How to Eat a Kiwi
A kiwi’s prickly, fuzzy exterior conceals a jewel-toned fruit with serious tang and juicy sweetness. But did you know you can actually eat kiwi skin? Learn more on how to prepare and eat kiwis in our guide.
By Elizabeth Harris, Contributing Editor and Peggy Woodward, Food Editor
Expert Tips from the Taste of Home Test Kitchen
- Kiwifruit with green flesh is most common, but they also come in shades of red and gold and in different sizes, too.
- How do you take your vitamins? Rich in vitamin C and vitamin K, kiwifruit are a sweet-tart source of fiber.
- Yes, the skin is edible! But no worries if you’re not keen on it. Kiwis are easy to peel.
How to Ripen Kiwi
Like many fruits, you can ripen kiwis more quickly by placing in a brown paper bag with a banana or apple at room temperature. When they’re ready to eat, kiwis should yield to slight pressure.
How to Store Kiwi
Keep ripe fruits in the refrigerator up to 1 week.
4 Ways to Eat Kiwifruit
Scoop with a Spoon
First, cut off both ends of a kiwi. Then slip a teaspoon just under the kiwi fruit skin, matching the spoon’s curve to the curve of the fruit. Slide the spoon around the kiwi to separate the fruit from the skin, being careful not to dig the spoon into the flesh. Once the spoon has been completely run around the fruit, it’ll easily slip out of the skin in one smooth piece.
Peel and Slice
Cut the ends off and peel with a vegetable peeler.
Whether you’re looking for the easiest possible prep for a kiwi, or you have an adventurous spirit, this is for you. Just take a bite, skin and all. If the fuzziness bothers you, rub it off first to make that kiwi peel more appealing (we couldn’t resist!).
Blend kiwi, whole or peeled, into a smoothie or squeeze it to extract the juice.