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How to Peel Kiwi

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Peeling kiwi with a paring knife can produce an angular, irregular shape instead of a smooth oval so necessary when highlighting kiwi in a fruit tart. These step-by-step instructions for peeling kiwi fruit with a spoon produces esthetically pleasing slices. Here is more information about kiwi.

1. Choose Solid, Unblemished Kiwi

Kiwi Fruit
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There are many ways to peel kiwi. This technique is one that works best for me. Results are ideal if the kiwi are solid and cold. Wash and dry the kiwi before cutting.

2. Cut the Ends Off Kiwi Fruit

Cutting the Ends of Kiwi Fruit
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Using a paring knife, cut the ends off the kiwi.

3. Slip a Teaspoon Between the Skin and Flesh of the Kiwi

Peeling a Kiwi With a Spoon
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Slip the tip of a teaspoon between the skin and the flesh of the kiwi, and, using an in-and-out motion, continue to slip the spoon around the circumference of the fruit.

4. Continue to Work the Spoon Around the Kiwi

Continue to Work the Spoon Around the Kiwi
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Continue to work the spoon around the kiwi, pushing deeper in increments.

5. Work the Spoon Into the Kiwi Up to the Handle

Work the spoon up to the handle to peel the kiwi.
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Continue to work the spoon between the skin and flesh of the kiwi, pushing deeper, until you reach the handle of the spoon. If the skin is still attached at the other end, turn the fruit around and insert the spoon between the skin and flesh of the other end until it is free.

6. Push the Kiwi Out of Its Skin

Gently push the kiwi out of its skin.
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Using gentle pressure, push the loosened kiwi out of its skin.

7. The Kiwi Is Ready to Be Sliced

The kiwi is ready to be sliced or eaten whole.
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This spoon method of peeling produces a smooth egg-shaped kiwi.

8. Slice the Kiwi Into Rounds for a Fruit Tart

Slice the kiwi into 1/4-inch rounds.
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If using the kiwi for a fruit tart, slice the peeled fruit into 1/4-inch rounds.

9. Kiwi Are Perfect for a Fruit Tart

Fruit Tart
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The brilliant green of kiwi contrast beautifully with strawberries and blackberries in this fruit tart with a nut crust.

10. Kiwi Go With Any Fruit

Fruit Tart
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Kiwi, with their slightly acidic profile, marry well with all fruits. In this fruit tart, they are paired with plums, apricots, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries.
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