Hot Fruit How-Tos

How To: Cut open a coconut

In this tutorial, we learn how to cut open a coconut. Coconuts in nature look different than they do when you buy them at the grocery store. They come in green, orange, and yellow. The white ones you see are shaved off before you buy them at the store. To open up a coconut, you are going to need a machete, which is a very large knife. Make sure the knife is sharpened, then hold the coconut on the handle and slice it at an angle using the machete. Use force when cutting so the coconut comes op...

How To: Recognize when a papaya is ripe

Papaya's are a tropical fruit that is very healthy and a little sweet. But knowing when it's ripe is the true challenge. It boils down to a few factors that include color, smell and other visual cues. In this video you will get tips on what to look for as well as alternatives to getting your papaya to ripen.

How To: Make simple and quick frozen grape snacks

Grapes as dessert? After watching this food video you'll think twice about these juicy purple orbs. While we think popping some grapes into our mouths is delicious enough as it is, this recipe combines grapey goodness with icy coldness for a delicious, almost popsicle like snack.

How To: Slice a ripe peach with a forward cut

Generally if you can get your knife through a peach and produce smaller, more bite-sized chunks, that's good enough. We're not all too picky about how beautiful our peach slices look when we're scarfing one down post workout, but sometimes it's important to give a good presentation.

How To: Pick the right watermelon

One of the truest art forms in grocery shopping and produce picking is getting the perfect watermelon. Not everyone knows how to do it properly, and some just do it without realizing what they are actually checking for. In this great video you will learn the techniques and the signs of what makes a great watermelon. But even with all that, as he says in the video, it's still 10% luck.

How To: Peel and eat a cactus pear

The cactus pear, or better in known in some grocery stores as the prickly pear, is an underrated fruit, mostly because of the spines that you have to deal with. In this video you will learn about the different types of prickly pears, and the best method to peeling and consuming your pear. Be prepared to get a few pricks in the process!

How To: Wrap and store melons for long-lasting fresh fruit snacks

What's the best way to make sure your fruits, specifically melons, are staying fresh and tasty? Wrapping and storing your melons properly is the key to freshness. YouProduceGuy has the tips you need to make sure you wrap your melons perfectly for long-lasting fruit delight, so you can have it ready for a quick healthy snack from the fridge, or even have on display before you cut into them for a party.

How To: Determine whether watermelons are ripe or not ripe

One of the hardest fruits to determine the freshness of is the watermelon. It's the biggest question in the produce department of grocery stores, so you're not the only one having problems. This video from YourProduceGuy gives you the tips to finding out what to do when picking out a fresh and perfectly ripe watermelon and the local store. There's a sweet spot for every fruit.

How To: Carve a mango creatively

In this video, we learn how to carve a mango creatively. First, cut small circle in the middle of the side on the mango. Next, cut out circles around the middle to make a cute flower shape! Make sure you take the middle peel out so you can see the yellow of the mango show through. Carve in leaves on the side where the petals are. Continue to carve a smaller line to make the image look shadowed. Use your own talents to make this all your own and be as creative as you'd like to be. When finishe...

How To: Open a fresh young coconut

In this tutorial, we learn how to open a fresh young coconut. First, you want to grab a sharp and large knife, then go around the coconut cutting the husk off. After you have done this, you should be down to the nut of the coconut. Some areas of the husk will be thicker than the others. Next, use the corner of the knife to knock the top corner of the coconut. After this, take the knife and stick it into the hole that you made. Wedge it in there slowly, then turn the knife towards you and cut ...

How To: Prepare a mango

Skinny and Mini teach us how to prepare a mango in this tutorial. The correct way to cut this is to hold it up and cut down in the mango, avoiding the seed. Next, turn it around and do the same thing to the second side. You can still eat the other sides of the mango, just cut the middle seed out. Next, cut the mango into squares while it's still in it's skin, then pop the mango up and you can eat it straight out of the skin. You can also use a knife after this to cut the pieces out and use in...

How To: Dice mango fruit with the best dicing technique

Love mangos, but never got around to eating fresh ones? Are you addicted to mango juice and mango yogurt? Well, nothing beats the fresh test of a real, freshly cut mango, so you have to go out and get some, but before you do, you're going to need to know the proper way to slice and dice these fruity beasts.

How To: Carve a watermelon into a party centerpiece

What's the perfect party platter for summer? Watermelon. But you have to present this party centerpiece in a beautiful manner to impress your guests, and this video will show you how to turn a simple watermelon into a stunning centerpiece with just one simple but sharp paring knife. It's amazing what you can do with a few twists and turns and a little patience. Great for a party or a special night at home. Carve a watermelon into a party centerpiece.

