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How to peel a fruit

How to peel a fruit
Usually French chefs says "peler à vif", which means to completely peel the fruit (removing skin and core) and keep only the very best of the flesh. Here is a method for grapefruit, but it can be used for all the other citrus fruit, and many other fruits.
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you will need:


  • 1 grapefruit

Nutritional information:

Whole recipe
Calories
129
6%
Proteins
2g
1%
Carbohydrates
31g
3%
Fats
0g
0%
 Per 100 g 
Calories
38
2%
Proteins
1g
<1%
Carbohydrates
9g
1%
Fats
0g
0%
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% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).


Times:

Preparation : 32 min.
Preservation : Several hours in the fridge, covered by a plastic film.


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Step by step recipe:


1
You will need the following utensils:Cut top and bottom off the fruit.
How to peel a fruit : Photo of step #1
2
Split the skin vertically into 4 quarters of similar size.
How to peel a fruit : Photo of step #2
3
Pull off the quarters of skin. With them you can make delicious candied peel.
How to peel a fruit : Photo of step #3
4
If necessary, trim any remaining white pith from top and bottom.
How to peel a fruit : Photo of step #4
5
Put the fruit in front of you, remove the white pith by cutting in vertical strips all round the fruit.
How to peel a fruit : Photo of step #5
6
Complete the operation by trimming off any remaining bits of pith. It's easier if you turn fruit upside down at this stage.
How to peel a fruit : Photo of step #6
7
You should get a "clean" fruit. It is now "pelé à vif", but you need to separate the segments of flesh.
How to peel a fruit : Photo of step #7
8
For the first segment, choose a large one and cut from the outside towards the centre, following the left-hand membrane (transparent skin).
How to peel a fruit : Photo of step #8
9
Then do the same thing with the right-hand membrane.
How to peel a fruit : Photo of step #9
10
And so separate the first segment.
How to peel a fruit : Photo of step #10
11
For all the other segments, start again with the left-hand membrane, and cut from outside to centre.
How to peel a fruit : Photo of step #11
12
Now comes the critical moment, when the blade of your knife reaches the centre: turn it gently half a turn (exacty as if you were turning a key to lock a door), and continue cutting, this time back from the centre towards the outside.
How to peel a fruit : Photo of step #12
13
You will notice that there is only a little to cut, because the turn pratically detaches the segment.
How to peel a fruit : Photo of step #13
14
Then remove the segment... You might need to finish by removing a few pips or pieces of membrane.
How to peel a fruit : Photo of step #14
15
Do this for all segments.
How to peel a fruit : Photo of step #15
16
Have a look at this short video, to see how to peel a grapefruit...
17
...and in this one, a kiwi.

Remarks:

This operation is rather long, but what a result! If you make a fruit salad like this you will be surprised (so will your guests) by the sweetness of your dessert (no hint of bitterness from the pith).

I suggest that you work over a strainer on a bowl, or use a chopping board with a small reservoir to keep the fruit juice that runs out. Similarly, squeeze all unused parts of the fruit before discarding them.

Source:

Home made

Last modified on: February 21th 2011

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