Can you eat kiwi peel?

In this brief article, “Can you eat kiwi peel?” we will describe the kiwi peel, what are the possible effects of kiwi peel including positive and negative effects, what are the benefits that we can take from kiwi peel, and for which purposes we can use it along with the different ways to use it.

Can you eat kiwi peel?

Yes, we can eat kiwi peel. It is full of nutritional content. 

To consume it, first, wash the kiwi peel just like the other fruits. Sometimes, green kiwi fruit makes confusion about its peel as some people say that it is not edible because it is bright green from inside but from outside it appears dull brown, fuzzy, and fibrous. But still, we also hear that it is edible and is also liked.

The nutritional composition of Kiwi peel

Kiwi peel is highly nutritious and is composed of many nutrients such as folate, fibre, and vitamin E.

Fibre

Fibre is one of the nutritional content of kiwi peel which is a perfect diet for the bacteria which resides in the gut of living organisms. It is also beneficial to take a high fibre diet because it is associated with lowering the risk of many cardiac complications along with cancer and also diabetes.

Folate 

Folate is considered as one of the most important nutrient components which is highly beneficial for the growth of cells and their division. It can also help to prevent other defects like neural tubes that might happen in pregnancy.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is one of the fat-soluble vitamins that have solid antioxidant properties. Vitamin E is beneficial for health because it keeps preventing the cells from any type of damage that might be caused due to the free radicals.

Consuming peel of kiwi along with its meat enhances the fibre content by 50 per cent in the body, also increases the folate content by 32 per cent, and vitamin E concentration is also increased by 34 per cent as compared to eating the fresh kiwi alone.

Since many of us do not uptake all these nutrients. So, kiwi with peel is the best option to consume that also boosts all the nutritional content of the body.

Antioxidants 

The kiwi peel is the house of antioxidants. Fresh kiwi fruit has a high content of nutritional components. Generally, Vitamin C and Vitamin E are major contents in the peel of kiwi. 

Vitamin C is soluble in water which is also capable of fighting against any oxidative damage that can happen inside the cells and also can be within the bloodstream.

As compared to vitamin C, Vitamin E is soluble in fat that plays a significant role within the cell membranes by fighting against the free radicals. 

So, the peel of kiwi is enriched with both types of soluble either it is fat-soluble or water-soluble which provides solid protection against many radicals in the whole body.

Eating kiwi peel can be unpleasant for some people

Kiwi peel is not likened by all people. Sometimes, it is an unpleasant food item for someone. They discard the peel of kiwi because they don’t like the strange mouthfeel and fuzzy texture of the kiwi peel.

The fuzzy texture can be removed by rubbing the kiwi with a clean towel, or by lightly scraping it with a spoon, and can also be removed by scrubbing the kiwi with a vegetable brush.

If you don’t want to eat kiwi peel then cut one side of the kiwi and extract the meat out by scooping it with a spoon. Or kiwi flesh can be separated by simply slicing the kiwi with a knife.

To eat kiwi alone without flesh will reduce the nutritional effect of kiwi, like a heavy content of oxalates are present in the peel of kiwi while raphides are present in the flesh of kiwi.

Irritation can be produced by eating kiwi but it is less in eating ripe kiwis as a comparison to under-ripe kiwi.

Kiwi allergies

There are also negative effects of kiwi which include some of the allergic reactions that have symptoms starting from a slight itching in the mouth to full-blown anaphylaxis. Anyone who is more exposed to allergies should avoid taking kiwi peel.

Those who face no more severe symptoms can have only a latex food allergy or oral allergy syndrome. These allergies quite happen when our immune system does not work against certain proteins which are present in kiwi peel.

Conclusion 

In this brief article, “Can you eat kiwi peel?” we described the kiwi peel, what are the possible effects of kiwi peel including positive and negative effects, what are the benefits that we can take from kiwi peel, and for which purposes we can use it along with the different ways to use it.

References

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/eating-kiwi-skin#who-should-not-eat
https://www.zespri.com/en-US/blogdetail/can-i-eat-the-skin-of-kiwifruit
https://www.healthline.com/health/7-best-things-about-kiwi

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.