How To: Turn an apple in a bunny shape

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a bunny shape out of an apple. First, grab your apply and cut it in half using a sharp knife. Next, cut a quarter out of one half of the apply. Now, take that cut quarter and cut out the very middle of it. Next, make a v-shaped cut on the outside of that same quarter. Next, cut another quarter out of that same half and make the same cuts as the one before. Cut two more quarters out of the remaining apple and remove the skins. Place the apples in an ice b...

How To: Carve a papaya in a flower design

In this video, we learn how to carve a papaya flower design. To start, you will want to take a sharp object and outline the drawing you want to make. Carve this onto the papaya, then remove the skin as you are making different shapes. If you want to do a large flower design, carve layers into the papaya to make the flower look more realistic. Take time to carve the different petals, stems, and other details. This is a fun way to make something beautiful with your food, and can double as a cen...

How To: Crack open a resilient coconut

Coconuts are delicious, but such a pain to break open… why is that? Though that mystery may never be solved, the mystery of cracking open a coconut can be. This video teaches you just how to crack open a coconut. He does struggle through his attempt, showing you that it is a very hard task, but gives you a very successful alternative to opening it when all else fails.

How To: Cut and serve a dragon fruit (also known as pitahaya)

Interested in cutting up a dragon fruit? With the proper technique, it's easier than you'd think. So easy, in fact, that this free video cooking lesson can present a complete overview of the process in about two minutes. For more information, including the full recipe, and to get cutting up your own pitahayas, watch this video guide.

How To: Open a coconut with a sharp stick in the ground

In this video, we learn how to open a coconut with a sharp stick in the ground. You will want to start off by pushing the coconut into the stick, breaking apart the outer shell until you get to the middle. Depending on how experienced you are, this can take just a few minutes or it can take a while. Be careful not to push your hand into the sharp stick, as you can severely injure yourself. When the coconut comes out of the shell, you can clean it off and use it for food, or use the shells as ...

How To: Slow down banana ripening

You buys bananas, but you never seem to eat them because by the time you get your banana craving, they've morphed into soft gooey black apparatus of evil. If you're bananas are blackening quicker than you can scarf them down, next time, slow down the ripening process by separating them instead of leaving them in a bunch. Fresh!

How To: Peel an orange in a nutritious way with Jenny Jones

In this clip, learn how to peel an orange in the healthiest way possible. This way is easier for people with muscle problems because you use a knife, keeps you hands cleaner and retains part of the rind so you stay even healthier and get even more vitamins and minerals. Follow talk show host Jenny Jones as she demonstrates a fast, delicious and efficient way to enjoy more citrus.

How To: Open a durian (fruit)

Need to know how to open a durian? It's easy! So easy, in fact, that this free video tutorial can present a detailed, step-by-step overview of the peeling process in under a minute. For more information, and to get started opening durians yourself, take a look!

How To: Select a ripe avocado at the grocery store

Need some help figuring out how to pick the perfect avocado? Learn how with this green grocer's guide. As you might expect, once you know what to look, feel and smell for, the process of selecting ripe avocados is a simple one. So simple, in fact, that this clip clocks in at just 26 seconds. For more information on how to tell when an avocado is ready to be eaten on the day of purchase, take a look.

How To: Make a orange, strawberry, banana, and lime smoothie

There are a lot of different fruit smoothie recipes out there. This particularly delicious-looking recipe includes the traditional smoothie fruits strawberries, bananas, and oranges, with a bit of lime and salt to give it a bit of a kick that many of the other recipes out there lack. Cool yourself off and get healthy at the same time with this delicious recipe.

How To: Make the Japanese dessert fruit cream anmitsu

Fruit cream anmitsu is a delicious Japanese dessert foreign to most Western tongues. In this video, you will earn how to make it at home from scratch. Make sure there is an Asian grocery store near your house, as it requires a number of ingredients not stocked in most Western supermarkets.

How To: Make a decorative edible rose for Valentine's Day

Not sure what to get your sweetie on Valentine's Day? Everybody loves food! Although they may wait to eat their present AFTER the date in order to stay fitted into their dress or pant, an edible gift might be the way to go this year! In this video presented by the "Original Naked Chef", learn how to make a decorative edible rose for Valentine's Day. Give a gift your loved one's taste buds will enjoy!

How To: Make raw strawberry pie

Raw foodists believe that to get all the nutritional value out of food, you cannot cook the food. Cooking the food, they believe, eliminates many of the necessary nutrients for our survival and development. In this video tutorial, Jonsi of Sigur Ros and his boyfriend, Alex, shows you how to make a raw strawberry pie, from all raw ingredients. You'll need lots of nuts, lots of strawberries, and a blender.