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#1 Old 05-03-2008, 07:15 PM
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I am new to the forum, and also raw foods. I have a question.

I know that the wax on the outside of a cucumber is supposedly safe, but is it raw food healthy? In other words, is to best to peel it before placing it into the Vitamix?

Thanks in advance for your input.
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#2 Old 05-04-2008, 12:34 AM
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If it helps any, the wax is just there to make the cucumber shiny. The wax itself is most likely not raw, but I am not sure how you would get it off.
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#3 Old 05-04-2008, 05:17 AM
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Originally Posted by froggythefrog View Post

If it helps any, the wax is just there to make the cucumber shiny. The wax itself is most likely not raw, but I am not sure how you would get it off.

I think it also helps the cucumber retain some level of moisture during shipping.
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#4 Old 05-19-2008, 02:58 PM
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I heard that in most fruits and veggies, the skin is where they keep most of the nutrients, so if you take the skin off I think it's safe to assume that you're losing some nutrients too. If wax grosses you out too much, or oppose it for some other reason, then i guess you can peel it. I wonder if warming it only slightly might allow you to rub some of it off.
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#5 Old 05-19-2008, 06:32 PM
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Thanks all for your insights! Appreciate it much. Rather than use regular waxy cucumbers, I've been moving towards English cucumbers that don't have the wax but are instead covered with plastic. Not needing to peel and not needing to eat the wax if I don't have to saves time for me as I can throw everything into the Vita-mix. My cucumber soups with the English cucumbers have been yummy! Thanks again.
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#6 Old 05-19-2008, 08:18 PM
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A quick tip for those who do use the regular cucumbers: put them in warm water, then rub them with a dishtowel. The folks at the co-op do this, and it works really well. Kinda interesting how dirty the dish towel gets, too!
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#7 Old 05-19-2008, 09:45 PM
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How about organic cucumbers that aren't covered in wax? I'm pretty sure not every cucumber has a coating on it.

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