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User currently offlinemt99 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 6678 posts, RR: 6
Posted (1 year 8 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2285 times:
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I just rinsed with water the Honey Crisp Apple i am about to have.

I have always wondered if i should give it a better scrubbing? after all who know who touched it at market.

Any thoughts?


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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7719 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (1 year 8 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2283 times:

I give apples a thorough rinse and a wipe clean/dry afterwards. I think that should be enough really.

I mean seriously what's the alternative? I'm not keen on soaking my fruit in bleach, for example.



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User currently offlinecaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (1 year 8 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2282 times:

If you buy fruit in large quantities, it would be helpful to wash it, by putting it in a bowl of water with about 1/8 cup vinegar and a little baking soda (to create a dirt trapping foam) for a few minutes. If you do not have vinegar and baking soda you can opt for some type of detergent like what you use to wash the dishes. Just ensure you rinse well to remove the detergent. You don´t want to remedy a problem by causing another.

Among the reasons for washing your fruit is to get rid of pesticide residue, grease, and dirt. The first two are lipophilic substances (don´t have an affinity for water) and as such aren´t soluble in water. So washing with only water, though better that not washing at all, does not suffice. They do have an affinity for the vinegar (acetic acid).

P.S. use something that is not too abrasive to help when rinsing.

[Edited 2013-04-26 08:07:20]


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User currently offlinecomorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4903 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (1 year 8 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2226 times:

Quoting captaink (Reply 2):

But what about germs in the tropics? I just wash with water thinking that the skins of grapes naturally resist germs but summertime is when a lot of people get nasty food-borne infections.


User currently offlinefr8mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 5658 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (1 year 8 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2223 times:

Washing? Fruit?

Next you'll say I need to wash my vegetables.   

Seriously though, I may rinse fruit or vegetables under some cold water.

Root vegetables always get scrubbed.



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User currently offlinecaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (1 year 8 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2211 times:

Quoting comorin (Reply 3):
But what about germs in the tropics? I just wash with water thinking that the skins of grapes naturally resist germs but summertime is when a lot of people get nasty food-borne infections.

Water might wash germs that aren´t very adherent, and of course it depends on exactly what it´s adhered to. Nevertheless vinegar has excellent anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, so washing your fruit with a little vinegar and baking soda as I mentioned in my post takes care of most of your problems.

Quoting fr8mech (Reply 4):
Next you'll say I need to wash my vegetables.   

Seriously though, I may rinse fruit or vegetables under some cold water.

Root vegetables always get scrubbed.

Yes you should wash your vegetables in the same way. For roots, a little water and scrubbing should suffice since you are probably going to remove the peel. For things like carrots and potatoes, I wash them with my fruit. Tomatoes and other fruits we called vegetables should be treated like fruits for obvious reasons.

It´s a chore to do all this, but as we strive to be healthy these days, we must remember that our food is not grown as it was a couple generations ago. We cannot and should not walk in the grocery store and pick up a fruit and eat it. That is a very bad habit. It has been shown that very healthy people who eat lots of fruit and vegetables, when tested show great accumulation of certain pesticides (especially organophosphates), because of bad preparation techniques. I am more worried about those than I am about germs, which are more easily eliminated and to which our body has a certain resistance.

Pesticides and other chemicals used in agriculture are toxic, very persistant and bioaccumulate. This where the whole ORGANIC movement places its roots, on avoiding exposure to these compounds. The good thing is that since these agrochemicals aren´t generally very water soluble and as such don´t easily penetrate the peel of fruits and vegetables, a good washing technique can be used to mitigate their potential effects and spare one the cost of buying ORGANIC.

So unless you grow your fruit and vegetables, wash it well before consuming.

[Edited 2013-04-26 09:43:47]


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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27337 posts, RR: 60
Reply 6, posted (1 year 8 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2206 times:

Yes fruit and Veg washed. You never know who has been handling them. !

User currently offlineConfuscius From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 3879 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (1 year 8 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2195 times:

Quoting mt99 (Thread starter):
How Do Wash Your Fruit?

I polish my banana.



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User currently offlinemoose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2406 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (1 year 8 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2173 times:

Same way I clean the sensor on my DSLR...




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User currently offlineSmittyOne From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (1 year 8 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2166 times:

Quoting fr8mech (Reply 4):

Seriously though, I may rinse fruit or vegetables under some cold water.

