Wash All Your Fruit: Kitchen Tip

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You wash fruit before eating it, right?  Fruits like apples, grapes, berries, peaches, and pears.  But what about fruit that does not have an edible outside?  Fruits like pineapple, oranges, and melons.

You might think, “Why do I need to wash the outside when I don’t eat it?”  But consider how you prepare that fruit for eating.  You put your hands on it and cut into it.  Things like germs and pesticides that are on the outside of the fruit can transfer to your hands and knife which then touch the part of the fruit you eat.

watermelonWashing the fruit before you cut it can help cut down spreading those undesirable germs and pesticides.

Do you wash all your fruit?

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Linda has been gluten free since 2000 when I was diagnosed with celiac disease which propelled me into the world of gluten-free cooking and baking. I am convinced that gluten-free food can and should be delicious, and I never apologize for serving it.
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  1. Great point, Linda! I vigorously clean oranges and most other fruit, but have never washed a watermelon. Will need to change that–thanks!


  2. great post! so true, wash wash wash — if the pesticides don’t scare you, think about the amount of hands that have picked it up and put it down at the grocery store!! yikes!

  3. I’ve been washing fruits and veggies for sometime now. Sometimes it’s just because I don’t know what might have touched it before it got to the store (maybe the truck bed or the barn floor?) and sometimes it’s because I don’t know where it was after it got to the store. Sometimes the melons are displayed on the floor!

  4. I started washing them a few months ago, after a friend with the celiac said that her son was still getting sick and discovered it was the unwashed f & v that had gluten on them. I was told to put 1tsp of white vinegar with 1 gallon water to clean them or I have also used Sunrider – Sunsmile Fruit and Vegetable Rinse. 1 bottle lasts more than a year.

  5. Thank you! Your post helps me feel like less of a freak! Plus, I have a doctor friend who turned me on to produce wash products. He said, “Just remember that field workers take their bathroom breaks in the fields.” Now I wash EVERYTHING.

  6. Dianne Shaw says:

    Have washed outside of all f & v for years. One of my college professors said the same thing about bathroom breaks and people with dirty hands who pick or pick over those things. Lemons, avocados, watermelon, cantaloupe ( rough skinned are the worst), triple washed bagged f&v, etc. all get washed. Cutting slides the germs right onto the edible inside. Bagged f & v has been shown to harbor germs–put in collendar and wash under running water. I will never eat another potato ( any root vegetable) or apple, strawberry, grape (any of the dirty dozen) that is not organic. These foods are sprayed with fungicides and pesticides from the moment they’re planted. You cannot wash or peel the f or v to make it safe–the pesticides and fungicides are systemic.

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