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Video:Learn to Select, Peel, and Slice Kiwi

with Rachel Edelman

Kiwi fruit is as delicious inside as it is rough and unappealing on the outside. Learn the best ways to choose, peel, and slice this fragile fruit, while preserving the most possible kiwi for eating.See Transcript

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Transcript:Learn to Select, Peel, and Slice Kiwi

Hi, I'm Rachel Edelman, for About.com Food. Today I'm going to show you how to cut and enjoy an exotic fruit - kiwis. This little egg shaped fruit is quite tasty, and it's a great addition for many types of food, from martinis to sauces.

Kiwi Slicing Tools

To cut a kiwi, all you will need is a small knife and a spoon.

Selecting Kiwi

You will know if your kiwi is ripe if it is not to firm and not too soft. Look to make sure there is no discoloration and no dents. To speed up the ripening process, place kiwis in a paper bag with a ripe apple, and keep that bag out on the counter.

Quick Kiwi Prep

Now, to eat the kiwi as fast as possible, cut off the top or cut it in half and eat it with a spoon.

Most people prefer not to eat the skin although some say that there is nothing wrong with it, they just remove the fuzz.

Peeling Kiwi

If you are preparing the kiwi for a certain dish, you'll need to peel it. Cut off both the top and bottom. Slide a spoon in between the skin and the fruit, very slowly start moving the spoon around the kiwi. The skin may break. If that happens, you can put your spoon back in and try again or peel gently with your fingers. Reinsert your spoon and move it around again.

Once the kiwi is out, slice it however thick you like. You can also cut each slice into halves or triangles.

Health Benefits of Kiwi

Kiwis are high in potassium, vitamin C, and fiber. This little guy packs quite the healthy punch. Plus, it adds great color to your fruit salad.

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