My wife is MILITANT about cleaning produce but I am more of the 'buff the apple on the front of your shirt' type. Lately I've actually gone as far as to wash apples with dish soap like they were a dirty plate...but in my mind the only thing I fear is puking for hours due to some kind of foodborne illness. Pesticide is probably awful but I don't give much thought to it honestly.


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 62
Reply 10, posted (1 year 8 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2156 times:

Quoting captaink (Reply 5):
The good thing is that since these agrochemicals aren´t generally very water soluble and as such don´t easily penetrate the peel of fruits and vegetables, a good washing technique can be used to mitigate their potential effects and spare one the cost of buying ORGANIC.

I thought a big part of the organic movement was to also eliminate the chemicals which you can't wash off. A plant growing in soil contaminated with any chemical will absorb it into its leaves, branches, fruit, etc. I can't find it now, but I read something a while back that claimed that grapes are the most toxic fruit of all, since the rootstock has been sitting there soaking up chemicals season after season in old vineyards.



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User currently offlineAM744 From Mexico, joined Jun 2001, 1787 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 8 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2146 times:

Quoting mt99 (Thread starter):
I just rinsed with water the Honey Crisp Apple i am about to have.
Quoting comorin (Reply 3):

But what about germs in the tropics? I just wash with water thinking that the skins of grapes naturally resist germs but summertime is when a lot of people get nasty food-borne infections.
Quoting captaink (Reply 5):
So unless you grow your fruit and vegetables, wash it well before consuming.

Some sort of soap and or disinfectant should be involved at all times, water alone is not enough, it's soap which kills the germs. Although chemicals may be a concern, I'm more worried about biological stuff such as E.coli, worm larvae, etc. in a day to day basis.


User currently offlinecaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (1 year 8 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2135 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 10):
I thought a big part of the organic movement was to also eliminate the chemicals which you can't wash off. A plant growing in soil contaminated with any chemical will absorb it into its leaves, branches, fruit, etc. I can't find it now, but I read something a while back that claimed that grapes are the most toxic fruit of all, since the rootstock has been sitting there soaking up chemicals season after season in old vineyards.

That is also another main reason for buying ORGANIC. The thing is though, the current chemicals used form metabolites relatively and these metabolites well are study topics by themselves, but are usually less toxic than the "parent" compound. The problem of soil contamination and plant uptake is really complex though as it depends on the conditions in the soil, the type of chemical used and the type of plant. Sadly even organic fruits have trace amounts of pesticides from the soils previous exposure to pollutants. In both cases, it has been seen that the amount of pesticides in the plant system are are minimal and usually well below the concentration limit.

The bigger problem is a social/economic one. It is almost impossible to feed everyone with ORGANIC foods.

Properly cleaning your fruits attacks the potential problem of recent pesticide exposure to surface of the fruit and not so much the metabolites absorbed.

Don´t get me wrong, if you can buy Organic, do so, it is better. If it is not within your means to do so, buy local as you the benefit of higher vitamin and mineral content. If you can´t buy local well buy whatever option you have something is better than nothing at all. In all cases wash your fruit well.



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User currently offlinecaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (1 year 8 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2131 times:

Quoting AM744 (Reply 11):
Although chemicals may be a concern, I'm more worried about biological stuff such as E.coli, worm larvae, etc. in a day to day basis.

Chemicals should worry you more. LOL

But the use of vinegar and baking soda is better than soap and or disinfectant in my opinion as neither are edible. IMHO.

Vinegar (acetic acid) is anti bacterial and anti fungal so no need for synthetic disinfectant. Baking soda will help with the elimination of dirt. Wash it well and you don´t have funny taste that may be left behind by the soap residue.

Check the following link.

http://happyherbivore.com/2012/12/ho...-wash-veggies-baking-soda-vinegar/

But this whole thing about our health and environmental pollution is very complicated. It may not be very feasible to eat organic and return to the way our forefathers, at least not for everyone. But a simple thing like washing your stuff well before eating goes a long way.

[Edited 2013-04-26 12:02:01]


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User currently offlineDFWHeavy From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 560 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 8 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2122 times:

I don't wash mine.. People get so paranoid.. The human body is meant to fight off a lot of stuff. Everyone here would be just fine by not washing any of their fruits off. Just sayin...


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User currently offlinemt99 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 6678 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (1 year 8 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2121 times:
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Quoting DFWHeavy (Reply 14):
I don't wash mine.. People get so paranoid.. The human body is meant to fight off a lot of stuff. Everyone here would be just fine by not washing any of their fruits off. Just sayin...

