Bought a bunch of kiwis and not sure how to store them or how long do they last? Or perhaps you suspect that your hard-to-the-touch kiwifruit has gone bad, but you want to know for sure.
Either way, it seems like you’re looking for info on kiwifruit’s storage guidelines, shelf life, and signs of spoilage. And this article covers precisely those topics, so keep reading.
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- How To Store Kiwi
- How Long Does Kiwi Last
- How To Tell If Kiwi Is Bad?
- How To Ripen Kiwi: 8 Expert Tips To Ripen Kiwi At Home
- How to Ripen a Kiwi (Without It Turning to Mush)
- 1. Choose the right type of kiwifruit.
- 2. Put the kiwi in the refrigerator until you want to ripen it.
- 3. When ready, put the fruit out at room temperature.
- 4. Test your fruit for ripeness.
- Can you freeze kiwi?
- 3 Health Benefits of Kiwi
- Selecting Kiwi
- Storing Kiwi
- Ripening Kiwi
- How to Cut Kiwi
- How to cut a kiwi – step by step
- Kiwi Fruit
- How to grow a kiwi plant from seed
- Foolproof Guide On How To Grow Kiwi From Seeds
- Is it Bad to Eat Unripe Fruits in 2018?
- Why you should stop eating unripe fruit
- IS IT REALLY THAT BAD OR IS IT ONLY UNRIPE?
- WOULD YOU EAT A POTATO THAT IS ONLY HALF COOKED?
- “WHEN IS IT RIPE” BOOKLET (a gift for you)
How To Store Kiwi
Before we talk about storage options when it comes to kiwifruit (or kiwi, for short), we need to cover ripeness. Kiwi is most often harvested unripe, as it gives ample time for them to arrive in our supermarkets. And what you need to know about underripe kiwi is that it’s firm to the touch and not yet optimal for consumption. That means your hard kiwi is not bad by any means, just not ripe yet. Once the fruit ripens, it gives in a little if you gently squeeze it with your palms.
You can keep an unripe kiwi either in the fridge or at room temperature. The first option is great if you want to prolong its shelf life for months, and that’s what kiwi sellers often do. But assuming that you’ve bought the kiwis to enjoy them, leave them at room temperature where they will ripen (NC).
If you want to speed up the ripening process, place the fruit in a vented plastic bag or container with an ethylene-producing fruit like an apple or banana (CK). It should ripen within a day or two.
Once kiwi is ripe, you can either leave it at room temperature or refrigerate it. The former is great if you plan on eating it within a couple of days, while the latter when you’re not quite sure when you’ll eat it. If you leave it on the counter, make sure it doesn’t sit in sunlight.
Ethylene-producing fruit help kiwifruit ripen faster, but that can be a double-edged sword, as they also reduce the storage time of ripe kiwis (NC). In other words, it’s best to store ripe kiwi alone and watch carefully ones that you hastily ripen with ethylene.
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How Long Does Kiwi Last
When it comes to storage times, they depend heavily on where you store the fruit and if it’s ripe or not.
An underripe kiwi slowly ripens at room temperature for between two days up to even a week. It all depends on how long it was stored in the supermarket.
Once it’s ripe, it usually keeps for several days at room temperature (if stored alone), and even up to four weeks in the fridge (CK). In other words, kiwis can last quite a long time in the refrigerator, and you shouldn’t have any issues with eating all of them before they spoil.
|Unripe kiwi||2 to 7 days, until ripe|
|Ripe kiwi||3 to 6 days||Up to 4 weeks|
Please note that the periods above are only estimates.
One thing to remember is that refrigerating an overripe kiwifruit won’t help it much. Sure, the low temperature will slow down any further decay, but the damage is already done. It’s best to either eat it right away (if it’s still good to eat) or discard it. Speaking of knowing if the fruit is still okay to consume…
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How To Tell If Kiwi Is Bad?
Checking if kiwifruit is spoiled is no different from checking any other fruit or veggie. You should look out for:
- Changed texture. If the fruit is super soft, mushy, or it starts to ooze, throw it out.
- Off smell. If it smells somewhat acidic instead of citrusy, get rid of it. Please note that this rarely happens.
- Dark spots. If only the skin is darkened, that’s usually okay, as you cut it out either way. But if the pulp starts to darken as well, it’s probably time for it to go. Or you can go about it the same way we go about most veggies – cut out the off part (and then some), and eat the rest. When it comes to the latter option, you do it at your own risk.
