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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Keeping:

Several hours in the fridge, covered by a plastic film.

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.
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And so separate the first segment.

Stage 11 - 1 min.
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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

Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
129 Kcal or 540 Kj2 gr31 gr0 gr
6 %1 %3 %0 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
38 Kcal or 159 Kj1 gr9 gr0 gr
2 %<1 %1 %0 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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Source

Home made.

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

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