets a little crushed. But kiwi jelly is still a nice way to go if the kiwi fruit has started to take over your kitchen. Toss in some chopped rhubarb from the garden (especially if you have the kind that stubbornly comes up green even though it is supposed to be the bright red kind!) for some tang and to help thicken the jelly. Some juice from a lemon and a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to brighten the flavor. A pinch of salt and a few cardamom pods add just a little something special. And, suddenly you have a lovely little jelly that goes terrifically with hard cheeses, nuts and crackers. It is reminiscent of pepper jelly, without the heat.

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Kiwi Rhubarb Jelly
Makes a little more than a pint

5 or 6 kiwi fruit, peeled and chopped
2 stalks of rhubarb (green variety for color), chopped
Juice of one lemon
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
a pinch of salt
1/3 cup sugar
3 cardamom pods (optional)

Add the kiwi fruit, rhubarb, lemon juice, vinegar and salt to a heavy bottomed pot. Stir in about 1/2 of the sugar, and begin to simmer over medium-low heat. Add the remaining sugar to taste, along with the cardamom pods (if using). Simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring frequently, until the mixture reduces some and thickens. Place in a jar and chill before using.

*One of the best things about Full Circle’s weekly delivery is that they have a delivery exceptions list, so you can take off foods you don’t want to get. Since I like kiwi fruit, I haven’t bothered to add them to the list. Another benefit of Full Circle is that you can add additional things to your order… high quality grocery items like milk and yogurt from local farms, additional produce, nice olive oil and even some locally grown meats and fish.

  • Joy

    I never thought about Kiwi jam! Interesting!

  • Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets

    Wow loving the creativity with both the ingredient and the photography. I have a recently developed obsession with rhubarb and simply must try this :)

  • Ashley

    What a great idea. We have the same kiwi issue. The addition of cardamom was brilliant.

  • Happy When Not Hungry

    Wow this jelly looks amazing! I’ve never seen this flavor combination before. I will def have to try especially since rhubarb is in season. Thanks!

  • Barbara

    I’m going to have to make this…never even considered it. Interesting to have a bit of rhubarb in it.

  • Allison

    Beautiful photos! I love this idea for leftover kiwi.

  • Gabriel

    Gorgeous photos Lara. In full disclosure I’m the communication person for Full Circle. Thanks for being a member and for the awesome recipe! Would you mind if we shared it with our members in the next Farm Notes? Cheers!

    • L

      Hi Gabriel,

      Sure… you are welcome to! And thanks for all the lovely produce!


  • Culinary School: Three Semesters of Life, Learning, and Loss of Blood

    And here I am, home from the farmers market with a counter crowded with rhubarb and wondering what to do with it. Serendipity!

  • Giovani

    That’s beautiful, the recipe sounds great! I’ve made a plain kiwi jam before and mine stayed bright green, not sure how I got so lucky. Kiwifruit is great on fruit tarts as well. :)

  • Grig

    A great idea. I love kiwi fruits but until now i never liked the kiwi jam

  • Dena

    Beautiful photos. Love your stuff.

  • Shane

    Kiwifruit can also be used to make cake. Just take whatever your basic banana cake recipe is and substitute the banana equivalent for blended kiwifruit. You’ll need to add a bit more flour because of the extra liquid. It works, and means you get cake that’s green on the inside which I think is rather neat.
    In a totally different vein, it’s also good for marinades and tenderising meat. All that acid.

  • Valerie

    That’s interesting, never seen anything fun like that done with Kiwi before, and actually looks super yummy! I just might have to try it.

  • Erin @epiCURIOUS ERIN

    What a great idea! Can’t wait to try it.

  • Robyn

    Your kiwifruit preserve looks/sounds delicious, the kiwifruit season here in NZ has now started, so I’ll be trying it, thank you. By far my favourite use (and daily use in season) is to simply eat them – cut in half through the equator and scoop out with a spoon.

    btw Kiwi are birds ( or a nickname for NZers), the fruit is always called kiwifruit here. How did they get this name?:

  • Ingrid (foodopera)

    Being a Kiwi myself (from New Zealand) we live on these furry little creatures. I prefer the golden ones myself (Zespri), less tart, and don’t leave the funny taste on your tongue. We usually slice them up and whack them on a pavlova (large meringue) with cream and strawberries. But other savoury ideas are Kiwifruit Salsa and marinated prawns and kiwifruit skewers on the bbq. Looks like you had fun Lara, trying something new. Ingrid

  • Corries cuisine on FB

    Looks like it could make a good cocktail base too..? Bit of vodka, a small spoon of sugar, squeeze of a lime and slosh of sparkling water… and some ice, on a sunny day! Amazing :)

  • Joan Foster

    Hi, just made a double batch of this, and wonder if there is an error in the sugar amount. It is quite bitter to taste. When I compare the ingredients to other kiwifruit jams, there is a significant difference. Most call for three cups of sugar.

    Thanks for checking.

    • L

      Hi Joan,

      Sorry it wasn’t to your taste! You are right that this has less sugar than other kiwi preserves; it’s really more like a pepper jelly or a chutney though instead of a typical jam you’d put on toast… that said, I’m surprised it was bitter for you; that seems a bit odd. Both the rhubarb and the kiwi are high in acid, so it does tend to run on the tart side rather than the sweet side but nothing should introduce a bitter quality.