- CK California Kiwifruit: Storing Kiwifruit
- NC NC State Extension Publications: Kiwifruit
How To Ripen Kiwi: 8 Expert Tips To Ripen Kiwi At Home
You have seen them in your salads, you have seen them in shakes, smoothies, ice-creams and desserts – yes, we are talking about the sweet and tangy kiwis. Also known as Chinese gooseberry, kiwis are round, oval fruit, typically brown from the outside, green or golden from the inside. Native to China, kiwis are now a hit across globe. Kiwis are full of nutrients like vitamins C, K, E, folate, and potassium. High vitamin C content works wonders for immunity system and fighting inflammation. You would be surprised to know that 100 grams of kiwi contains 92.7 milligrams of vitamin C. And, did you know that vitamin C is very essential to boost formation of collagen that helps tighten our skin and induce a youthful glow? According to the book, ‘Healing Foods’, “its mild laxative effect is linked to its fibre content. Two kiwis produce 20 percent of the daily recommended amount of fibre and can aid digestion and maintain colon health.” Kiwis are also said to be amazing for your heart health. They have heart-friendly flavonoids and antioxidants, which could help reduce triglycerides in blood and prevent plaque build-up in arteries. You can find kiwis in almost every prominent mart or store. If you are growing them at home, there are ways to ripen them early too (in the right and natural way, of course). If fact, if you have happened to purchase slightly unripe kiwis from the mart, with these simple ways you can help them ripen too.
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Kiwis are also said to be incredible for your heart health.
Here’s How To Ripen Kiwi At Home:
- Pick your fruit wisely. Pick a firm kiwi. Firm kiwis are generally more close to being ripe. Also make sure you look for a fruit that doesn’t have any dark spots, blemishes or tears in the skin.
- If you have just bought a bunch of kiwi or are growing some at home, then with the help of kiwi seeds you can check if the fruit is ripe or not. If you have some fruits to spare, cut one of them and check for the colour of the seed. If the seeds are yellow or green, there’s still a lot of time for them to ripen. If the seeds are black, it means that they now have enough sugar to ripen properly. Pick the kiwis with black seeds. Until that, store the kiwis in the fridge.
- The kiwis that you want to ripen, put them in a bowl and keep it outside at room temperature on your countertop. It will most likely take 3-4 days for your kiwis to ripen.
- Make sure you don’t put it out on sunlight. Excess sunlight may cause your kiwis to rot.
- There’s another way to ripen kiwis quickly. You can place your kiwis next to fruits like apple or bananas. These fruits produce ethylene an alkaline compound, a colourless flammable gas with a faint “sweet and musky” odour when pure. Being in close contact with these fruits would help them ripen quickly. You can, in fact, put them in a plastic bag with all these fruits and keep it out at room temperature for one or two days
- Make sure you keep the ripening kiwis away from sunlight or very heated place.
- Once your kiwi is ripe, it will be firm and fragrant. Hold it in your hand and press it with your thumb applying slight pressure to check if it yields to pressure.
- Consume the plump and ripe kiwis at the earliest to make most of its nutrition. At room temperature kiwis do not last for more than 3-4 days. In the refrigerator you can store them from one-three months.
Once kiwi is ripe, it will be firm, plump and fragrant
Now, that you know how to ripen kiwi at home. Do not toss away the kiwis that are yet to ripe. Give them a second chance, use these tips and try ripening them at home, using just a refrigerator and a plastic zip-lock bag. Comments
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Kiwis are brilliant for many things: they are a super source of vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin E, and dietary fiber. They are also great for storage. If you put them in the fridge they can last at least four months, which is longer than your average teenage romance, and pretty damn impressive.
However, if you need your kiwis in a hurry, things may not be so great. It can take quite a while for the stubborn little fruits to ripen, and can really test your patience sometimes.
One solution is to be less invested in kiwis, and move onto some other easier to ripen fruit (I’m looking at you, bananas).
But why settle for that when you can so easily achieve kiwi-flavoured greatness? With a few quick, easy tricks, you can have your kiwi and eat it too. So if you’re kiwi obsessed (hey, there are stranger things) read on for tips on how to speed up the ripening process.
1. Put them somewhere warm
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I know, it sounds obvious, but a good way to kick-start the ripening process is by putting your kiwis somewhere warm. At the very least they should be out of the fridge and at room temperature, but why stop there?
Keep them in a warmer part of your house, like a windowsill. Just make sure to cover them, because you don’t want them to be left in direct sunlight (kiwis don’t like too much sun).
2. Cover them with a paper bag
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Ah, the classic paper bag cover. Simply put your kiwi in a paper bag, and throw in an apple or banana alongside it. These are major ethylene producers – the chemical which help fruits to ripen – so wrapping your kiwi in an environment full of it will speed up the ripening process.
You may be thinking I’ll just use a plastic bag. Don’t use a plastic bag. It doesn’t have enough ventilation, and your kiwis will not thank you. But what if I don’t have a paper bag? you say. Well, if you don’t have a paper bag, maybe you could try…
3. A tub of rice
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No, really. This sounds bizarre, but it’s used for pretty similar reasons to the paper bag technique. If you get a container of rice and bury your kiwis in it, this helps trap in the ethylene the kiwis produce, making them ripen all the quicker.
You can still use the rice after doing this, just don’t forget you put your kiwis in there!
4. Microwave them for a few seconds
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This last option is a little like the first one, in that it’s all about heat. It’s more of an additional step than a stand-alone ripening solution, but it really does go a long way in speeding things up.
Simply put your kiwi in the microwave on medium power for about 15 seconds, and then transfer it to the paper bag with other fruits as explained before.
