Wash All Your Fruit: Kitchen Tip

Kitchen Tip Button

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?

If you would like me to link to a kitchen tip on your blog, or if you have a tip you would like to share here, fill out my Kitchen Tip Form.

View Other Kitchen Tips

Photo Credit

This post may contain affiliate links. See my disclosure policy for more information.


  1. says

    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!

  2. Vicky says

    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.

  3. says

    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.

  4. 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.

If you have a question about a recipe (especially substitutions and nutritional information), please read my FAQ page before asking the question in a comment.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>