Gelato al Kiwi {Kiwi Gelato}


Ah, sweet summertime! So along with the blistering heat that we’re already experiencing here in the South East comes the need for all things cold and refreshing! And that of course means GELATO! Yes, go ahead and prepare yourself for the barrage of gelato and sorbet recipes that are going to be coming your way. It’s inevitable!

I was first introduced to kiwis in Italy where my neighbors grew them and provided us with as many as we could eat. *happy days* And I’m so happy to say that my bambini now have the same love for them as I do. They love their fuzzy little exterior and vibrant green color! And well of course the taste! So juicy and smile inducing. I mean what’s not to love right! Just look at them! Go ahead, try not to smile LOL!

I often (way too often LOL) just eat them straight out of their fuzzy little personal containers LOL and while doing so thought, mmmh what about turning this into a delectable lickable gelato! Yes, complete with their own little carrying cup! How cute is that right? I just scooped out the gaw-geous flesh and blended it with my immersion blender {love that thing} and put the shells into the freezer to set up while the gelato was churning.


I love the texture that the small black seeds give the gelato! If you didn’t want that you certainly could strain it prior to putting it into the mixture. As always, be sure to let your mixture cool down before putting it into the fridge & that you let it get completely COLD WHILE in the fridge before attempting to churn. I know, I know, it’s hard to be patient when you know what creamy goodness is coming your way. But trust me…you must!

In fact, WHILE you’re waiting on that to cool off you can enter for a chance to win The Great Kiwi Adventure – a fantastic trip for 4 to the beautiful Bay of Plenty in New Zeland! How fab would that be right?



Gelato al Kiwi {Kiwi Gelato}
What you’ll need:
3 cups of whole milk
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
6 egg yolks
1 cup sugar plus 2 additional tablespoons
4 kiwi – peeled

What to do:
1. Whisk your egg yolks, and 1 cup of sugar together into the bowl of your mixer. Mix together with your paddle attachment until light and creamy.

2. Into a large sauce pan add milk, heavy whipping cream and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar. Heat over medium heat stirring frequently until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Add some of the warm milk/cream mixture to the egg yolk mixture into order to temper.

3. GRADUALLY add the egg yolk mixture into the milk/cream mixture and stir well to combine. Return to medium heat and cook until mixture thickens/coats the back of your wooden spoon. Remove from heat stir in vanilla extract. Allow mixture to cool in pan and then once pan is cool, place into the fridge to allow mixture to cool completely.

4. When you’re ready to make your gelato, place your peeled kiwi into a bowl and mix together until creamy with your immersion blender {food processor or blender). Stir the kiwi mixture into the cream mixture and follow instructions on your gelato or ice cream maker!

Buon Appetito!


  1. 1

    Ooh, this sounds like summer in a nutshell (or kiwi skin, I guess!). Such a fun presentation, and I love the idea of all those crunchy little seeds in the gelato.

  2. 2

    I SO! need an ice cream/gelato machine! This looks fantastic.

  3. 3
    Jackie Reding /

    Paula, I have been searching for some unique gelato recipes…one of the best we ever had was in Rome; it was “visciola” (sour cherry) and so tart and yummy. I have yet to find a recipe for it but your kiwi looks like a fantastic option to try in the meantime. Grazie!

  4. 4

    I love the way you served it in the cored out kiwi. great idea.

  5. 5

    GORGEOUS!!! I’m such a huge fan of any sort of gelato in its fruit shell… but I never thought of kiwi 🙂

  6. 6

    This looks amazing. Great presentation Paula!

  7. 7

    That looks delicious and very fresh.

  8. 8
    Lisa Thompson /

    Man oh man! ::sound of squealing tires as commenter rushes out to buy an ice cream maker::

  9. 9

    Am I missing something here? I can’t see your ingredient list…

  10. 10

    i’m probably going to be an outcast for saying this, but i don’t love kiwis…

    BUT i can already tell you i would love this gelato! such a gorgeous color, and the seeds have such a beautiful contrast…YUM!

  11. 11

    Happy days is right! WOW. Refreshing and perfect.