How to Ripen a Kiwi (Without It Turning to Mush)
Fuzzy, tangy and freakin’ adorable, kiwis are also pretty damn versatile. They add brightness to smoothies, make for Instagram-worthy tarts and are totally delicious in a spicy margarita (seriously, try it). But they can just as easily be enjoyed when eaten on their own with a spoon. Another reason we love kiwis? They can be stored for weeks. Simply put them in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator (away from other foods) and they’ll sit there quite happily for up to one month. But what should you do when you want to eat your kiwifruit ASAP? When it comes to ripening a kiwi, the best method is simple: Just pick the right type of fruit and put it out on the kitchen counter. Let’s break it down.
1. Choose the right type of kiwifruit.
When choosing a kiwi at the grocery store, opt for one that doesn’t have any blemishes or dark spots on the skin. The fruit should feel firm in your hands. And don’t worry about the size; the smaller fruits taste the same as larger ones.
2. Put the kiwi in the refrigerator until you want to ripen it.
Remember what we said about kiwis being super easy to store? Unripe kiwis will keep in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator for about four weeks. Just make sure to store them on their own so that they don’t come into contact with other foods, which can speed up the ripening process.
3. When ready, put the fruit out at room temperature.
Your kitchen countertop will work great. Here, the kiwi should ripen in about three to five days. But keep the kiwi out of direct sunlight, which can cause discoloring or even rotting. If you want to bite into a juicy kiwi sooner than that, you can speed up the process by placing the fruit in a paper bag with an apple or banana. These fruits emit ethylene gas, which will help the kiwi ripen in about a day or two.
4. Test your fruit for ripeness.
Gently press the outside of the fruit with your thumb. It should yield to slight pressure when ripe.
Can you freeze kiwi?
Yep, you can totally freeze kiwifruit. Here’s how: First, make sure the fruit is fully ripe. Then remove the skin (here’s an easy hack for how to peel a kiwi) and cut the fruit into slices. Place the fruit on a cookie sheet or tray and freeze. Once frozen, place the slices in a sealable bag. The fruit will retain its vibrant color and sweetness—great for juices and smoothies.
3 Health Benefits of Kiwi
They can help treat asthma. According to a study published in Thorax, the high amount of vitamin C in kiwi may help protect against asthma. Researchers found that children who ate the most citrus and kiwifruit (defined as five to seven servings per week) had 44 percent less incidence of wheezing compared to those eating the least (less than once a week).
Kiwis can help boost the immune system. You know the theory that a healthy dose of vitamin C may help ward off a cold? Well, according to a review published in the Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, kiwis may support immune function and reduce the incidence and severity of cold or flu-like illness in at-risk groups such as older adults and children.
They can help lower blood pressure. According to a 2014 Norwegian study, bioactive substances from consuming three kiwis a day can lower blood pressure more than eating one apple a day. This can help decrease the risk for conditions caused by high blood pressure like stroke or heart attack. Not too shabby.
Kiwis, named for their resemblance to the brown, fuzzy bird found in New Zealand, are a delicious, versatile fruit. Rich in vitamin C, potassium, fiber and antioxidants, this small fruit offers a lot of benefits. Kiwi fruit are delicate, but with proper selection, storage and preparation, kiwi fruits will maintain juicy, tangy consistency for several weeks.
To enjoy a kiwi right away, select a fully ripe fruit. Look for kiwis with smooth skins free of bruises and scars. Hold the kiwi in your hand and gently press the skin. A ripe kiwi’s skin will give slightly, whereas under-ripe kiwi feel firm. Kiwi fruits come in a variety of sizes, and all sizes have the same taste and texture.
Ripe kiwi fruits will last one to four weeks in the refrigerator. Firmer, under-ripe fruits can be stored at temperatures of 65 to 70 degrees C (18.3 to 21 degrees C) for up to eight weeks. Firm kiwis can also be stored in humidity-controlled commercial refrigeration and packaging for up to 10 months, allowing consumers to enjoy kiwi fruit year-round.
Kiwi fruits are best enjoyed at the peak of ripeness. To ripen a firm kiwi, place it in a vented plastic bag with a green banana. The gases emitted by the banana will cause the kiwi to ripen within 24 to 48 hours. Check the kiwi’s firmness at after 24 hours to prevent the kiwi from over-ripening and turning mushy.
Kiwi fruits are delicious when eaten on their own or mixed into a fresh fruit salad. They are also used in pies, cakes and puddings, and juiced to be added to beverages. The entire fruit is edible, including the peal and seeds. To open a kiwi, rinse the outside and slice the fruit in half lengthwise, then scoop out the flesh, or slice the kiwi in rings, leaving the nutrient-rich peel intact.
How to Cut Kiwi
Kiwi fruit, those fuzzy brown globes you find in the grocery store, are filled with delicious green flesh and edible black seeds. Not sure how to cut kiwi? Learn today and start enjoying this tasty fruit.
You’ve seen them before. Those fuzzy brown globes in the produce department or maybe the farmer’s market. You know they’re kiwi, but they’re a little intimidating, aren’t they?