Part of me agrees - but eating unwashed fruit is the same as licking the door handle at the supermarket..?



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User currently offlinefr8mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 5658 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (1 year 8 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2121 times:

Quoting SmittyOne (Reply 9):
My wife is MILITANT about cleaning produce but I am more of the 'buff the apple on the front of your shirt' type.

I just buffed a nice Gala Apple on my shirt and chomped away.

I am really not that concerned about it.



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User currently offlinecaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (1 year 8 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2116 times:

Quoting DFWHeavy (Reply 14):

I don't wash mine.. People get so paranoid.. The human body is meant to fight off a lot of stuff. Everyone here would be just fine by not washing any of their fruits off. Just sayin...

It is not about being paranoid, it is about using common sense. The human body is built to fight off a lot of stuff, and we are exposed to a lot of it daily. But how difficult is it to wash something whose origins you do not know? Maybe you have great resistans to bacterial infections but resistance to the chemicals we mention is not something we develop. We either consume sufficient antioxidants to take care of the free radicals from these chemicals they simply get stored in adipose tissue and becomes a problem later in life.

If you eat healthily you can be assured that you would be consuming sufficient antioxidants to neutralize many of the free radicals we are exposed to. SInce many of the best antioxidants come from fruits and vegetables, having them be clean is not the most terrible idea.

If none of that bothers you and you are living a care free life, come what may. Well do as you please. Hey some people don´t think it is necessary to bathe or wash their hands. That is there problem. Maybe they remain healthy, maybe they don´t. There was a woman who said AIDS was a figment of our imagination. It didn´t go well for her in the end. We are free to do as we please I guess.

[Edited 2013-04-26 12:15:11]


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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 62
Reply 18, posted (1 year 8 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2000 times:

Quoting captaink (Reply 2):
putting it in a bowl of water with about 1/8 cup vinegar and a little baking soda (to create a dirt trapping foam) for a few minutes.

Okay, so last night I took 4 Fuji apples sitting in a bag in the fridge and put them in a stockpot as instructed. The solution didn't create any foam, and the apples kind of just bobbed there, so I swished 'em around a few times, then dried them with a clean towel after rinsing.

I just ate one this morning—it tasted normal, but the skin felt a bit different, sort of like some of the wax coating may have come off.



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User currently offlineiMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6343 posts, RR: 33
Reply 19, posted (1 year 8 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1984 times:

Wash fruit? Why? I have a very strong immune system and don't walk around worrying about all the little things that might harm me.


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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7719 posts, RR: 21
Reply 20, posted (1 year 8 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1973 times:

Quoting Confuscius (Reply 7):

I polish my banana.

THIS caused me to collapse with laughter....



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User currently offlinecaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (1 year 8 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1958 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 18):
I just ate one this morning—it tasted normal, but the skin felt a bit different, sort of like some of the wax coating may have come off.

Your good to go. The solution might not foam, as that would depend on your water. Thats not really a problem though. And to avoid any weird taste, just rinse well. But yeh.. You did it perfectly..



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User currently offlinearmitageshanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3645 posts, RR: 15
Reply 22, posted (1 year 8 months 8 hours ago) and read 1852 times:

The only thing I wash is lettuce. Probably shouldn't even wash that, really.

User currently offlinefr8mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 5658 posts, RR: 15
Reply 23, posted (1 year 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1814 times:

Quoting armitageshanks (Reply 22):
The only thing I wash is lettuce. Probably shouldn't even wash that, really.

I peel off the first couple of layers and slice it up. Though, I really don't eat too much lettuce. I prefer spinach and/or arugala to add the bulk to my salads. Somewhere I read that lettuce was the most nutritionally bankrupt vegetable out there.



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User currently offlinecaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (1 year 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1789 times:

Quoting fr8mech (Reply 23):
Somewhere I read that lettuce was the most nutritionally bankrupt vegetable out there.

There are many different kinds of lettuce, all with different nutritional profiles. If you want nutritionally denser lettuce, try Romaine.



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25 stealthz : Thinking about this .. with no scientific basis at all except common sense.. Been growing in old vineyards for generations.. how toxic were they to s
26 AeroWesty : From the way I understood it, it isn't immediately linear, because the soil and the plants act somewhat like sponges. You can drip water onto a spong
27 Post contains images carmenlu15 : Most of the time, I use just water... though reading the replies here, I may have to step up my fruit cleaning method
28 captaink : Very correct.. You made me remember another factor. These days we thankfully use less toxic chemicals (compounds with much shorter lives too) than we
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