Eat

Cut, Scoop & Enjoy

cut, scoop & enjoy

One of the best ways to enjoy Zespri Kiwifruit is to cut it in half and scoop the flesh out with a spoon.

Cooking with Kiwifruit

Cooking with
kiwifruit. . .

When using kiwifruit in hot dishes, add it at the very last minute, so that it will retain its bright colour.


If you use uncooked kiwifruit in a dish containing a milk product or gelatine, you need to eat it very soon afterwards. To store the dish for a longer period of time, you need to cook the kiwifruit before using it.

Find out why »


Choose & Store

How to choose

Look for Zespri Kiwifruit that is semi-firm to touch, unblemished and with no soft, bruised spots or wrinkled skin.

Do not store in fridge, if kiwifruits are too firm.

Store kiwifruit at room temperature to hasten ripening. Kiwifruits taste sweeter when softer! Ripe kiwifruit are then best stored in the refrigerator.

Store outside if kiwifruit is very firm.

A firm Zespri Kiwifruit that is stored at room temperature will take about 2-3 days to ripen. Remember to keep it away from direct sunlight.

Kiwifruits stored in a fridge will take 5-7 days to ripen.

Firm Zespri Kiwifruits that are stored in the fridge will take 5-7 days to fully ripen. If you don’t want it to ripen too quickly, keep it separate from apples and bananas.


Ripen

Softer is sweeter!

Store kiwifruit at room temperature to hasten ripening. Kiwifruits taste sweeter when softer! Ripe kiwifruit are then best stored in the refrigerator.

Store with apples and bananas to speed up ripening!

Ripening process can be hastened if placed in a bag with apples or bananas.

How to Ripen

A ripe kiwifruit will yield gently to light pressure, and can be eaten immediately or stored in the refrigerator for a further 7-10 days.

Don't let your kiwifruit's get too ripe.

Zespri Kiwifruit sweeten as they age but if left for too long, they will become mushy. So it is best to consume them before they become too soft!


FAQs

Is kiwifruit skin edible?

Yes. You can eat the whole of your Zespri Kiwifruit, including the skin. What’s more, the skin is rich in fibre. If you’re not too keen on the fine hairs on the Zespri Green Kiwifruit, simply brush them off before you take a bite. As with any other fruit you eat unpeeled, make sure you rinse the kiwifruit first.

Can I speed up the ripening process?

The Zespri Green Kiwifruit can be rather firm when you buy it. Such unripe kiwifruit will be too sour to eat and should be kept at room temperature and they will ripen in a few days. You can also speed up the ripening process by storing kiwifruit in a paper or plastic bag together with other ripe fruit such as banana, apple, etc. Ripe fruit contains ethylene, a natural emitted gas that hastens the ripening process. Zespri Gold Kiwifruit, however, is usually ready to eat and needs no further ripening.

Can I use kiwifruit in a milk product or with gelatine?

Yes, but if you use uncooked kiwifruit in a dish containing a milk product or gelatine, you need to eat it very soon afterwards. If you want to be able to store the dish for a longer period of time, you need to cook the kiwifruit before using it.

Why are uncooked kiwifruit and milk products incompatible?

Kiwifruit contains a special enzyme called actinidin, which splits and dissolves protein. If you add kiwifruit to products rich in protein, it begins to break the protein down, which explains why your kiwifruit milkshake starts to curdle if you leave it too long.

On the other hand, the protein-dissolving actinidin enzyme also makes kiwifruit a natural meat tenderiser. Simply peel and mash a kiwifruit and spread the pulp on a tough cut of meat. Let it stand for 10 to 15 minutes; then, lightly scrape the kiwifruit off the meat, discarding the kiwifruit. The meat becomes wonderfully soft, ready for immediate frying, barbecuing or roasting.

When does kiwifruit taste best?

It’s best to buy Zespri Green Kiwifruit when they are still firm, and then leave the fruit to ripen for a while. Store ripened kiwifruit in the fridge, as they taste best when chilled.

When is kiwifruit really ripe?

Gently press the fruit. If it gives a little, it is ripe and at its best. The Zespri Gold Kiwifruit is usually soft and ready to eat when you buy it.