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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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Last modified on: February 21th 2011

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Fulfillment
PreparationStart to finish
32 min.32 min.
Preservation:
Several hours in the fridge, covered by a plastic film.
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Step by step recipe

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

Nutritional information

% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

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GrapefruitGrapefruit: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Candied grapefruit peel, Fruit salad, Mulled wine Belle-Plagne style, Chaud-froid of grapefruit, pineapple and lime custard , Grapefruit moelleux, ... All

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