How to Store Kiwi

If you’re a kiwi fruit fan, you might be wondering about the best ways to store kiwi fruit to maximize their lifespan and minimize the risk of them going off before you get a chance to eat them. Kiwis are a popular and very nutritious fruit, packed with vitamins.

Healthline tells us that they contain high amounts of vitamins C, K, and E, and they are a good source of fiber. You can even eat the peels, although most people tend not to as it can be a bit fuzzy and odd to chew!

With that tangy flavor and soft flesh, kiwis are a popular choice for many people, so let’s learn how these fruits can be stored in the best possible way so that they last. We’ll also cover how to know if a kiwi has gone bad, and what you shouldn’t do when storing your kiwi fruit.

How to Store Kiwi


How To Store Kiwis Properly

The storage will depend on how ripe the kiwi is and whether you intend to eat it quickly or not.

For example, a ripe kiwi that you plan to eat that day can be stored on the counter or in the fruit bowl without a problem. However, if you have ripe kiwis and you aren’t ready to eat them, you should move them to the fridge.

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If your kiwis are unripe and you want to eat them soon, the best storage place is in your fruit bowl. If you’re a major fruit lover and you have a lot of fruit, something like this Two Tier Fruit Basket could be absolutely ideal for you. It lets you store all your fruit without any risk of fruits getting crushed between each other.

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Be warned that if you have apples or bananas in your fruit basket, they will make other fruits ripen more quickly. Most fruits output ethylene gas, which helps them to ripen, but these two are particularly known for doing so.

That might be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how soon you want to eat the kiwis. You could always store a few elsewhere, and just keep the ones that you want to ripen in the fruit basket if you have apples or bananas in there.

Kiwis themselves produce ethylene gas, so if you want to speed up the ripening process, you can also put them in a plastic bag to increase the concentration of this gas in the air around them.

Keep kiwis reasonably cool and away from direct sunlight. This will stop them from getting hot and turning bad. If you aren’t sure whether a kiwi is ripe, give it a gentle squeeze and sniff it. A ripe kiwi will be soft and will have a rich scent. Unripe kiwis are hard and have little or no smell.

If you have pieces of sliced kiwi or a peeled kiwi half, these should be stored in the fridge, preferably in an airtight container. They will need to be used up reasonably quickly, not left in there for too long, or they will either dry out or turn moldy.

How to Store Kiwi

How Long Can Kiwis Be Stored For?

This again depends on how ripe they are when you buy them. Kiwis will keep ripening until they become overripe and unpleasant, so if you buy very hard, unripe kiwis, they could last for a couple of weeks in the right conditions. If you buy ripe kiwis, you might find they are past their best within a few days.

Careful storage means that a ripe kiwi should last for a week, possibly two. If you store ripe kiwis on the counter, they will usually be too ripe to eat within a couple of days, but the fridge should slow the ripening process right down.

If you put unripe kiwis in the fridge, they could last for up to six weeks! In the fruit bowl, they will probably ripen in about five to seven days, depending on how ripe they were when you bought them.

It’s pretty hard to estimate how long kiwis will last without being able to touch and smell them, but remember that the fridge is key to slowing down the ripening process, and the counter to speeding it up. If you aren’t ready to eat your kiwis yet, put them in the fridge until they are wanted, and they should last well.

How To Tell If Kiwis Are No Longer Edible

Kiwis that are overripe or have got damaged will usually feel very squishy. A ripe kiwi should have some give when squeezed, but still be reasonably firm. An overripe kiwi will squash in your hands, and if you cut it open, the insides will be mushy.

Bruised kiwis may also form bad bits; these dark areas can be cut away if the rest of the fruit is still good, but they won’t last as well. If you notice bruising, eat that fruit first.

Kiwis that have a slimy texture or an odd, alcoholic smell should be discarded, rather than consumed.

If you’re checking out kiwi that has already been sliced, look for spots of mold on the surface, or see if it has a funny odor.

Avoid These Mistakes When Storing Kiwi

  • Don’t store ripe kiwis on the counter until you’re ready to eat them.
  • Don’t bump or squash kiwi fruits, or they will go bad more quickly.
  • Don’t store kiwis in a hot or sunny space.
  • Don’t put them in a bag or near fruits that produce lots of ethylene gas if they are already ripe enough to eat.

Enjoy Your Fresh Kiwi!

Kiwis are lovely fruits and when you get a ripe one, you will really appreciate the soft, succulent flesh. However, overripe kiwis tend to taste alcoholic, and raw kiwis are chewy, acidic, and hard work. Store your kiwis according to their ripeness level for perfect fruit every time!