Juicing Kiwi Fruit - learn how to juice a kiwi fruit
Can you juice kiwi fruit?
Yes, kiwi can easily be juiced by both centrifugal juicers and slow masticating juicers. It has both a sweet edge to it and a tanginess/tartness that can help to add a fresh zing to vegetable juices.
With its taste that combines strawberry, pineapple, and nectarine all in one bite, the kiwi fruit is full of flavour and will add a kick to your juice recipes.
How to juice kiwi
Do you have to peel kiwi before juicing?
One of the most common questions for juicing kiwi is 'can you juice kiwi with its skin on?'. The answer is yes you can if organic, but be aware that the skin is quite bitter and so can impact the flavour of your juice.
Non organically produced kiwis may have been sprayed with pesticides and so if you don't peel the skin off, washing and scrubbing the skin with a vegetable brush is advisable.
As with many fruits and vegetables there is a high concentration of nutrients in and just under the skin which can be lost if peeling the fruit.
We would recommend removing the skin to start with and then gradually leaving parts of the skin on as you get more familar with the taste. You can then determine whether it is for you or not.
Juice them whole
Most juicers (especially centrifugal juicers) are now made with wide feed chutes and so the whole kiwi (with skin on or off) can be put down the feed chute in one go. Kiwi seeds are edible and are a source of fibre and omega-3 fats which many western diets are deficient in.
If you have a slow juicer (vertical or horizontal single auger or a twin gear juicer) then the feed chute may be narrower and you may need to chop the kiwi into half to fit it down the feed chute. Use gentle pressure on the plunger to push the kiwi through the feed chute.
If the kiwi is over ripe it will be very soft and this can clog the screen of juicers such as the Champion.
Drink your juice straight away
When juicing you should drink your juice within 10 minutes of making it to make sure you get the full benefits of all the nutrients contained in the juice before oxidation starts to degrade them.
How to select kiwi for juicing
Select kiwis that give slightly when squeezed gently. This indicates they are ripe. If the kiwi is hard then it is under ripe but if it is squishy and showing signs of sagging / bruising then it is most likely over ripe.
The ripeness will affect the sugar content of the fruit and so under ripe kiwis tend to be less sweet.
Depending on the season, you may often find the fruit labelled 'ripen at home'. This means that the fruit is not ready for eating yet.
How speed up kiwi ripening
If you have a kiwi that is underripe you can speed up the ripening process by either
- placing the kiwi in a paper back with a ripe banana or apples. The ethlyene gas that is released from the other fruit will speed up the ripening of the kiwi.
- placing the kiwi in direct sunlight
Juicing kiwi benefits
Ounce for ounce, kiwifruit has more vitamin C than oranges, as much potassium as bananas, and four times as much fiber as celery.
Vitamin C is a powerful anti-oxidant that is great for the immune system.
The high fiber content can mean that if you start consuming a large number of kiwis in your diet they can have a mild laxative effect.
Juicer recipes which contain Kiwi Fruit juice
The Honey Bunch
Smoothie recipes which contain Kiwi Fruit
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