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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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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

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

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
1292 gr31 gr0 gr
6 %1 %3 %0 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
381 gr9 gr0 gr
2 %<1 %1 %0 %
% 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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