I mean. How do you cut them? How do you choose the right ones to buy? How do you serve them?
Let’s demystify the kiwi, shall we.
Kiwi is a funny fruit, with bright green flesh and edible black seeds hiding under a fuzzy brown exterior. You might think what the what? But the fruit is absolutely delicious and a good source of vitamin C. Although native to China where it’s known as the Chinese gooseberry, the kiwi fruit gets its name from the national bird of New Zealand.
Curiouser, and curiouser.
The fruit crop thrived in New Zealand whereas it had failed in the US and UK. Kiwi, being also a nickname for New Zealanders, the newly named kiwifruit took off in popularity.
And now, you find it in fruit salads everywhere.
Though you may be familiar with the green interior kiwi, the lesser known gold kiwi is, you guessed it, gold inside — and tastes a bit like honey!
How do you cut fancy kiwi fruit?
Cutting a kiwi is pretty simple. After you wash the skin with a vinegar and water rinse, place the kiwi on a cutting board. Cut off the stem and blossom ends so you have a rounded cylinder shape.
Stand the kiwi on one flat end and then cut away the skin in arced cuts, keeping as close to the skin as possible so that you don’t waste fruit.
Alternatively you can cut the kiwi in your hand with a paring knife, slowly and carefully trimming away the fuzzy skin.
Can you cut up kiwi ahead of time?
You can cut up a kiwi 1 to 2 days in advance. Depending on how ripe it is when you cut it, it may last longer. Be sure to store it in a covered container in the refrigerator.
Can you eat the skin of the kiwi?
The skin of a kiwi is edible! Fuzzy and weird, but not dangerous. Just be sure to wash it with vinegar and water to kill any surface bacteria.
Can you eat the white part of the kiwi?
The entire kiwi is edible including the white core and black seeds. Sometimes that core can have a slightly woody texture, depending on their variety. You can trim it away if you like.
How do you choose kiwi?
Purchase firm, unblemished fruits
How do you store kiwi?
Store whole kiwi fruit for up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator. When they are ripe, they will give slightly when you squeeze them gently.
Can you freeze kiwi fruit?
Yes! If you find a great deal on kiwi or have more than you can eat in a short amount of time, you can freeze it. Simply peel and cut kiwi into slices. Pack into airtight containers and freeze.
The thawed kiwi will have a softer texture than fresh, making it great for blending into smoothies.
How to cut a kiwi – step by step
What kitchen tools do you need to cut kiwi?
You really don’t need much in the way of kitchen equipment for cutting kiwi. However, it’s helpful to have the following:
- spray bottle with vinegar
- cutting board
- sharp paring knife or chef’s knife
- glass container with lid for storing
How do you serve kiwi?
There are several ways you can serve kiwi. My kids love to just cut them in half and dig out the insides with a spoon. You can also slice the fruit to put in fruit trays alongside cut melon and pineapple or chop it to add to salads or add them to fruit kabobs.
Kiwi is delicious added to smoothies, and Kiwi Jam is amazing!
5 from 2 votesHow to Cut a Kiwi
Kiwi fruit, those fuzzy brown globes you find in the grocery store, are filled with delicious green flesh and edible black seeds. Not sure how to cut kiwi? Learn today and start enjoying this tasty fruit.
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Side Dish, Snack Keyword: chinese gooseberry, kiwi, kiwifruit Servings: 1 Calories: 55 kcal Author: Jessica Fisher Ingredients
- 1 kiwi fruit
- Rinse the outside of the kiwi with water and vinegar. Even though you aren’t going to eat the peel, you are going to cut through it, thereby possibly exposing the inner flesh to bacteria and other germs.
- Cut off the two ends and stand the kiwi on one end on the cutting board.
- With a chef’s knife, cut away the fuzzy skin, curving your cuts between the skin and flesh, thusly. Proceed around the sides of the kiwi until all the skin is removed. You may want to stand it on the opposite end to get little bits you might have missed from that side.
- Once all the skin is removed, you can cut the kiwi into rounds or quarters.
- Store in a covered container in the fridge until ready to serve, up to 2 days.
Nutrition Facts How to Cut a Kiwi Amount Per Serving Calories 55 % Daily Value* Sodium 2mg0% Potassium 283mg8% Carbohydrates 13g4% Fiber 2g8% Sugar 8g9% Protein 1g2% Vitamin A 80IU2% Vitamin C 84.4mg102% Calcium 31mg3% Iron 0.3mg2% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Good-quality kiwifruit will be fairly large and plump with thin “fuzzy” brown skin. The flesh should be emerald green with tiny black edible seeds radiating from the center and have a mild, sweet flavor. Choose kiwifruit that is free of wrinkles. Wrinkles are an indication that water has been lost and, with it, both quality and nutrients have been affected. Additionally, choose kiwifruit that are free of soft spots, cuts, and bruises. Unripe fruit will be firm to the touch; ripe fruit will give to gentle pressure.
Peak Growing Season
Domestic kiwi is available October through May, but California crops peak in December and January.
