#799 – Actinidia

I still remember the first time I tasted a kiwi. It was in a class back in grade school. Our teacher brought some in for us to try. None of us had ever seen one before. We were shocked at the bright green insides after examining the little fuzzy brown eggs. I remember thinking parts of it tasted like strawberry and parts tasted like banana. Now I just think it tastes like kiwi.

Happy book 4th of July tomorrow!

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44 thoughts on “#799 – Actinidia”

  1. Speakerblast says:

    ahah… I’m allergic to kiwi

  2. Zoran says:

    That may be the quickest way, but it’s hard to find the back end of the kiwi…..

  3. Lance says:

    Oh, the zipper! Is that what it’s there for!

  4. Micah says:

    Got to make sure you cut off its beak first.

  5. StrikerNZ says:

    Well coming from the land of the kiwi.. I can give you a few tips. 😉
    The way I eat them is to cut in half and scoop out the insides with a teaspoon.

    And they’re not called kiwis down here, that’s the bird, although they look similar. We call them Kiwifruit. 🙂

  6. Ziggy Stardust says:

    I… I should make a New Zealand joke here, but I can’t think of anything. Forgive me.

  7. Bononoman says:

    Wouldn’t that give the kiwi a metallic taste?
    *shudders*

  8. Kay. says:

    I actually heard there are people who it it with the skin… *shudders*

    and @Ziggi – “The best way to eat out a Kiwi is opening the zipper on the front”…

  9. Kay. says:

    and * eat it, not it it.

  10. Madness says:

    Almost 800th comic! I’m excited!

  11. TCC says:

    all of my Kiwifruit keep getting their zippers stuck… It’s a real pain, but it’s alot better than the button fly kiwwi…

  12. Nicoli20 says:

    I can never seem to find that zipper…

  13. MaskedMan says:

    My Kiwifruit is defective… It doesn’t have a zipper. 🙁

  14. craniumkid22 says:

    All of my kiwi have switched to Velcro.

  15. Dzelda says:

    Wow, youd be amazed at how many people spend frustrating hours trying to open something, and then they realize theres a zipper on the back. Obviously, Biffs not one of those people.

    Then again, he DID wait for some time before he realized the escalator in his home was broken. 😆

  16. Scuzzlebutt says:

    You knowm coming from New Zealand and hearing people talk about eating Kiwi, its always kinda funny, as here, Kiwi is a bird that is endangered, Kiwifruit is the fruit to which others refer to as kiwi.

  17. ThatSomethingGuy says:

    GAH! NO! KIWI! GAH!
    A Kiwi is a BIRD! A flightless, nocturnal BIRD! A bird that looks as though God had a bunch of leftover bird and other animal bits and shrugged, mushed them all together and then, upon seeing this thing, decided to hide it far away from where any civilized person could find it.
    Biff has a KIWIFRUIT!

    Seriously. I’d know, as I’m in that odd little part of the world where Kiwi and Kiwifruit originate (though there’s debate on the fruit).

  18. Allan says:

    I once got my kiwi’s caught in MY zipper…Unpleasant.

  19. SUPREMEXC says:

    I eat the kiwi with the skin on it. Try it. It’s surprisingly good. They fuzz on it is a little disturbing at first but its good.

  20. i.half4 says:

    I have to give half credit to TCC for this one:

    Biff appears to have discovered a new species of fruit fly.

  21. Karen says:

    Kiwi is my favourite fruit that I’m not allergic to (peaches and plums are more delicious, but I only eat them rarely because I have to get all hopped up on Benadryl first so that I don’t break out in sores).

    My trick for eating them is to use a spoon. I use the edge of the spoon to cut off a little “cap” at the top, then scoop out the insides, leaving only the skin behind as a little empty husk.

  22. wasabi says:

    I hate how everyone calls them Kiwis. Their proper name is Kiwi fruit. Kiwis are the birds, dammit.

    There is a difference! Stop calling them kiwis! They’re Kiwi fruit!! D:

  23. no name says:

    Hm… I’ll be sure to try that next time.

