Kiwi fruit is a sweet-tasting fruit with a green, fleshy pulp. To find out if a kiwi fruit is ripe, you first need to make sure its surface is plump and brown. Squeeze the fruit lightly and smell it, looking for a slight softness and fruity aroma. If all these signs are confirmed, your kiwi is ripe.
Method 1 of 3: Examining the Surface
Step 1. Check that the shell is completely brown
When the kiwi fruit is ripe its skin is completely brown, including the down, surface and inside. If the fruit is still unripe, it is possible to notice flaws in the coloration under the hairs.
This shouldn't be the only factor to test to determine if the kiwi fruit is ripe. It's just the first step to know if the fruit is ready to be consumed
Step 2. Look for a plump fruit
A mature kiwi is usually plump and bulbous, with a rounded, fleshy shape. The fruit will likely not be ripe if it has a firm surface.
A wrinkled rather than smooth surface indicates that the kiwi is overripe and has dried up
Step 3. Smell the kiwi fruit
Bring your nose closer to the hole where the kiwi was stuck to the branch and look for a sweet, fruity aroma. A ripe kiwi has a very characteristic aroma, while unripe fruit has no smell at all.
Step 4. Choose a fruit with no damage or blemishes on the skin
It is easier to tell if a kiwi is ripe when its skin is smooth and whole. This also helps to avoid damaged fruit. Soft spots on the skin can make you think the fruit is ripe when it's actually still unripe.
Spots and dark spots are common on kiwi fruit that has over-ripe or has been damaged in some way
Method 2 of 3: Squeezing and Testing the Fruit
Step 1. Squeeze the fruit lightly
Pressing the fruit with your thumb, feel if the texture is smooth but firm. A ripe kiwi should be slightly soft to the touch.
- The fruit is green if it is too hard.
- Fruit is spoiled when it looks too soft.
Step 2. Examine the inside of the fruit
If you still don't know if the kiwi is ripe or not, the best option is to open the fruit and check the pulp. The seeds of a ripe kiwi will all be black and the flesh is bright green (in the case of a green kiwi) or yellow (in the case of a yellow kiwi).
If the kiwi fruit is not ripe, the seeds will be green or red and the pulp more opaque
Step 3. Test the taste
The best way to know for sure if a kiwi is ripe is by taste. Peel the fruit with a knife or peeler and cut a slice. The pulp should be soft and have a sweet taste.
- A green kiwi will not be sweet or fluffy.
- Although you can eat the kiwi rind, many find its texture unpleasant due to the down.
Method 3 of 3: Making a Kiwi Ripen
Step 1. Let the kiwi fruit ripen
You can let kiwifruit ripen naturally on your kitchen counter if you don't need to eat it right away. It will gradually ripen within a few days, depending on the temperature and how ripe it already was.
- The warmer the environment, the faster the fruit will ripen.
- Check out the ripening of the kiwi every day. Eat the fruit as soon as you think it is ripe.
Step 2. Put the kiwi in a bag with other fruits
Put the kiwi in a bag with an apple or banana if you need it to ripen faster. This will expose the kiwi fruit to a greater amount of ethylene gas, which is exhaled by the fruit and causes it to ripen.
Step 3. Keep the green kiwis in the fridge until you are ready to eat them
Fruits can stay in the fridge for weeks and even months if they're still unripe. That way you can ripen and consume one at a time.