Eat raw or in fruit salads.
Wash fruit prior to serving. To peel kiwifruit, cut off one end with paring knife and peel in a spiral manner. Kiwifruit may be served with or without peel.
Store unripe and ripened kiwifruit at 32–35 degrees Fahrenheit. To ripen, hold fruit at room temperature in a loosely closed paper bag, for two to three days and avoid unusual heat and direct sunlight. Once kiwifruit is ripe and yields to the touch, it should be refrigerated until ready for use. Do not store kiwifruit near other ethylene producing fruits (apples, avocados, bananas, pears, tomatoes) which can trigger further ripening.
Best If Used By
Ripe kiwifruit will last five to ten days in refrigeration. Very firm kiwifruit can be kept in the refrigerator for up to one month.
A 1/2 cup serving of kiwifruit provides:
Sources of Information
Questions: Amy Bell | [email protected] | 916-322-5051 Last Reviewed: Thursday, March 14, 2019
How to grow a kiwi plant from seed
Kiwifruit is so tasty; it’s intoxicating. All my life, I’ve enjoyed the unique flavour and texture of kiwis but never stopped to wonder where they come from and how they grow. It took 24 years, countless fruit salads, and the digestion of innumerous tiny black seeds before I thought about planting some.
After my first kiwi sprouts emerged from the soil, I did some research and realized that Canada, with its uncomfortably cold winters, is not an ideal environment for growing kiwi plants. While fairly hardy, kiwi cannot survive temperatures below -18 degrees celsius. This news didn’t; however, change my mind about continuing to care for my seedlings. I find watching their development fascinating and enjoy seeing them grow into beautiful little vines. Plus, judging by the way our climate has been changing in recent years, it may soon become possible for kiwi to survive a southern Ontario winter.
Whether you’re planting to observe or to consume, here’s how you can get growing your own kiwi vines:
Things you’ll need:
1) A kiwi. Try to get an organic kiwi in order to avoid the possibility that non-organic seeds may not reproduce as well. There are a few different types of kiwifruit in existence and this step-by-step method for sprouting should work for all varieties.
This is they type of kiwifruit I used!
2) A small mug or container. This will hold your kiwi seeds for their first week of germination.
3) Paper towels, a plate, and a clear plastic container. These will be used to construct a very simple mini greenhouse for germinating your kiwi seeds.
4) Potting soil. I would guess that any potting soil will do, but I suggest using one with a blend of peat, perlite, vermiculite, and organic fertilizer. Almost all of the seeds I planted in this type of certified organic potting mix have sprouted beautifully, so I think it’s fair to say that it works.
5) Containers/pots. A container (with drainage holes) that is 2-3” deep and an inch or two in diameter will be sufficient for sprouting; however, the seedlings will eventually need to be re-potted into larger containers in order to continue growing. The size of the container is up to you, but I suggest a rather large pot since kiwi vines get quite big and re-potting intertwined vines is not always a simple task.
6) Sun, or a grow light. Kiwi vines need lots of light, especially when sprouting. If you don’t have enough natural sunlight you will likely need to supplement some of it with a grow light.
Method for sprouting kiwi seeds:
1) Scoop some kiwi seeds out of your ripe, organic kiwifruit and clean them by rinsing off all of the fruit. I found that placing them in a small cup, adding water, swishing them around in it and then carefully straining the water out was the easiest way to accomplish this. Do this a few times until they are completely clean.
2) Fill your small mug or container with lukewarm water and add your kiwi seeds. Place them in a warm location, such as in front of a heater, on top of a computer, or on a warm window sill. Your kiwi seeds will remain in this water-filled mug until they start to open (for about one week), so I suggest changing the water once a day in order to avoid unwanted bacteria growth.
3) Once you can see the seeds beginning to open, it’s time move them to their mini greenhouse. Soak some paper towel with lukewarm water and place it on a plate. Distribute your germinating seeds on the paper towel, cover them with a plastic container and place them in a warm, sunny spot. (Make sure you poke some holes in the plastic container in order to allow for some airflow). Your seeds will sprout fast in these conditions. After only two days of life in their greenhouse, my kiwi seeds were ready for planting.
4) As soon as you’re seeds are sprouted, it’s time to plant. Before planting, always prepare your container well. Pre-moisten your potting soil by putting some soil into a bucket and mixing in some water until it is damp all the way through.
These little sprouts are ready for planting!
5) Fill your container with the pre-moistened soil. Leave about an inch of space below the rim of your container.
6) Plant your seeds! Sprinkle your seeds into one or more pots making sure they are at least a few inches apart. I suggest giving each seed its own small pot in order to make transplanting easier; however, I split seven sprouted kiwi seeds between two pots and they are all growing fine. Once they are in their pot(s), cover them with a thin layer of soil. I’ve read that all seeds should be planted at a depth of about twice their length, so you can imagine just how little soil is necessary to cover your kiwi seeds.
