Botanically known as Actinidia deliciosa kiwis are considered berries. They have paper-thin, tan skin covered in a delicate fuzz. Inside, the flesh is typically a bright, emerald or lime green with a yellowish center that’s surrounded by tiny, round black seeds. Sometimes the flesh can be a sunny yellow or gold color for specialty varieties, with the same black seeds and brown peel.
Kiwifruits look a lot like cylindrical eggs with brown peach fuzz, so it’s hard to tell if they’re ripe just by taking a look. To tell if a kiwi is perfectly ripe, hold it in your hand and it should feel a bit heavy for its size. Then, the fruit should yield slightly to gentle pressure from your thumb. If the kiwi’s flesh is still hard, don’t cut it open! Give it another day or two to ripen - you’ll be happy you did!