How To Ripen Kiwi: 8 Expert Tips To Ripen Kiwi At Home

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How to Ripen Kiwi Fruit

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Kiwifruit is best when vine-ripened, but certain varieties taste just as good when they're ripened at home. The trick is to choose a good kiwi to begin with. After that, you just set it on your kitchen counter and wait for the kiwi to reach its juicy, flavorful peak. See Step 1 to learn how to ripen a kiwi the right way.


Ripening Kiwi Fruit

  1. Choose unblemished kiwi fruit.Look for a kiwi that doesn't have any dark spots or tears in the skin. Feel the kiwi and choose one that's firm to the touch.
    • Most kiwi fruit varieties that you find in the grocery store ripen perfectly fine off the vine.
    • If you're growing your own kiwi and want to know how to ripen them, check into the variety you have to determine whether you should leave your fruit on the vine til it's ripe or harvest it while it's hard.
  2. Check the seeds.If you have a lot of fruit to spare, cut one open and look at the seeds. A kiwi won't ripen if its seeds are still green or yellow - they must be black. Black seeds indicate the kiwi has enough sugar to ripen properly.
  3. Put the kiwi fruit in the refrigerator until you're ready to ripen them.Hard kiwis will last in the refrigerator for at least 4 months.Store kiwis alone so they don't come into contact with fruits that make ethylene, the gas that causes fruit to ripen.
  4. Set out the kiwis you want to ripen at room temperature.Place them in a bowl on your countertop and simply wait a few days. The fruit will ripen in 3 to 5 days if stored at room temperature.
    • Don't put the kiwis in direct sunlight. This could cause them to become discolored or rot too quickly.
  5. Speed up ripening by exposing the kiwifruit to ethylene.Set the kiwifruit next to an apple, banana, or pear. This exposes the kiwis to ethylene produced by the other fruits. Keep the ripening kiwis out of sunlight and away from heat sources.
    • To make the kiwi fruit ripen even faster, put it in a paper bag or a vented plastic bag along with an apple, banana, or pear. Store the bag at room temperature for 1 or 2 days.
  6. Test the kiwifruit for ripeness by pressing with your thumb.The fruit is ripe if it yields to slight pressure. A kiwi that's ready to eat is plump and fragrant.
  7. Eat the ripe kiwis quickly.Make sure to eat them when they're at their peak - otherwise they'll start to rot.

Storing Ripe Kiwi Fruit

  1. Keep ripened kiwi fruit in the refrigerator for as long as 7 days.You can extend the storage time for another week if you refrigerate them in a plastic bag. The bag lessens dehydration and prolongs freshness.
  2. Freeze whole kiwi fruit.Simply place whole kiwis in a freezer-safe container and store them in the freezer for several months.
  3. Freeze sliced kiwi fruit.Kiwi slices make great garnishes or additions to smoothies and other healthy treats. If you have extra kiwis on hand, you can slice them up and freeze them.
    • Slice the kiwis and sprinkle sugar on the slices to keep them firm and flavorful.
    • Put the sugared kiwi slices on a cookie sheet and slide the sheet into the freezer.
    • Transfer the frozen kiwi slices from the cookie sheet into plastic freezer bags. Store them in the freezer.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    Is it okay to eat the skin of a kiwi?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes! It contains lots of vitamin C.
  • Question
    Can I eat the skin of a kiwi?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, the whole thing is edible.
  • Question
    In what year was kiwi fruit introduced?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Kiwi fruit was introduced in 1962.
  • Question
    When you are at the store, should you pick the non-ripe fruit or the ripe fruit if you need them the next day?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    They should be ripe. One day isn't going to make a big difference in the ripeness.
  • Question
    Is the fruit poisonous when it's not ripe?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    No. If they are not ripe, they are just hard and not tasty.
  • Question
    Are hard kiwi fruit sour?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, they are.
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  • Will fruit on the tree ripen after frost?
  • Some of my young Kiwi fruit has black spots. What causes this?
  • How do you know if kiwi is rotten?
  • Why do kiwi fruit look this way?
  • If I cut my kiwi in half and put it in a bag with an apple or a banana, would it ripen faster?
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Quick Summary

To ripen kiwi fruit, start by making sure you buy kiwis that are unblemished and firm to the touch for best results. Then, place the kiwi fruit in a bowl on a countertop and wait 3-5 days for them to ripen. To speed up ripening, place the kiwi fruit next to an apple, banana, or pear, which will expose them to ethylene. To check if your kiwi fruit are ripe, press your thumb against one to see if it gives under the pressure. When they're ripe, eat them quickly so they don't rot.

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  • Kiwis must be exposed to ethylene gas after picking to start the ripening process that consumers complete after bringing them home. If the growers and shippers don't begin to ripen the fruit, the starches aren't converted to sugars quickly enough and the fruit shrivels.
  • Kiwi fruit are good sources of vitamins and minerals, including vitamins C and E, potassium, magnesium, and copper. Kiwi fruits have few calories, are high in fiber and contain no fat or sodium.

Things You'll Need

  • Kiwi fruit
  • Plastic bags
  • Banana, apple or pear
  • Paper bags
  • Sugar
  • Cookie sheet
  • Freezer bags

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Diana Elms

Sep 8

"Learned how to ripen kiwis on the vine in the UK. Didn't realize the seeds had to be black to be successful, greattip to cut one open to find out."


Jun 28

"Never knew how to freeze them!"

Elsa MacDonald

May 23, 2019

"I kept wondering why local grocers were selling the kiwis so green. I figured I would look up how to ripen them.Since there is a process, that must be why growers think consumers will buy them unripened."


Jun 9, 2019

"I got a great deal on 2 lbs of kiwi, but none were ripe. This helped me ripen some faster and slow some down so Ididn't have to eat them all at same time. Love the info that they can be frozen also!"

Anjali Briel

Jun 2, 2019

"Thanks so much. This was a great help. I won't cut each fruit open to see if the seeds are black and thus able toripen, though, as I suspect this would open the fruit to decomposition."


Jun 15, 2019

"I didn't know that I could put other fruit that I already had along with the kiwi to speed up the process, or thatthey could last so long in the fridge and freezer. Thanks!"

A. R.

May 27, 2019

"Excellent information! I had no idea how to ripen or store kiwis. Freeze them? Wow, I never knew that! Thank you!"


Aug 6, 2019

"Kiwi fruits are away hard when bought - just wanted some advice on how to ripen some. Guess what? It worked!"

Riya Ingawale

Nov 29, 2019

"It's a nice site, helped in ripening kiwi fruits. The steps are very helpful."

Jenn Cautillo

Nov 21, 2019

"I place 2 kiwi in a paper bag with a banana and an apple, it really works."


Aug 27, 2019

"The pictures, step by step instructions, clear description was so helpful!"

D. Hay

Apr 4, 2019

"To ripen a kiwi, first pick one that's not green. "
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Aug 1, 2019

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