7) Once planted, water thoroughly with a squirt bottle or gentle watering can and place your pot or container in a warm, sunny, location (for some, this may mean under a grow light). If you feel that your house may be too cold or drafty for the little guys to continue germinating, cover the top of your pot(s) with clear plastic with holes punched into it and secure with an elastic band. This will continue the greenhouse effect and can be left on until you see your sprouts emerge from the soil.
These are the first two leaves of one of my sprouts.
Mature leaves take on a fuzzy texture and a brilliant lime-green colour.
8) Take care of your fuzzy babies and enjoy the process. Provide them with:
- Water. Ensure that the soil is damp at all times, especially when your kiwi sprouts are young. Do not allow them to sit in a puddle of stagnant water though; those drainage holes are there for good reason.
- Sunlight. Ideally, they should be placed in a warm sunny window where they will receive plenty of direct sunlight each day. If a consistently sunny window is not possible, supplement some sun for a grow light. Since Toronto rarely seems to get any sun in the winter, my sprouts reside under the warm rays of a grow light for 12 hours each day. Once they get a bit bigger, I will move them outside for the summer months.
- Food. In order to keep your kiwi vines healthy and growing, the soil will eventually need to be replenished with nutrients. I suggest feeding it an organic fertilizer, such as compost or vermicompost, once it has developed a nice little set of leaves. Dig a little trench around the base of your vines, fill it with compost and water it well. Or, serve it up as compost tea. Try feeding your vines a few times each year or as needed, but do not overfeed! When it comes to fertilizing, less it best; so if in doubt, put it off a bit longer. (Another option is to start your seeds in potting soil with vermicompost or worm castings mixed into it).
- Love. Spend some time looking at your fuzzy new friends. Get into the habit of watching for browning leaves and checking the underside of leaves for pests. Just like us, our plants can fall victim to bugs and disease and may sometimes require some extra love and affection.
I’ve always wondered how to grow kiwi from seeds. If you’re curious too, read on below!
Foolproof Guide On How To Grow Kiwi From Seeds
Kiwifruit or more popularly known as kiwi is one of the edible berries with a soft texture and a quite unique sweet flavor. This fruit is high in Vitamin C and can be enjoyed in a wide variety of healthy recipes — from salads to tasty desserts.Aside from enjoying the sweet and unique taste of kiwi from your favorite recipes, you’d definitely want to grow a kiwi vine in your garden because of the numerous health benefits you can get from the fruit. If you love eating kiwi as much as I do, maybe it’s about time for you to learn how to grow kiwi from seeds at home.
Step One: Get Your Kiwi
It’s best to use organic kiwi if want to try to grow one. There are lots of kiwi varieties and any of those can be used. However, since the Hayward variety is normally the one available at the grocery store, it would be easier to just use this type.
Step Two: Collect and Clean The Seeds
Cut the kiwifruit into quarters then scrape all those black seeds into a bowl. Once you’ve collected the seeds (get as many as you can), you’ll notice there’s a gooey substance still stuck on the seeds. You need to remove it by adding water into your bowl of seeds, swish it around then drain. Do this repeatedly until your seeds are completely clean.
Step Three: Germinate The Seeds
On a damp paper towel, spread your clean kiwi seeds. If there are several seeds in one spot, you can use a knife to separate them. Fold over your damp paper towel two times, making sure the seeds are completely covered. Moisten the paper towel a bit more to help with the germination process then put it in a ziplock or a plastic bag. Don’t forget to label it with the date you sealed it. Store the kiwi seeds in a warm, dark place.
Step Four: Readiness Check
In about two to three weeks, check on the seeds if they’ve sprouted. Depending on the conditions, the seeds may take sooner or longer to sprout. Once the seeds have sprouted, they’re now ready to be planted!
Step Five: Place The Seeds In A Tray
Take your whole paper towel filled with seeds and place it in a tray filled with fertile potting soil. After some time, the paper towel will disintegrate and the kiwi will begin to come up. Select the best seedlings you’ll be transplanting to a permanent spot and weed out the weak ones. You need to be very careful since kiwis are fragile.
Watch the step by step video about growing kiwi from seeds here:
Growing kiwi from seeds is easy-peasy, right? Now, you have to get those vines bearing fruits! You have to take note though that there are male and female kiwi vines and only female kiwis bear fruits. What you should do is pollinate male and female kiwi flowers. It might take about three to four years before you can harvest kiwifruits.
Do you know another method for growing kiwi from seeds? Are there some tips you can share on how to successfully grow kiwi vines? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!
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Is it Bad to Eat Unripe Fruits in 2018?
Depending on your choice, unripened fruit can either be a delicious, nutritious treat or sickening to the stomach. Many Asian and other cultures eat unripened fruit and believe the unsweetened flavour is nutritious and good for health. They often eat unripened mangoes, papayas and other fruits and enjoy them.
We in western countries feel that unripened fruit is not good for health. While it is true that unripened fruit is highly acidic, other cultures eat unripened fruit and feel no side effects such as a stomach complaint. If a fruit is not naturally green, and yet appears to be so, you can be sure it is not yet ripe.