  12. 12

    Oh, wow! I’ve been wanting to make kiwi gelato since tasting some in Florence. They’re on my top three list next to melon and pistachio.

    I still haven’t broken the seal of my ice cream maker but your post has been a huge inspiration. Thanks! Yours looks absolutely delectable!

  13. 13

    This is a great idea. Probably one of those innovative ways to use kiwi that I have seen in a long time! Great job!! My fave way to use kiwi has to be
    Kiwi Mango Lassi Smoothie
    . But yours is definitely much cooler! Will cool me off once I try! Thanks for sharing!


  14. 14

    Sounds so delicious!!! I love gelato, but I haven’t had it in years. I just made some homemade ice cream, but I might have to experiment with gelato soon!

  15. 15

    Your kiwi gelato is beautiful and inspiring…I can’t wait to try it!!

  16. 16

    I love your frosty kiwi! The gelato looks so refreshing- perfect for summer. I can’t wait to try it. Thank you for sharing a little bit of Italy! 🙂 Betty

  17. 17

    Kiwi gelato sounds so refreshing – great idea. Plus, I love when people make cups or bowls out of food… it’s always so cute!

  18. 18

    Absolutely adorable! What a fun way to enjoy this tasty-looking gelato.

  19. 19

    That is AWESOME! Love to try it in summer.

  20. 20

    I’ve made lemon cups with green tea ice cream in them! lots of fun making them; and sooo looking forward to making my own gelato this Summer; got recipes up my sleeve right now that I can’t wait to share! I love the idea of using Kiwi fruit….

  21. 21

    Mmmm…I can almost taste it! A new and good way to enjoy kiwis. We’re not quite sweltering here, yet, but ice cream sounds good any time!

  22. 22

    I’ve made a lot of gelato, but never kiwi! This looks so refreshing.

  23. 23

    I love this idea. I’ll share it with my readers today.

  24. 24

    I LOVE this idea. and the presentation really makes it. Have you tried this with any other fruits?

    I just wanted to let you know we’ve included it in today’s Foodwhirl summer inspirations roundup :
    thanks for sharing it !

  25. 25

    What a wonderful dessert…exceptional:)

  26. 26

    looks amazing and adore the way you served it in the kiwi yum

  27. 27
    LaLaLinz /

    The picture makes my mouth water! Looks fabulous.

  28. 28

    I just found your blog this morning and am looking forward to some quiet time to really check it out. I was heading out of town but I hurried and put you on my food blog (pretty new) so my readers can have it as a go to just as I’m sure I will. Just a beautiful blog…the entire package.

  29. 29

    Questo gelato sembra delizioso! I welcome summer with open arms!

  30. 30

    What a fun and fresh flavor for gelato!

  31. 31

    Wahoo!!!!! I have anxiously been awaiting summer because I knew you would start posting gelato recipes! I love me some gelato and I’m even more in love with the thought of kiwi gelato! You are a genius (especially because of the idea of using the skins as cups)!

  32. 32

    This gelato looks delicious! I love kiwis!

  33. 33

    This looks fabulous! I will definitely have to try it next time I have kiwi!! 🙂

  34. 34

    we love us some gelato that’s fer shur!! gorgeous!

  35. 35

    I love this gelato and adore the presentation!

  36. 36
    Phoebe /

    I made this gelato today exactly according to your recipe (though without the kiwi cups, as i’m not handy enough to extract the fruit without destroying the skin) and it turned out AMAZING. My dinner guests said it was creamy without being heavy, and marveled at the complex flavors – tart kiwi, smooth custard, just enough sugar. I splurged on organic ingredients and it was worth it. Thanks for this fantastic post!

  37. 37
    lani /

    this sounds delish BUT dangerously fattening….not to mention the impossibility of anyone who is fructose or lactose intolerant, being able to eat it 🙁

  38. 38
    Michele Henson /

    Just wanted to add that blanching the kiwi fruit before pureeing will keep it from turning bitter. Apparently kiwis have an enzyme that breaks down and causes it to become bitter, which I learned the hard way when a lovely batch of gelato turned inedibly bitter as it cooled.


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