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01 Mar, 2016

How do you eat kiwi fruit?

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Recipes and Food

I’ve been on a bit of a kiwi binge lately. We’ve already gone through a few bags of kiwis here at Casa Fishbowl and I am sure there are more to come. Kiwi fruit is small, sweet, and is high in vitamin C. It seems like everyone in my family has a different way of eating kiwis! The process either involves peeling off the skin of the kiwi with a paring knife and eating it in slices or cutting the kiwi in half down the middle and scooping out the contents.

Unfortunately, you are apt to lose precious kiwi meat with the peeling method unless you have a very sharp knife and are very good at wielding it around a slippery little fruit. As for scooping it out with a spoon, that’s all well and good until you get a little excited and push the spoon through the skin, which makes it very hard to eat the remaining kiwi. This is obviously what had happened when I saw one of my kids eating kiwi over the kitchen sink. And THAT was when I had my a-ha moment. Why not slice up the kiwi in quarters, the same way we do oranges sometimes?

What is the best way to eat kiwi fruit?

After MUCH experimentation I’ve discovered that this is the best way to eat a kiwi. I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of it before. This way, I can maximize the amount of kiwi being eaten and there’s no spoon slippage or potentially nasty paring knife incidents.

Mind you, this is not a particularly GLAM way of eating a kiwi (I’m still eating it over a plate or the sink) but this is something I can live with. :)

By the way, did you know that the skin of a kiwi is edible? Apparently there’s good fibre in kiwi fruit skin.

5 Responses to "How do you eat kiwi fruit?"

1 | Marc

March 1st, 2016 at 1:52 pm


I haven’t eaten a kiwi in quite a while, but when I was young, I used to just eat the skin along with the kiwi. It takes some getting used to, especially texture wise, but it’s perfectly edible!

2 | Stacey K

March 1st, 2016 at 3:30 pm


Vegetable peelers work as well for peeling off the skin; has to be a sharp peeler though. And it gets a bit slippery by the time you finish, but it is an easy way to peel the kiwis for fruit salad, for instance.

My hubby eats the skin, but my kids do not enjoy the “fuzzy” texture (hence the peeler knowledge).

3 | Sabrina

March 1st, 2016 at 3:40 pm


I sometimes put them in my green smoothies with the skin on. Yum! [But my kids think I’m crazy for drinking green smoothies!]

4 | andrea tomkins

March 3rd, 2016 at 10:19 am


I am totally trying that Sabrina! Great idea.

5 | Heather

March 2nd, 2016 at 3:33 pm


I think I will pick up some kiwis and try this method of cutting them.

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