Cut a Kiwi
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- Buy a kiwi fruit. It should be a brown-green color and have short, fuzzy hairs. Hold it in your palm to feel whether the kiwifruit is soft. If it's too soft it might have gone bad. You would probably want to pick a medium soft kiwifruit as it will be just right to eat.
- You should wash the kiwifruit before you cut it and eat the flesh. Washing the kiwifruits ensures that contaminants on the skin, such as bacteria, are not transferred to the fruit itself.
- For really fresh new Kiwifruit - Make a vertical slice down the middle and again make another vertical slice. You'll have to cut around the core. Although some people choose to take off the seeds, that is optional. The seeds are fine to swallow. Otherwise, if you have picked a medium soft kiwifruit then you should be able to slice it half with a fruit knife no problem.
- Prepare smaller sizes for the under-5's. If you like, you can leave the kiwifruit as it is. However, if you are serving to children ages five and under, they may need smaller pieces. Cut each slice in half, horizontally, so that they are bite-size.
- Eat as you would a baked potato - eat it out of the rind or skin or use a spoon to scoop the fruit out instead.
- Eat it like a boiled egg - cut the top off and use a teaspoon to dig out the flesh.
- Try taking a bite out of it without removing the skin. The skin is a bit sour and bitter, but you'll simply want more.
- Kiwifruit makes your mouth tingle a little bit - it's helpful to serve them with a drink, such as water or milk.
- Every part of the kiwi is edible, even the fuzzy skin! If you're in a hurry (or a bit lazy) you can just cut it in half horizontally and scoop all of the fruit out with a spoon or just take a bite out of it!
- If you prefer not to eat the skin of the kiwi, cut the kiwi in half and use a spoon to separate the skin from the fruit inside. It's much easier to do this with a spoon than to peel or cut off the skin with a knife.
- If you're in a real rush but don't like to eat the skin, bite some skin off the side of the kiwi and spit it away. Put your lips to the small hole you just made and suck out all the fruit. The skin will keep your fingers clean. Be careful not to squeeze the kiwi, this will only break the skin.
- You can also make slices of the kiwi fruit, as in the photo above. Peel the kiwi first, then slice in rounds. This is great for adding to fruit salads or for decorating cakes.
- Alternate method. Trim ends, score skin lengthwise making 1-4 lines. Slip a tablespoon under skin between score lines and work off skin. Leaves a nice, round skinless kiwi. Even easier. Use a serrated fruit peeler.
- 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.
- Be careful- knives are very sharp! (But it is safer to use a sharp knife than to use a dull one.)
- Always remember to wash your fruit before you eat it to prevent digesting potentially harmful bacteria.
- If you do wash your kiwi let it dry well before cutting. Drying with a paper towel will not remove enough moisture because of the fuzz.
Things You'll Need
- Cutting board
- Paper towel
- Sharp knife
- Spoon (Optional)
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