  24. weerd2normal says:

    kiwi was my first fruit, and now it is one my most favorites, but they are so expensive now.

  25. Zach Light says:

    I can’t find it under all this fuzz on this dang kiwi

  26. steve-o says:

    I eat my kiwis with a power drill. It’s kind of confusing at first, but you figure it out eventually.

    Tomorrows my birthday, yay!

  27. dartigen says:

    Seeing as I have complicated ways of eating fruit, I use a paring knife to peel off the skin (stuff will choke you badly) and then I just eat it whole. Or slice it up if it’s for a fruit salad.

  28. Linzleh says:

    I am also a Kiwifruit spooner, yum, lots of vitamin C…Biff just needz to cut the fruit in half!

  29. Baughbe says:

    Happy 4th Biff!

  30. Radical Edward says:

    the Kiwi fruit…So rare and exotic…I haven’t had any in years.

    So, Biff’s trying to unzip it. Be careful, Biff! It’s got little seeds.

  31. Space Butler says:

    Ah, the zipper…

  32. sharrabarra says:

    I’m one of those crazy people who eats the skin…best part for you…why peel it? 🙂

  33. sco3tt says:

    Kiwi – 2 for a dollar
    Zippered Kiwi – Priceless

  34. Ashes says:

    I love kiwi. But I only buy them when there’s a ‘six for a dollar’ sale or something. :]

  35. Chaos Kiwi says:

    Mmmmm…. Kiwis….

  36. el_es says:

    An old joke :
    An elderly pair went to a fruit market, seeing the brown, hairy fruit for the first time, he said : ‘Oh look dear, hairy potatoes! Let’s buy them, you can do some hairy potato tart’ ‘Oh, you stupid thing. These are KIWI, they make a shoe paste!’

  37. Cedarus Rex says:

    I eat kiwis with the skin on. I just give it a good wash first to remove anything I wouldn’t want to eat. It’s hald because it’s efficient and half because I am lazy. It also adds a whole new flavour to it.

  38. Deteramot says:

    I’m not particularly fond of Kiwifruit.

  39. Scarfington says:

    once, in kindergarten, we did a taste test thing where you had to identify foods blindfolded. I somehow got the kiwi and banana mixed up. Other then that I was good though…

  40. Solord says:

    you know kiwifruit is its full name and that some people call a new zealender “kiwi”. just anoher odd fact

  41. Statnio says:

    Yeah im also from New Zealand and its odd hearing it called a ‘kiwi’ as to us that is a flightless bird native to NZ and other nations around the world call New Zealanders ‘Kiwi’s’ so its strange hearing it called kiwi instead of kiwifruit haha.

  42. Statnio says:

    Sorry for the double post just realised there are a surprising amount of New Zealanders who read the Book of Biff. Pretty small nation so dont really see others on the internet let alone 4 or 5 commenting on one comic haha. Nice work Chris

  43. David says:

    Some of you seem to be mistaken. The mistakenly named “kiwifruit” is in fact the imature form of the organisim known in NZ as the Kiwi. In other regions of the world, we simply refer to them as kiwis.

    The adult Kiwi bird lays its egg, from which grows the ‘kiwifruit,’ which in turn eventually develops the secondary characteristics readily recognizable as belonging to the class Aves. “Scooping out the inside with a spoon,” is a practical method of eating immature kiwis, as at this stage in their development they have not developed awareness/sentience.

    After a kiwi has become fully mature, the life cycle repeats itself. It is thought by most zoologists that this unusual life cycle is the result of the long association Kiwis have had with interdimentional travel, an association the Kiwi has in common with Owls. It is hypothesized that in alternate dimensions, this form of lifecycle is, if not rare, then at least somewhat common. Similar biological functionality have been observed in the plant kingdom in our own dimension (ie: hesperidia and the oak/squirrel phenomena).

  44. Marscaleb says:

    Oooooohhhhhh!
    That’s what I’m doing wrong!

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