Interested in trying a kiwi fruit for the first time? The fruit is rich in vitamin C and provides excellent antioxidant protection. Once you know how to determine if the kiwi is ripe, this unripe fruit is easy to peel and prepare. Eat the fruit or try adding it to salads, smoothies and other options.
Part 1 of 3: Selecting a Kiwi
Step 1. Check for blemishes
The fruit has an olive or brown rind covered with a thin layer of down. Inspect the entire kiwi to see if it has a uniform color on all sides. If you notice any darker or blacker stains, it may be spoiled.
Step 2. See if the fruit gives slightly to the touch
A ripe kiwi is quite firm, but gives a little when pressed with the thumb, which is an indication that it is at the peak of sweetness.
- If it's too hard, it's not ripe. You should be able to press it lightly.
- The fruit is past ripeness if it gives too much to the touch, as it should not be wilted.
Step 3. Smell the kiwi to see if it is ripe
Ripe fruit has a strong, aromatic smell. It should be sweet but not over the top. If it smells too sweet, it's probably past ripeness. If it doesn't have any aroma, it's not yet ripe.
Step 4. Learn how to ripen a kiwi
If the only one available is hard and very green, brew it in your own kitchen. Place the fruit in a plastic bag and leave at room temperature. In a day or two, it will be ready for consumption.
- Kiwi fruit releases an enzyme that causes ripening. Storing it at room temperature in a paper bag speeds up the process. You can add a ripe apple or a banana to make it ripen even faster.
- Don't try to do the same with a plastic bag. It is important to have some air circulation in the bag so that the kiwi does not end up having a bad taste or spoiling.
Part 2 of 3: Peeling and Eating a Kiwi
Step 1. Wash the fruit
Place the kiwi fruit under cold running water to wash away dirt and debris. Even if there is no visible dirt, it is a good idea to wash it if it has been treated with pesticides. Dry when finished.
Step 2. Cut the kiwi fruit to length
Hold the fruit at one end and use a knife to cut it in half vertically, resulting in two halves.
Step 3. Remove the pulp with a spoon
If the kiwi is ripe, the pulp will come out easily. Use a spoon to remove very close to the husk and separate it from the pulp. Do the same on both halves.
- If the pulp does not come off easily, it may be necessary to peel it with a knife or a vegetable peeler.
- You should also remove the skin if you prefer to keep it whole for slicing into discs.
Step 4. Eat the fruit
Eat the halves as is or cut into smaller pieces. Fresh, ripe kiwi fruit tastes delicious with hints of strawberry and a citrus flavor. Most people like the pure fruit, but if you're interested in trying a kiwi fruit recipe, they complement many other flavors as well.
Step 5. Store the rest in the refrigerator or freeze
The fruit will be good for a day or two if it is covered in the fridge. After that, it will start to degrade and lose its delicate flavor. If you want to preserve it longer, freezing is the best option.
- Spread the shelled halves or pieces on a baking sheet. Cover with a piece of film and freeze for an hour.
- Transfer them to a freezing container and freeze for up to a year before eating.
Part 3 of 3: Trying Kiwi Recipes
Step 1. Use the kiwi fruit in a fruit salad
Kiwi fruit is a unique and beautiful addition to any fruit salad. Slice into discs or small pieces and mix with your favorite fruits to add a light green element. Here are some combinations that look great with the fruit:
- Tropical Fruit Salad: Mix the kiwi pieces with chopped pineapple, mango and banana and a little lemon juice.
- Fruit Room with Berries: Mix kiwi pieces with slices of strawberry, raspberries and whole blackberries. Add some lemon juice.
- Citrus Fruit Room: mix with slices of mandarin and chopped grapefruit.
Step 2. Make a kiwi smoothie
Adding fruit to a smoothie adds a nutritious and flavorful touch. Kiwi fruit complements green vitamins thanks to its vibrant color. To make a smoothie, follow these steps:
- Peel two ripe kiwi fruit.
- Put them in a blender with half a cup of ice, a cup of yogurt, a small banana and a cup of spinach.
- If you want to make the vitamin sweeter, add two tablespoons of honey.
- Mix until very smooth and serve.
Step 3. Make a kiwi salsa
Like mango, kiwi fruit gives a different citrus flavor to a traditional salsa. This salsa is great with chips or to decorate dishes with seafood. Follow these simple steps to make kiwi salsa:
- Peel and chop two ripe kiwi fruit.
- Mix the pieces with a chopped avocado, half chopped white onion and a chopped yellow pepper. Add a tablespoon (15 ml) of lemon juice and mix well.
- Season to taste with salt and cayenne pepper.
Step 4. Try kiwi ice cream
This dessert combines the intense flavor of the fruit with the decadent flavors of marshmellow cream and sour cream. Three-part ice cream is pretty easy to make on a hot summer day.
- Peel and chop four kiwi fruit.
- Place them in a food processor with a cup of cream and 180 ml of marshmallow cream. Beat until very smooth.
- Freeze the mixture in the ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.
- Store soft ice cream in the freezer for several hours to harden.