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A recipe in one of my mother's cookbooks called for Chinese gooseberry. I can't find it anywhere, although there is no Chinatown anywhere near where I live.

Actually, Chinese gooseberry is what kiwi fruit used to be called. Growers in New Zealand imported the plant from China around the turn of the 19th century, thus the Chinese part of its name. And without the fuzzy brown skin, the interior of the kiwi fruit does look vaguely like a huge gooseberry. However, New Zealand eventually renamed the fruit "kiwi" (in honor of their national bird) and the name has stuck. The kiwi fruit is now grown in this country, too, though we know of no plans to change its name to eagle fruit.
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