Kiwi is a fruit, more specifically a berry, which has originated in China. It got its name from missionaries who visited China from New Zealand. As a result, this fruit has a misleading name, and it is also known as Chinese gooseberry. This fruit is packed with nutrients, such as vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin C, potassium and fiber. All of these are necessary nutrients for the body and the brain of your baby to develop correctly.
In this article, we talk about introducing kiwi fruit to your baby’s diet and we give you 3 tasty baby food recipes.
The recipes in this article:
Recipe 1 – Kiwi puree
Recipe 2 – Tropical Puree
Recipe 3 – Kiwi and Greek yogurt
Recipe 4 – Kiwi, Avocado, and Strawberries
When can a baby eat kiwi fruit?
Babies can start eating kiwi at around 8-10 months old mark. Kiwi fruits come with a different eating problem for babies. Unlike with other fruits, which can cause an allergic reaction or are too hard for your baby to chew, kiwis are not like that. They cause allergy extremely rarely, but the issue might be their acidity. This fruit is one of the most acidic fruits, which can cause rashes and pain in your baby’s mouth.
To test out if your baby is ready to eat kiwi fruit, simply cut a small piece of it and feed it to him or her. Evaluate your baby’s reaction. If he or she is smiling, this fruit is most likely safe to eat.
Another important thing to note is that kiwi fruit has a lot of seeds in its flesh, but in most cases, they are too small to choke on. If your baby has no problem swallowing bigger tough food pieces, he or she will have no problem eating kiwi fruits.
Recipe 1: Kiwi puree (age 8-10 months+)
The most basic and easy kiwi puree.
- 1 kiwi
Step 1 – Diligently wash the fruit in clean water and slice down the top and the bottom of the fruit.
Step 2 – Peel off the skin or cut the fruit in half. Take a spoon and one half of the fruit.
Step 3 – Stick the utensil between the fruit and the skin. Push downwards until you hit the bottom of the fruit, then start separating the food from the skin by rotating your spoon around the fruit.
Step 4 – Finally, scoop out the fruit and repeat it with another half.
Step 5 – Whichever way you chose to get rid of the skin, take skinless kiwi fruit and put it in a blender. Blend it until you get a smooth puree with no chunks of the fruit. Here you go, easy to make puree which has kept all the nutritious value of the fruit.
Recipe 2: Tropical puree (age 8-10 months+)
- 1/2 cup (64g) rolled oats
- 1/4 cup (60ml) apple juice
- 1 banana
- 1 kiwi
- 1/2 cup (120ml) milk product of your choice (breast milk, baby formula)
- 3/4 cup (180ml) water
Step 1 – To make it pour apple juice and water in a saucepan and bring it to boil.
Step 2 – Peel and dice the kiwi and add it to the pan. Just right after it pours in the rolled oats.
Step 3 – Now make sure to stir everything up so it is all mixed up. Lower the heat and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes until you get a smooth mixture.
Step 4 – Finally, pour in the milk and bananas. Give it final stirs and you have prepared breakfast for your baby! If you are doubting if your baby will be able to swallow it, put it all in a blender and blend until it is as smooth as you desire.
Recipe 3: Kiwi and Greek yogurt (age 8-10 months+)
If you need quick baby food, this recipe is just for you.
- 1 kiwi
- 4 tbsp (60ml) Greek yogurt
Step 1 – To prepare it, just wash the kiwi and peel its skin by methods mentioned in recipe 1.
Step 2 – Cut up the kiwi into small pieces, which you are confident that your baby will have no problem swallowing.
Step 3 – Finally, get the yogurt in a bowl and lightly mix in the kiwi. This recipe can be blended, but if your kiwi fruits are too sour, the result may be too acidic for your baby. If that is the case, you can put more yogurt or less kiwi.
Recipe 4: Kiwi, avocado, and strawberries (age 8-10 months+)
Light, sweet and tropical. Your baby will love this one!
- 1 kiwi
- 1 cup of strawberries
- 1 avocado
- Breast milk or formula milk (optional)
Step 1 – Peel and dice the kiwi.
Step 2 – Clean the strawberries and remove the stems.
Step 3 – Dice the avocado, remove the pit and scoop out the meat.
Step 4 – Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend them into a nice puree. You can add some milk if you want a thinner consistency.
Feeding guide for Kiwi fruit
No. of tbs per portion
No. of feedings
Please keep in mind that this feeding guide is for kiwi only. If you add other ingredients, like meats, this guide will not apply anymore.
Are these baby food recipes freezable?
You should store your batch of homemade baby meals in a refrigerator using an airtight container for up to a period of 72 hours.
You can freeze this baby food into different portions by employing pouring the mixture into ice cubes or in small food storage containers.
Which kitchen tools to use
In order to prepare these baby food recipes, you will need the following kitchen tools:
Blender or food processor
Food storage containers or an ice cube form
How to select and store kiwi
They may all look the same on the outside, but when it comes to eating satisfaction, it’s the inside that counts. Start by looking for a firm, unblemished fruit, and don’t worry about the size — smaller kiwifruit taste just the same as larger ones.
You should avoid kiwis that have a greenish hue to their skin. Instead, pick kiwis that have goldish or dark brown skin. Press the outside of the fruit with your thumb. If it gives to slight pressure, the kiwifruit is ripe. If it doesn’t give to pressure, it’s not ready to eat.
When you buy unripe kiwi, leave them on the counter at room temperature, and they will ripen over the next three to seven days. Once the kiwis have finished ripening, place any leftovers into the refrigerator to preserve them. A ripe kiwi will only last on the counter for a couple of days but will keep in the refrigerator for one to two weeks. (source)
Kiwi fruit is full of nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin E, folate, and potassium. They also have a lot of antioxidants and are a good source of fiber.
Kiwi fruit is also good for the following purposes:
Boosts immune system
Can help manage blood pressure
Protects against vision loss
Now you know everything about introducing kiwi fruit to your baby.