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Seeing green.

Kiwi may look plain and brown on the inside, but it is gorgeous and green on the inside — not to mention packed with flavor and nutrients. Learn how to cut kiwi fruit, choose a ripe one, peel a kiwi, and more.

kiwi fruit cut into slices and wedges

All About Kiwi: What Is Kiwi? What Does Kiwi Taste Like? How Do You Know When Kiwi Is Ripe?

Kiwi fruit is many things: tart, sweet, packed with nutrients like vitamin C and fiber. And woefully underrated.

Kiwi does not look particularly enticing — at least from the outside. A small, oval fruit about the size of a small plum, kiwi has a plain brown skin covered in light-brown fuzz. Neither exotically beautiful like, say, a dragon fruit, nor conventionally attractive like mango or strawberries, kiwi can usually be found tucked away in a hidden corner of the supermarket produce department. When it comes to kiwi, baby definitely gets put in the corner.

It’s time to correct this and bring kiwi center stage. Slice kiwi, and you’ll find a gorgeous green starburst of tart, sweet flesh, dotted with a ring of black seeds. Here’s more.

whole kiwi cut in half.

What Is Kiwi?

Kiwi, also known as kiwifruit or Chinese gooseberry, originated in what is now China and Taiwan. Now, countries including New Zealand and California cultivate the fruit.

Smallish, with a brown exterior and bright green flesh interior with a white, firm center, kiwifruit can generally be found year round, but domestic American kiwi crops (grown in California) peak in December and January, along with citrus season.

How Do You Know When Kiwi Is Ripe?

Kiwi has a relatively short eating window. The kiwi should feel firm, but not hard. Underripe kiwi is rock hard; overripe kiwi feels mushy and very soft. You know when a kiwi is ripe by gently squeezing the fruit.

You can store a whole kiwi in the fridge to slow down ripening if needed. Once cut, I find that a kiwi loses its firmness and flavor quickly, even if stored in an airtight container. So keep it whole until just before cutting and eating it.

cut fruit platter with kiwi garnish.

What Does Kiwi Taste Like?

Ripe kiwi has a balanced flavor of tart and sweet. Some compare the flavor to a combination of green apples and pineapple. Underripe kiwi tastes more sour. Overripe kiwi has an off, almost fermented flavor.

Is Kiwi Healthy?

Absolutely. Kiwi is very good for you, with lots of vitamin C (immune boosting and collagen producing), vitamin K (good for bones), vitamin E (good for skin), potassium, and fiber. Kiwi also provides serotonin and has accordingly been shown to aid in sleep.

whole kiwi fruit cut in half.

Do Kiwis Need to Be Peeled?

Technically, no, kiwis do not need to be peeled. Kiwi rind is edible, and as such, the skin does not need to be sliced from the fruit. But definitely clean your fruit first regardless of whether you want to eat the kiwi skin or not.

Even though kiwi does not technically need to be peeled, I recommend it. The skin tastes a bit plain and rough, with a fuzzy texture, and can take away from the effect of the beautiful green within.

how to peel and cut a kiwi
Peel the kiwi, then use a paring knife to cut into slices or wedges.

How to Peel and Cut a Kiwi Fruit: 3 Methods

There are several ways to properly peel and cut a kiwi. One method of cutting a kiwi is not better than the other; just go with whatever style you prefer. Slices will show a beautiful starburst pattern. Wedges of kiwi are a more European serving style.

How to Peel a Kiwi

To peel a kiwi, start with a sharp knife (I prefer a paring knife) and cutting board.

  1. Lay the clean kiwi on its side. Cut off the top and bottom ends.
  2. Stand the kiwi up so that it’s resting on the cut, flat side.
  3. Use your knife to pare off the skin, going from top to bottom. Rotate the kiwi and repeat until all the skin is removed. You could also cut the top and bottom off the kiwi and then peel it with a vegetable peeler, but I prefer to minimize the number of dishes I have to wash.
how to peel and cut a kiwi
Peel the kiwi, then use a paring knife to cut into slices or wedges.

How to Cut a Kiwi Into Slices

To cut a kiwifruit into slices, start by peeling the kiwi as described above. Then,

  1. Turn the kiwi back on its side, and slice into rounds. I usually make my rounds about 1/4″ thick.
  2. Transfer to a plate and press lightly to fan the slices out a bit.

How to Cut a Kiwi Into Wedges

A wedge-style cut is just as easy as kiwi slices, but has a very different look. To cut a kiwi into wedges:

  1. Peel the kiwi as described above.
  2. Keeping the kiwi upright, Slice down through the center so the kiwi is now in two long halves.
  3. Rotate the kiwi 45 degrees and slice down the center again. You now have four long wedges.

