peeler (vegetable scraper) is a kitchen tool consisting of a slotted metal blade attached to a handle that is used to remove the outer layer, informally dubbed the "skin", of certain vegetables, often broccoli stalks, carrot roots, and potatoes, and sometimes fruits such as apples, pears, etc. A paring knife may also be used to peel vegetables. A peeler differs from a knife in that the blade has a slot cut into it, which is sharpened on the inside edge, while the other side prevents the blade from cutting too far into the vegetable.