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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Wash Your Fruit

Pesticides on fruit and veg don't just sit on the surface of the skin, they soak into the flesh and are absorbed into the leaves and stems. Peeling or washing your produce will only remove a percentage of the pesticides but you should still do it. And here is why.

Glass on the right is vinegar mix before washing, Glass on the left is vinegar mix AFTER washing

I use a vinegar fruit wash to clean my produce, it helps reduce mould growth (great for berries), kills any surface bacteria and helps to break down the waxes and pesticides on commercially grown fruit. 

My recipe is

1 part vinegar
4 parts water
1 tiny squidge of eco grade diswashing liquid - less than a drop. This breaks the surface tension and acts as a wetting agent.

Submerge your fruit in this mix for 3 minutes before rinsing off.

Clean fruit!
You can also make a 50/50 mix to put in a spray bottle for bigger fruit that won't handle soaking even for short periods.

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