It is a common mistake to think that all fruit at your local fruit store is the ripest you are going to get. Climacteric fruits may be purchased unripened and left a day or two in the fruit bowl at home to ripen naturally. Some of these fruits include apples, apricots, avocado, bananas, rockmelon (but not honeydews or watermelons), figs, guavas, mangoes, nectarines, papaya, peaches, pears, plums and tomatoes.
How to Ripen Fruit Fast
Follow these easy tips to speed up the ripening of your unripened fruit at home:
Placing the unripe fruit in the paper bag on a counter and leave it for a day or two. Place bananas next to the unripe fruit. Be sure to check the fruit daily to make sure it hasn’t started to rot. As seen in the summertime, fruit generally ripens at a greater speed in lighter and warmer conditions. Avoid placing unripened fruit in the fridge because the fridge is cold and dark and the fruit won’t ripen.
Cooking is also another solution to unripened fruit. It doesn’t speed up the ripening process, but it does:
- Increase the sweetness of the fruit
- Decrease the bitterness and astringency of the fruit
- Soften the fruit, allowing it to be eaten more easily
Cooking fruit can also destroy the nutrients in the fruit, so it should only be used moderately. Fruits have Vitamin C and other nutrients in them and cooking can be detrimental to their health benefits.
There are several fruits however that when eaten unripened, prove as delicious as they are nutritious. This may be why Asian and indigenous cultures eat unripened fruit as a matter of course. They may be aware that unripened fruit has many health benefits.
Health benefits of unripened fruits
Papaya in all its forms is deliciously sweet and refreshing. Papayas, including that of the green variety, are laden with antioxidant nutrients such as carotenes, vitamin C, flavonoids, B vitamins, folate, pantothenic acid and the minerals potassium and magnesium. They also contain a high amount of fibre and the digestive enzyme papain.
Unripened green papaya may be used to treat:
- Digestive Disorders; The enzyme papain found in unripened papaya is reported to relieve symptoms of gastric juice deficiency, excess digestive mucus, intestinal irritation and dyspepsia.
- Menstrual Irregularities: For those seeking relief from irregular periods, raw papaya juice should be drunk. The muscle fibres of the womb are stimulated by unripe papaya juice, which trigger a natural menstrual flow.
- Skin Disorders; Unripe papaya can relieve the swelling and inflammation of wounds, as well as reducing the severity of symptoms of other skin disorders such as acne and psoriasis. It has also been anecdotally reported as a natural exfoliant that decreases skin pigmentation and other brown spots.
- Throat Conditions: Raw papaya juice mixed with honey has been known to reduce the inflammation and infection of throat disorders such as tonsillitis by dissolving the mucus membrane
Green mangoes are a rich source of starch and offer many medicinal qualities derived from the astringent, acidic qualities of the fruit. The sour taste is due to the presence of oxalic, citric, malic and succinic acids, and it is also rich in other antioxidant nutrients such as pectin, Vitamin C, niacin and the vitamins B1 and B2.
Unripened, green mangoes may be used to treat:
- Heat Stroke: Drinks prepared with unripened mangoes have been anecdotally reported to relieve heat exhaustion and stroke. Preparing the beverage with salt relieves dehydration and replaces sodium chloride and iron otherwise lost due through sweating.
- Digestive Disorders: Diarrhea, dysentery, piles, morning sickness, dyspepsia, indigestion and constipation may also be relieved after eating an unripened mango. Make sure to chose one in which the seed is not fully formed and add honey to taste.
- Bilious Disorders: Green mangoes contain acids that stimulate the secretion of bile and act as intestinal antiseptic. This prevents bacteria from decomposing, toning the liver, keeping the system healthy.
- Blood Disorders: The high vitamin C content of green mangoes increases the elasticity of blood vessels, helps form new blood cells, allows for greater iron absorption from food and increases the body’s resistance to diseases such as anemia, cholera, dysentery and TB
Excessive consumption (more than 1-2/day) of green mangoes may lead throat irritation, indigestion, dysentery and abdominal colic. Water should also be avoided after eating a green mango because it coagulates the sap and makes it more irritant.
Many people don’t even know about unripened green tomatoes, and the different taste they offer to their red counterparts. They are calorie poor, high in vitamin C, vitamin A, lycopene and beta-carotene.
Before eating an unripened green tomato remember that not all green tomatoes are unripened. Some are bred specifically green and may be ripe. Make sure to check with your grocer before purchasing the fruit. Avoid smaller green tomatoes that carry an overly bitter taste that can ruin your green tomato recipe. Before cooking your green tomatoes, make sure to extract the woodier stem and core piece.
It is recommended green tomatoes be cooked before consumption and limited to 1-2 per day. Excess consumption of Green tomatoes may cause diarrhea and vomiting as they contain the natural toxins glycoalkaloids that can irritate the gastrointestinal tract. These toxins are generally not present in ripened, red tomatoes and give the green tomatoes their bitter taste.
