Do you wash and peel your fruits before consumption?
- Chemicalkinetics Jul 16, 2010 08:23 PM
So when do you usually wash the soft skin fruits which you are going to peel and eat?
For example, when you decide to peel an apple, do you wash it first? Other examples such as pears, peach, kiwi..
Some people feel "wash and then peel" is redundant. Other believe fruit skin needed to be cleaned before peeling. Otherwise, dirt on the skin will get on the peeled fruits. What about you?
This is not about hard skin fruits like orange and banana. In addition, I am not asking if you wash and eat (with skin on). I often eat an apple with skin on, but this is not the question here. The question is really about combination of wash and peel. Thanks.
Probably a safe bet to wash and peel no matter how redundant you might think it is. Whatever might be on that unpeeled skin will definitely end up on the peeled part.
I used to think eating a few berries out of the box without washing was OK until I talked to a berry farmer and he said "don't".
:) I will tell you a story. I were at a street market and saw a box of mangoes dropped as it was unloaded from a truck. The mangoes were half submerged in a small pool of street water. The workers picked up the mangoes one by one and put them in the box.
Ha ha ha.
Now it is possible that they went back and wash the mangoes or maybe they were sold as they are. I don't know.
I will say that I currently wash and peel, but I have a feeling that I will go back to my old way in a month or so.
I concur with monku, Wash THEN peel. My mother was a nurse and big into the logic of cross contamination.
Fruits should be washed not only to get rid of dirt, but because there's a possibility of micro-organisms like bacteria. On fruit that hasn't been bruised or damaged, the skin keeps the flesh "clean" until you cut/peel it. You'll notice on TV, surgeons only "swab" the area of skin they are about to cut. That's because cutting through the skin is how the contaminants get from the skin surface into flesh.
I do carelessly pop the occasionally berry into my mouth without washing. But I figure if I'm going to go to the trouble of peeling something, I may as well make sure as I can the contaminants stay off, hence washing first.
BTW, the FDA website says wash it first.
I wash fruit before peeling and cutting, because that way I can catch the juices in a bowl without concern I'm getting who knows what along with them. I've also worked in a grocery and seen what sometimes happens on the loading dock, in the walk in, etc. I will say, though, that most employees really were conscientious, at least where I worked. But, you just never know where that fruit or veg has been.
when you've seen squirrels walk over your fruit trees, and birds pooping too you might want to wash mangoes, apples, pears, oranges etc before you peel or eat, even if you've grown them yourself.