How to Cut a Kiwi

The kiwifruit, also known as a Chinese gooseberry, looks unappealing at first glance. But its furry exterior holds a delicious treasure inside, a pretty green (or golden) flesh flecked with black seeds and a white center. There are numerous ways to cut a kiwifruit, depending on whether you like to leave the skin on or off, eat the fruit straight away, or use it for decorative purposes. This article explores some of the techniques.

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With the Skin On

  1. Buy or grow a kiwifruit. The fruit should be a brown-green color and have short, fuzzy hairs. Hold it in your palm and give it a light squeeze to feel whether the kiwifruit is soft. If it’s too soft, it might have gone bad. Try to pick a medium soft kiwifruit as it will be just right to eat straight away.

  2. Wash the kiwifruit. Washing the kiwifruit ensures that any possible contaminants on the skin, such as bacteria, are not transferred to the fruit itself.

  3. Chop the kiwifruit in half, across the widest part. Use a clean, sharp fruit knife and a chopping board. Depending on the ripeness of the fruit, the knife should cut right through. If it’s still a little hard, you may need to slice again to cut through the core.

    • At this point, you can eat the kiwifruit as it is, scooping the flesh out of the skin with a spoon, like you would eat a boiled egg.

    • Some people prefer to remove the small, black seeds from the kiwifruit, but this is completely optional as the seeds are perfectly edible.

  4. Cut the kiwifruit into circular slices. For smaller, more decorative slices of kiwifruit, cut the entire fruit into circular slices, working from one end to the other, discarding the end pieces. Then cut through the diameter of each circle to form small, kiwifruit semicircles.

    • These kiwifruit slices make a great addition to a decorative fruit salad and add a splash of tropical color to the tops of cakes, pavlovas and other desserts.

    • They also make a great bite-size snack for small children and work well in school lunches. If you want to remove the skin before chopping, just follow the method below.

With the Skin Removed

  1. Cut the ends off the kiwifruit. Place the kiwifruit on a chopping board and carefully slice off both ends of the fruit, using a small knife. Don’t worry about wasting the fruit, you will need to expose a decent amount of the kiwifruit’s green flesh in order for this method to work.

  2. Insert a spoon between the skin and flesh of the kiwifruit. You can use a regular tablespoon to do this. Try to get the spoon as closely underneath the skin as possible, as this will make the fruit easier to remove.

  3. Rotate the spoon around the kiwifruit, beneath the skin. This will loosen the skin from the fruit. Depending on the size of the spoon, you may need to work on one side of the kiwi first, then switch to the other side to loosen all of the skin.

  4. Pop the fruit from the skin. Once all of the skin has been loosened, you should easily be able to slide the entire kiwi fruit out, leaving you with a perfectly smooth, cylindrical fruit.

    • It is also possible to just peel the kiwifruit with a knife, but you will inevitably remove some of the fruit doing it this way, and end up with a strangely shaped kiwifruit.

  5. Slice the kiwifruit vertically in half. Then slice each half again to form little kiwifruit wedges, perfect for fruit salads or a prettily arranged fruit plate. Alternatively, you can easily dice the kiwifruit into cubes of any size.

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  • Every part of the kiwifruit is edible, even the fuzzy skin.
  • The skin can be removed easily if the fruit is dipped into boiling water for about 60 seconds.
  • Kiwifruits contain an enzyme that tenderizes meat. This enzyme also prevents setting, so don’t add kiwifruit to home-made ice cream recipes, jellies or jams or they won’t set.
  • Look out for the golden variety; these are usually smaller than the green variety, have a smooth brown skin, yellow flesh and a sweeter taste.
  • Kiwifruit can make your mouth tingle a little bit; it’s helpful to serve this fruit with a drink, such as water or milk.

Edit Warnings

  • Wash fruit before you eat it to remove potentially harmful bacteria. Let it dry well before cutting. Drying with a paper towel will not remove enough moisture because of the fuzz.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut with; a dull one can easily slip.

Edit Things You’ll Need

  • Cutting board
  • Paper towel
  • Sharp knife
  • Spoon (optional)

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