Japan Today
Image: A peach before cutting. Image for illustration purposes
food

Cut a peach with a rubber band? Former Japanese pro wrestler introduces a surprising lifehack

5 Comments
By grape Japan

Peaches are in season in summer. In Japan, you'll find shops selling everything from cakes and frozen drinks to ice cream featuring peaches at this time of year.

Since Japan is famous for the high quality of its fruits, it's only natural that Japanese people are inclined to also buy peaches in their natural state, both for themselves and to offer as gifts.

However, for those who love peaches, there's one aspect to eating them that can be a bit of a bother, and that's cutting them.

You may have heard of the method of simply making a cut all the way around the pit and twisting apart the halves in opposite directions, but this isn't a foolproof method. Depending on the ripeness or the quality of your fruit, it may not separate cleanly and you're left with a chunk of peach flesh stuck to the pit.

TV personality and former professional wrestler Akira Hokuto says that she hates cutting and peeling peaches the most among all fruits. She tried various ways of cutting them but finally came up with her own which she thinks works best.

On her YouTube channel, she introduces a surprising lifehack that only requires one additional item which you probably have in your home: a rubber band!

Watch the video here.

First, find the peach's natural indentation. Depending on the type of peach you have, the indentation may or may not be easy to find. Make a deep cut circling around the pit. Next, make two more cuts along the diameter of the peach to create evenly shaped eighths.

Now, this is where the rubber band comes in. Be sure to wash the rubber band well beforehand.

Insert the rubber band into one of the cuts and pull it tightly from the other side, moving it around. Twist the halves in opposite directions and they should come cleanly apart.

Next, repeat the same process with the two halves, inserting the rubber band in the cuts and pulling tightly from the other side, moving it around so as to dislodge any parts of the fruit that may still be clinging to the pit. Twist the halves (of those two halves) in opposite directions as you did in the first step.

You should end up with eight pieces.

Hokuto calls this "Rubik's Cube cutting."

Once the peach is neatly cut into eighths, peeling the skins of the individual pieces is a cinch!

This surprising lifehack elicited numerous comments, such as:

"I didn't know it could be cut so cleanly...! I'm going to try it right away."

"I had never thought of that. What a cool trick!"

"I tried it and was surprised at how easy it is!"

All you need is a kitchen knife and a rubber band, so why don't you try it the next time you want to enjoy a fresh peach?

Read more stories from grape Japan.

-- Try this time-saving lifehack for cooking and peeling corn on the cob

-- Popular Japanese curry house uses high quality food samples in genius marketing tactic

-- Eat your bento and your bento box too with these next-level onigiri rice balls

© grape Japan

©2024 GPlusMedia Inc.

5 Comments
Login to comment

Or, you could just peel and cut it with a knife in half the time.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

I am lost, I can't see the advantage of the rubber band. The same cuts could be done with the knife more easily and faster and you could push the pit to slightly separate it the same. If anything it would be like cutting an over-ripe avocado, not a specially difficult task at all.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Living in England, I wouldn't bother to peel it. I'd usually eat the skin. But if you want to cut up the peach and peel it, using a rubber band seems crazy to me. A fruit knife works better.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Or just bite right into it,squirting juice hither and thither,and enjoying the pure hedonistic joy of unrestrained pleasure.

Oh,never mind.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

I always eat the skin too. I bite into the peach while it's whole and revel in the sweet juice dripping from my chin.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites