How to Choose Kiwis

Kiwifruit, an exotic fruit with a fuzzy green-brown exterior, packs a lot of nutritious characteristics in its small size. A cupful serving of kiwifruit provides more Vitamin C than the equivalent serving size of an orange, and has as much potassium as a banana. With its refreshing, citrusy flavor, kiwifruit serves as a great addition to salads and acts as an effective meat tenderizer. Know how to properly select kiwifruit in order to fully enjoy the benefits that the fruit can offer.


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    Choose kiwis with flesh that yields slightly to pressure. To check this, hold the kiwi between your thumb and forefinger, and gently squeeze or apply pressure. A ripe kiwi at the peak of its sweetness will be a little soft and will give slightly to the pressure; this is the kind of kiwi that you would want to pick. If the kiwi feels a little too tough and does not yield to the gentle pressure, then the kiwi is not yet ready for consumption as it still has not yet fully ripened.
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    Check for the exterior characteristics of the kiwi.
    • Smell: Ripe kiwifruit should have a fragrant citrus smell.
    • Feel: Ripe kiwifruit should feel plump to the touch.
    • Texture: The skin of ripe kiwifruit should be smooth and taut.
    • Color: The color of ripe kiwifruit should be consistently light green-brown all over.
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    Avoid kiwifruit which show signs of the following:
    • Shriveled or wrinkled skin, as this is an indication of water loss and loss of nutrients.
    • Discoloration, bruises, mold, damp and overly squishy spots, as these indicate that the kiwi might be overripe or spoiled already.
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  • Kiwifruit which have not yet fully ripened may also be ripened at home. To do this, leave the kiwis at room temperature for a few days, away from heat or sunlight. To speed up the ripening process, place the kiwis in a dry paper bag with an apple, banana or pear.
  • Store the ripe kiwifruits in the refrigerator to extend shelf life, help maintain the quality and keep them from becoming overripe.
  • Ripe kiwis may be stored in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 weeks, but it is best to consume them within a week of ripening.

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