I have always been a picky eater. When it comes to fruits and vegetables, I prefer to stick to apples, bananas and cucumbers – you know, the boring stuff. Then there’s The Goose, who loves kiwi fruit, mangoes, and pineapple. While I couldn’t be happier to have a child who is an adventurous eater, it can be a little daunting. Especially when I have no idea how to peel, slice, or even tell if these fruits are ripe enough to eat!
The Goose has been eating kiwi fruit for a long time. They always irritated me because when peeling them with a paring knife, it always seemed like I was losing a significant amount of the flesh. You know, the part he actually wants to eat! I’d cut the ends off, grab a paring knife and hope for the best.
A few months ago I discovered an awesome trick for quickly – and efficiently – peeling kiwi fruit. What is the secret? Use a spoon.
How to Peel a Kiwi
Begin by using a paring knife to cut off both ends of the fruit. (Don’t go crazy here, just slice off enough so that you can fit a spoon in the opening).
Next, hold the kiwi fruit firmly in one hand, and gently slide a spoon (the same kind of spoon that you use to eat cereal) between the flesh and the skin.
Once you have your spoon in place, gently twist the kiwi to loosen the skin around the entire fruit. Once the entire skin has been removed, I cut it into bite sized pieces and serve it in a dish (with a fork).
The Goose has been known to eat up to four kiwis in one sitting, so knowing how to quickly peel them has been a lifesaver. (Especially when he eats them faster than I can peel them!)