Green bananas are another fruit that has health benefits. Green bananas can:
- Treat diarrhea in children and adults
- Resistant starch in green bananas can increase the fat burning process
- Resistant starch also increases the body’s sensitivity to insulin and may be helpful to type 2 diabetes sufferers
Consider the health benefits of unripened fruit
We all like sweet fruit, but there are many health benefits to unripened fruit. They can be hard to find on supermarket shelves, but you may find unripened fruits in a smaller shop that sells organic fruits and vegetables. They may be unripe and you can tell just by looking at the skin. If it is green, it is probably unripe, but there are exceptions to this rule. Oranges should be orange, but organic oranges are often green and when opened, have the sweet flavour of oranges. They may be even sweeter than large oranges bought in the supermarket because organic oranges tend to be sweeter than those that are large in size.
You don’t need to eat unripened fruit all the time, but when you feel you need some, they can be of benefit to your health. We all love the flavour of sweet fruit and should enjoy sweet fruit in most cases, but don’t forget the health benefits of unripe fruit.
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Why you should stop eating unripe fruit
Have you ever had a stomach pain after eating fruit? Let me reveal a secret. I am almost certain that the fruit was not ripe (or you combined it with wrong foods). Unfortunately, they don’t teach us in schools about the proper fruit ripeness and how to ripen it, so we might even not be aware of this problem. The other thing that can cause problems is overripe fruit, but that is rarely the case.
They mostly sell unripe fruits in the stores, so we need to learn which fruit can be ripened at home and which doesn’t ripen after it is harvested. Eating unripe fruit is like eating half cooked meal, and the body will give us a warning that we are not doing something right in both cases.
IS IT REALLY THAT BAD OR IS IT ONLY UNRIPE?
I myself experienced this a couple of years before I even started eating a raw food diet.
My partner and I wanted to try three tropical fruits – mango, papaya,
and avocado. So a day came that we bought all three at the same time. When we tasted them, they all tasted so bad that we practically had to spit it out!
From that moment on we lived in the belief that these tropical fruits simply aren’t tasty at all. Until, of course, we tried them again someplace else, and found that they were actually delicious! We then realized that with our first attempt the problem was unripe fruit. Now papaya is one of my favorite fruits!
A similar thing happened with durian. Durian is a tropical fruit that can mostly be found in Asian stores (usually frozen, which can be just as delicious as fresh). It is also called the king of fruits, and before I tried it I heard many wonderful things about it.
Of course, we wanted to try it. As I have read a lot of things about it, I also knew that it has a distinctive odor that is similar to the smell of rotten onions. Sounds terrible, right? But that did not deter people, on the contrary, they seemed to enjoy it immensely.
That is why I didn’t think that it was unusual when my durian smelled so bad that the smell took over the whole apartment. Somehow we couldn’t prepare ourselves to try it. But that is how it was supposed to be … It should smell bad, right? When we tasted it, we were convinced that this was not a fruit in which we could ever enjoy. It tasted horrible.
Then again a day came when we had the opportunity to try it for the second time. And WOW, what a delightful experience that was! It was not similar to the durian that we first tried at all. And the smell was not unpleasant.
So we again realized what kind of mistake we made – our first durian was for sure a little bit rotten, but how could we have known. Now I love its smell and we both love to eat it!
The moral of these stories? Learn how to identify ripe fruit and always give each fruit more than one chance. Perfectly ripe fruit is sweet and has a wonderful taste! Each fruit is something special.
WOULD YOU EAT A POTATO THAT IS ONLY HALF COOKED?
If they would serve uncooked potatoes to you in a restaurant, what would your reaction be? I am sure that you wouldn’t want to eat one.
Because it doesn’t taste good and we are aware of the fact that the uncooked potatoes do our bodies more harm than good.
It’s the same with unripe fruit. It causes digestive problems, pain and discomfort in the stomach. It is simply not good for the body.
I once bought a whole box of grapes without trying it first (I do not know what came over me). When I got home, I washed it and start eating it. It was unripe, sour and it tasted horrible. I knew that it isn’t good if you eat unripe fruit, but nevertheless, I continued. I payed a lot of money for that grapes and I just wasn’t prepared to throw it all away because of my mistake.
After the meal I got a terrible stomach ache. It hurt so much that I writhed in pain. Logical, right? Just as we don’t eat raw potatoes, we should also avoid unripe fruit.
Of course I threw out the grapes as soon as I recovered. I put them to the compost. Grapes do not ripen after harvesting, so there was nothing else I could do.
It would be much better if I would do that immediately, without causing myself such pain … It’s not worth it, no matter how much money I spent on it.
“WHEN IS IT RIPE” BOOKLET (a gift for you)
Therefore, it is extremely important to educate yourself when a certain fruit is ripe, how does it look like when it’s ripe and if it ripens after picking. I created a booklet where I tell you all about it. There is also a table in it where I show you where certain fruits should be stored, at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
Of course, it is also important under what conditions the fruit grew, so pay attention to the quality. And each variety is different. There is really A LOT of different fruit out there, so explore and enjoy new tastes, which are provided by the wonderful Mother Nature. Served directly from the tree.
I’d love to hear your adventures with unripe and overripe fruit. Do you have any? 🙂
Share them in the comments below.
Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts.