Kiwifruit is a botanical berry, with soft, sweet green (sometimes golden) fruit. Kiwi’s flavor is often described as a cross between strawberry and mango, with a hint of pineapple. The skin is edible, but doesn’t offer much flavor. Only a slightly fuzzy, thin, papery texture. A cluster of chialike seeds are suspended in the center of the fruit, giving the sweet fruit a faint, nutty crunch.
Kiwi is a popular snacking fruit that you can eat whole, skin and all! Many fruit fans prefer to pare away kiwi’s fuzzy skin, but it’s perfectly safe to eat. Eat them out of hand like apples, or enjoy raw slices over yogurt, oatmeal or granola or tossed into fruit and veggie salads. Kiwi dazzles in fruity tarts, jams, candies, frozen treats, cheese plates and salsas. This is one fruit kids and adults will love to eat!
Preparing kiwifruits is very easy! If you’re hungry, you can eat the entire fruit out of hand, skin and all. Otherwise, some kiwi fans like to peel away the fuzzy skin before eating it. Kiwi can be sliced, juiced, blended and cooked for many raw and cooked applications.
How to prepare your kiwi will depend on the recipe you’re using. Here are the most common ways to prepare kiwi for just about any recipe.
Preparing kiwifruits is very easy! If you’re hungry, you can eat the entire fruit out of hand, skin and all. Otherwise, some kiwi fans like to peel away the fuzzy skin before eating it. Kiwi can be sliced, juiced, blended and cooked for many raw and cooked applications. To do a basic preparation of a kiwi, use a vegetable peeler or sharp paring knife to carefully remove the papery brown skin. Then, cut the fruit int ¼ inch rounds and serve.
Kiwi is a versatile fruit that brings fresh, tart sweetness and vibrant green color to all kinds of recipes. Use raw or prepared kiwi in recipes that will benefit from bright, berrylike flavor and acidic notes.
- Baking: kiwi can be baked into cakes, breads, custards and tarts.
- Confection: The strawberry sweet kiwi is delicious in jams, jellies and candy making.
- Marinades: Use kiwi fruit and juice in acidic cooking applications like marinating and ceviche.
The sweet, strawberry-mango taste of fresh kiwifruit brings juicy, tropical acidity to drinks. Feed the fruit into your electric juicer to wake up your favorite fresh juice drinks. Finely dice it in homemade teas and enhanced water for a twist on your everyday beverages. Add fresh or frozen slices to fruit smoothies and shakes for natural sweetness and added nutrition. To make delicious alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, use your kiwifruits to make a basic syrup to stir into drinks. This is one fruit kids and adults will love to sip!
The best way to keep kiwi fresh for the longest is to store them in the refrigerator in a sealed container. They can stay fresh in the fridge for almost four weeks this way. Cut and leftover kiwi can be refrigerated in a container for about three days.
If you leave kiwi to ripen on the countertop, it’s best to keep them away from other fruits. Their ethylene mojo can pick up the ripening pace for other fruits around them like apples and bananas. Kiwi can be left on the countertop for three to four days.
Freeze fresh kiwifruit whole or sliced, on a cookie sheet with space between each piece. Once frozen, store the fruit in an airtight container in the freezer for up to three months.
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