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Buying and Storing Kiwis


Buying Kiwis:

A kiwi is a nice treat to have around the house, however it is a seasonal fruit so when we buy it we don’t want to waste it! Proper storage will help you keep your kiwis fresh and make them last longer.

When at the store we should buy kiwis based on when we want to enjoy them. A ripe kiwi will give on a slight touch and feel just a bit soft. These are good to eat right away, while a firm kiwi is not yet right and good for storage.

Storing Kiwis:

Kiwis are best stored in the fridge to delay the ripening process. If your kiwi was already ripe when purchased then you can prolong the life about 3-5 days in the fridge. Where a very firm, not yet ripe, kiwi can last up to 4 months! We should check on these every few days though to make sure they are still firm while sitting in the fridge.

To ripen a kiwi we should take it out of the fridge and let it sit on the counter 2-3 days. The natural ripening should take place and it should be yield to gentle pressure. To speed this process up we can place them in a paper bag with a apple or banana.

 Tip:  If you have a bunch of ripe kiwis you can store them in the fridge within a Ziploc bag. This will help them last twice as long!

What Not To Do:

  • Eat The Fuzz: You don’t actually have to peel a kiwi, but you shouldn’t eat the fuzz. You can give the kiwi a good scrub and eat them with the skin on!
  • Avoid Bruised or Very Soft Kiwis: These have already begun to spoil and will just make a mess on your trip home from the store.
  • Don’t Store Near Apples or Bananas: Both these fruits produce a high amount of ethylene gas and will cause your kiwis to ripen much faster.