We know kiwis for their sweet yet tart flavour (some even say they taste similar to a pineapple or strawberry). But these little gems pack a strong vitamin C punch. Did you know that two kiwis provide twice as much as that of an orange? They are a great nutritional addition to a smoothie.
Native to China, where they are known as Chinese gooseberries, their bright green or golden flesh is delicious in a tossed or fruit salad, atop custard, or simply on their own.
How to Pick Kiwis:
Green or golden, ripe kiwis give slightly to pressure. The un-ripened kiwi will be hard to the touch.
How to Store Kiwis:
Unripe kiwis can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 weeks. To ripen a kiwi, store it at room temperature until it begins to soften. Once a kiwi is ripe, it can be enjoyed right away or stored in the fridge for several days.
How to Prepare Kiwis:
Before eating, you’ll want to give them a gentle rinse under cold water, being careful not to bruise them. They can be eaten like an apple – skin and all, or you can peel off the skin.
A fun way to peel a kiwi is to slice it in half and scoop out the flesh with a spoon. Watch this video to see how it’s done!
If you are preparing the kiwi in advance, no need to worry about it turning brown after a while. It will retain its colour without darkening. Kiwi is not recommended for cooking as it turns an olive green colour, so just enjoy as is.
One large kiwi = 1/3 to 1/2 cup of sliced fruit.
Kary’s Kiwi Tips:
- If storing a few ripe kiwis, and you don’t want them to get squished, place them in an egg carton to protect them.
- Once a kiwi is peeled, use an egg slicer to cut it into even slices – it’s a great trick for getting perfect slices.
- Placing kiwis in a paper bag will accelerate the ripening process.
What Does Kiwi Go Well With?
Kiwi goes well with: bananas, berries, chocolate, coconut, custard, honey, lemon, lime, oranges, passion fruit, and pineapple.