Other Kiwi Cuts

In addition to the two most common methods of cutting a kiwi above, kiwi can be cut into a small dice small for kids or for sprinkling on top of yogurt or oatmeal, incorporated into fruit salsa, or simply chunked up into cubes and tossed — skin on or off — into a blender for a smoothie.

If you use the fruit in a smoothie,  I still recommend cutting off the hard stump ends of the kiwi. Peeling the fuzzy skin off is optional.

You can also simply cut the kiwi in half horizontally, and use the spoon method: just run a spoon around the edge and bottom and pop the kiwi fruit out of the rind “cup.”

Want extra credit? I love this video on how to cut a kiwi into a fancy flower zig-zag. So cool!

peel kiwi with paring knife and then slice into rounds

How to Serve and Eat Kiwi

Kiwi makes a wonderful snack on its own, but also serves as a gorgeous addition to fruit salads and fruit platters with it’s pretty green pop. I often use kiwi as a decorative fruit for this recipe for French fruit tart desserts for the same reason.

Kiwi can be served chilled or at room temperature, but be sure to serve it very fresh once cut, as the color and texture will change as it sits out.

cut kiwi fruit slices with fruit.

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How to Cut Kiwi (3 Easy Methods)

Here's how to cut a kiwi using three separate (but easy!) methods. Kiwi may look plain on the outside, but once you cut into it, you'll be rewarded with a gorgeous green fruit that's sweet, tart, and tastes great on its own or as part of a fruit platter and lots more.
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Course: Breakfast, brunch, Snack
Cuisine: Asian
Keywords:: cut kiwi, easy cooking, healthy, kitchen technique, kiwi, knife skills
Servings: 1 kiwi
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Ingredients

  • 1 ripe kiwi
  • 1 sharp paring knife or chef's knife of preference
  • 1 cutting board

Instructions

How to Peel a Kiwi

  • Wash the ripe kiwi and place it on its side on the cutting board.
    PRO TIP: Here's how to choose a ripe kiwi. Choose a kiwi at that sweet spot (no pun intended) of being firm but not hard. Kiwi does not taste very good if it is over- or underripe. Underripe kiwi tastes quite sour, with a too-hard texture. Overripe kiwi feels mushy and tastes slightly fermented.
  • Use your knife to cut off the top and bottom stumps.
  • Turn the kiwi right-side up so the kiwi site on its now-flat bottom. Use the paring knife and cut top to bottom along the inside edge of the peel, removing the rind. Rotate the kiwi and keep cutting top to bottom until the entire kiwi is peeled. Discard the skin and stumps.
    peel kiwi with paring knife and then slice into rounds

How to Cut Kiwi Into Slices

  • To cut a kiwifruit into slices, start by peeling the kiwi as described above. Then, turn the kiwi back on its side, and slice into rounds. I prefer to cut my rounds about 1/4" thick.
    kiwi fruit cut into slices and wedges
  • Transfer to a plate and press lightly to fan the slices out a bit.

How to Cut Kiwi Into Wedges

  • Peel the kiwi as described above. Keeping the kiwi upright, Slice down through the center so the kiwi is now in two long halves.
  • Rotate the kiwi 45 degrees and slice down the center again. You now have four long wedges.

Other Kiwi Cuts

  • In addition to the two most common methods of cutting a kiwi above, kiwi can be cut into a small dice small for kids or for sprinkling on top of yogurt or oatmeal, incorporated into fruit salsa, or simply chunked up into cubes and tossed -- skin on or off -- into a blender for a smoothie.
    If you use the fruit in a smoothie,  I still recommend cutting off the hard stump ends of the kiwi. Peeling the fuzzy skin off is optional.
  • You can also simply cut the kiwi in half horizontally, and use the spoon method: just cut off the top and bottom stump ends, then run a spoon around the edge and pop the kiwi fruit out of the rind.

Ideas for How to Serve Kiwi

  • Kiwi tastes great as a snack on its own, or incorporated as a bright element of a fruit platter, fruit salad, or fruit tart topping.
    cut kiwi fruit slices with fruit.
  • If you're feeling fancy, get the recipe for this French fruit tart.

Notes

A few notes on using kiwi:
  • Kiwi oxidizes quickly, losing its texture and color even if stored in an airtight container in the fridge, so serve or eat the kiwi soon after you peel and cut it. 
  • Slow ripening by storing whole kiwi in the refrigerator. 
Hope you enjoy eating this beautiful, healthful, and vibrant fruit!

4 comments

  • Nikki L.

    5 stars
    Easy to follow directions. I love kiwi fruit.

  • 5 stars
    helpful article. I love kiwi!!! I do eat the skin.

  • 5 stars
    I peel and cut into wedges as described above. Going to try the spoon method, though! sounds fun 🙂

  • 5 stars
    Thanks! Very helpful. You are right that these look plain and are easy to miss, but they are one of my favorite foods.

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