How to Cut a Kiwi: A Step-by-Step Guide

Kiwis are delicious, sweet, and tangy fruit packed with nutrition. They are a great addition to smoothies, salads, and many other dishes. Kiwis are also very versatile and can be eaten on their own or used as a topping for other fruits. However, cutting a kiwi can be tricky if you don't know the right way. This comprehensive guide will cover all the steps involved in cutting a kiwi, from peeling to slicing and dicing.

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Choosing the Perfect Fruit

Kiwi is a delicious and nutritious fruit that is enjoyed by many people. However, choosing the right kiwi can sometimes be a challenge. In this section, we'll take a closer look at what you need to consider when selecting the best kiwis.

Appearance: When selecting kiwis, look for ones that are plump and firm to the touch. Avoid kiwis that are soft, shriveled, or have a mushy texture, as these are signs of overripe fruit. Additionally, look for kiwis that are free from bruises or cuts, as these can quickly cause the fruit to spoil.

Color: The color of a kiwi can also be an indicator of its ripeness. Look for kiwis that are uniform in color, with no green or brown spots. If you're not sure whether a kiwi is ripe, gently press the skin. If it yields to light pressure, it's probably ripe.

Size and Weight: When choosing kiwis, pay attention to size and weight. Kiwis that are larger or heavier than average may be more mature, and therefore sweeter and more flavorful.

Smell: Finally, don't be afraid to use your nose when selecting kiwis. If a kiwi has a strong, sweet aroma, it's probably ripe and ready to eat. If it has no aroma at all, it may be underripe or overripe.

How to Peel a Kiwi

Peeling a kiwi is the first step in cutting it. You can use a few different methods to peel a kiwi, including a spoon or a peeler. Here's how to do it with each method:

Using a Spoon

  1. Cut the ends off the kiwi with a sharp knife.
  2. Hold the kiwi in one hand, and use a spoon to separate the skin from the flesh of the fruit gently.
  3. Work your way around the kiwi, using the spoon to push the skin away from the flesh gently.

Using a Peeler

  1. Cut the ends off the kiwi with a sharp knife.
  2. Hold the kiwi in one hand and use a peeler to remove the skin, starting at the top of the fruit and working your way down.
  3. Repeat until all of the skin has been removed.

How to Slice a Kiwi

Slicing a kiwi is a great way to prepare it for eating or using it as a topping for other fruits. Here's how to do it:

  1. Cut the kiwi in half lengthwise.
  2. Hold half of the kiwi in one hand, and use a sharp knife to slice the fruit into rounds.
  3. Repeat with the other half of the kiwi.

How to Dice a Kiwi

Dicing a kiwi is a great way to prepare it for use in recipes, such as smoothies or salads. Here's how to do it:

  1. Cut the kiwi in half lengthwise.
  2. Scoop the flesh out of one-half of the kiwi with a spoon.
  3. Cut the scooped-out flesh into small, bite-sized pieces.
  4. Repeat with the other half of the kiwi.

Kiwi Cutting Tips

  • Make sure to wash the kiwi to remove any dirt or debris before cutting it.
  • Use a sharp knife to ensure clean cuts and avoid squishing the fruit.
  • If the kiwi is too soft, refrigerate it for a little while to firm it up before cutting.
  • If the skin is too tough to remove with a spoon, try using a peeler instead.
  • Cut the kiwi in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds before slicing and dicing.
  • Store a cut kiwi in an airtight container in the refrigerator to prevent browning.
  • To avoid browning, sprinkle a little lemon juice on the cut kiwi.
  • Keep the pieces as uniform as possible when slicing or dicing a kiwi for a more attractive presentation.


Q: Can I use a different tool besides a knife to cut a kiwi? 
A: While a knife is the most common tool to cut a kiwi, you can also use kitchen shears or a mandoline slicer.

Q: Can I cut a kiwi with a regular kitchen knife?
A:Yes, a regular kitchen knife will work just fine for cutting a kiwi. Just make sure that the knife is sharp to avoid squishing the fruit.

Q: Do I have to peel a kiwi before cutting it? 
A: You do not have to peel a kiwi before cutting it. However, peeling the kiwi will make it easier to slice and dice and make it more appealing to eat.

Q: What is the best way to store cut kiwi? 
A: The best way to store cut kiwi is to place it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Cut kiwi will stay fresh for 2-3 days in the refrigerator.

Q: Can I freeze-cut kiwi? 
A: Yes, you can freeze-cut kiwi. To freeze kiwi, place the sliced or diced pieces in a single layer on a baking sheet, and freeze until solid. Then, transfer the frozen kiwi to an airtight container or freezer bag, and store it in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Q:Is it necessary to remove the skin from a kiwi before eating? 
A:No, the skin of a kiwi is edible and can be eaten if desired. However, many people prefer to remove the skin due to its tough texture.

Q:How long does cut kiwi last in the refrigerator? 
A:Cut kiwi will last for about 3-5 days in the refrigerator if stored in an airtight container.


Cutting a kiwi is a simple process that can be accomplished with a few essential tools, including a knife, spoon, or peeler. Whether peeling, slicing, or dicing kiwis, the key is to use a sharp knife and work carefully and methodically. With a bit of practice, you'll soon be able to cut kiwis like a pro!


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