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Feb 12, 2011 07:56 PM

Do you peel?

Apples - No, except for Red Delicious

Kiwi - Yes.

Carrots - No.

Celery - No.

Potato - No.

Eggplant - No.

Ginger - No.

Plum - No.

Grapes - No, except for Concord and Emperor

Sapote - No.

Apricot - No.

Pear - No.

Nectarines - No.

Peaches - Yes.


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  1. Peeled:
    Bitter gourd

    Everything else.

    You peel peaches??

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    1. re: meatnveg

      You peel peaches??

      Yes, I don't like the fuzz.

      I left out obvious things (like pineapple and bananas) because, well, they 'are obvious. No one eats pineapple skin do they?

      1. re: ipsedixit

        If someone does, I'd like to see it....and get the name of their dentist...maybe buy stocks in the company the dentist purchases supplies from :)

    2. Why would you buy red delicious apples, let alone peel them? They bred all the flavor out of them. The only reason I can see to peel an apple is for pie or cooking and can see no reason to use a red delicious for that even if they did taste good like they used to.

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      1. re: John E.

        The best flavor in a Red Delicious apple is in the peel and it's really good. The flesh tends to be too mealy.

        1. re: scubadoo97

          The skin on red delicious apples is mother nature's dental floss.

          1. re: Veggo

            I thought they were nature's razor blade?

        2. re: John E.

          Who said I buy Red Delicious?

          Y'know the saying, right? Sometimes life gives you chicken shit, so you make chicken soup.

        3. Recently I've been enjoying the cleaner flavor of peeled carrots.
          Additonally, the meat of fatter asparagus seems to provide more flavor when peeled than thinner asparagus unpeeled.
          Chinese broccoli peeled is texturally more pleasing to me. Thai broccoli, like the thin asparagus, is too thin to peel.
          My $.02

          1. I don't peel tomatoes, mangoes, or grapes . For years I ate fuyu persimmons without peeling them but I've found that sans skin is definitely the better option.

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            1. re: Cheese Boy

              You eat mango skins?

              You 'da man, or 'da boy.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                Love mango skins. Red, green, any color, just not mushy. I like my mango skins the same way I like my women -- they have got to be kinda firm.

            2. to everything? It depends on how I'm going to use it (except kiwi -- does anybody eat the skin?)

              Vegetables go into stock unpeeled. For purees, steamed on the plate, and things? Peeled.

              Same with just depends on what it's going into and the desired aesthetics thereof.

              Fat asparagus and ALL white asparagus has to be peeled. It's like eating hay, otherwise.

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              1. re: sunshine842

                The kiwi also caught my eye. I'm going to the market later today and am tempted to pick some up and try it with the skin on.

                If I'm cooking for myself, I try to eat the skin since that's where a lot of the nutrients are. If presentation is a factor, of course the skin comes off.

                1. re: sunshine842

                  Well, I tried the kiwi, and I didn't spit it out like I expected. I may actually start having them with the skin on. It does leave a strong aftertaste, but that seems acceptable when not having to peel the thing.

                  1. re: ediblover

                    Lots of people eat kiwi skins. It's supposed to have all the fiber and vitamins.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      Eating kiwi skins? My mother used to tell a story about the first time my dad ate an artichoke. He said, "this is like eating cat hair". My mother said "you're not supposed to eat that part, that's the choke"! My dad said, "I'm choking all right".

                      1. re: John E.

                        Well, if you read down on this thread, lots of people eat kiwi skins.

                        I don't but it doesn't necessarily meant it's not common or incorrect.

                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          I was attempting humor but I am sure it is not common, at least in the U.S. As far as correctness is concerned, where food is concerned, I'm not sure there is an 'incorrect' way. Everybody can do as they wish, even putting cheese on seafood if they like it that way.

                  2. re: sunshine842

                    "(except kiwi -- does anybody eat the skin?)"

                    Hardy kiwis? Yes, we eat the skin because hardy kiwis skins are thin, aren't fuzzy and they're the size of a cherry tomato.

                    1. re: morwen

                      I don't think I've ever seen a hardy kiwi. I just googled it; very interesting. I want to try one now.