Full of beneficial enzymes, omega-3 fatty acids and about 100 milligrams of vitamin C per fruit, the kiwi has built a reputation as powerful health agent. However, many kiwis bought from fruit suppliers can be laden with bacteria and germs that can cause illnesses. As with any fruit or vegetable that is about to be consumed, proper washing is required.
Open the package of kiwis, and gently place them in an empty, clean kitchen sink.
Put on your gloves and inspect the batch of kiwis. Discard any decaying fruit, or fruit showing obvious signs of deterioration. Rotting fruit can potentially carry yeast and bacteria that can cause illness.
The National Center for Biotechnology Information recommends cleansing the fruit with lukewarm tap water with a second washing being highly beneficial in removing most pathogens on the surface of the kiwi. Gently rinse the fruit with water from the tap, allowing the chlorine in the water to kill bacteria on the kiwi. A gentle brushing with a fruit brush will help remove physical contaminants like soil, debris or insects.
Things You Will Need
- Plastic gloves
- Fruit brush
- If you are particularly worried about bacteria and germs, then the National Center for Biotechnology Information recommends peeling kiwis before consuming them. Most bacteria can't penetrate the outer layer of unbroken skin.