All the Ways to Eat Kiwi Fruit

CC BY 2.0. Andreas Dantz

Did you know that you don't have to peel kiwi fruit before eating?

Poor kiwi fruit. They’re such a wonderful tropical fruit, with some even grown in the United States (a better option than importing from China and Italy), and yet they’re not nearly as popular as they should be. Sweet, succulent, and packed with even more vitamin C than an orange, they should be atop many a bowl of breakfast cereal and popped in every kid’s lunch bag. But why not? I suspect it’s because they’re notoriously hard to eat. There’s something intimidating about having to fight with that furry brown skin before taking a bite.

Eating a Kiwi With the Skin

If you’re one of those people who passes by the kiwi fruit in the grocery store, reaching for easier-to-manage grapes and apples, allow me to let you in on a little secret that might change your mind. Kiwi fruit do not need to be peeled! That’s right – you can eat them straight, as if they were a peach, munching right through the fuzzy peel.

Dan Nosowitz is a peel-eating expert who wrote about it in curious detail for The Awl. His article, ‘Eat the Skin,’ claims that kiwi fruit is actually better with its skin than without:

“It’s similar to a peach skin, in that it is sort of fuzzy and that the flesh directly under the skin is a bit more tart than the deep insides, but the kiwi’s skin is even thicker and thus provides even more delightful textural contrast to the green flesh within. But what about the fuzz, you ask? Surely it renders the kiwi unpleasant to eat! To that I ask this: how many people reading this post have a beard or enjoy kissing people with beards or both? I would wager there are a lot of you.”

Nosowitz advises rubbing off the extra fuzz, if there’s too much, though older online commenters have said that the kiwi fruit of today are far less fuzzy than they used to be, so apparently we don’t have anything to complain about.

Kiwi Peeling Techniques

If munching through a whole kiwi fruit is not your idea of a good time, there are several good peeling techniques. Whatever you do, avoid the impossibly slippery task of using a potato peeler. Better ways include:

The Kiwi Push Pop method: Cut a kiwi fruit in half, then run a paring knife around the inner edge of the peel without pushing through the bottom. Squeeze the bottom and the whole half-kiwi will pop upward. (via The Kitchn)

The spoon method: Cut kiwi fruit in half, scoop out with a spoon. This is popular, but Nosowitz ridicules the fact that it requires “not one, but TWO utensils. Jesus Christ.

The quartering method: Cut kiwi fruit in half, then in half again lengthwise without going all the way through. This way, it’s easy to eat the fruit right out of the peel.

The knife method: Cut kiwi fruit in half, then cut the bottom off. Run a knife around the inside of the peel and pop the whole piece out.

How do you eat kiwi fruit?