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Do You Wash Bananas, Citrus Fruits, any fruit with a peel or rind?

  • I wash all my fruit, regardless of what kind it is

    Votes: 7 12.5%
  • I don't bother to wash bananas or citrus fruits

    Votes: 36 64.3%
  • Yes, We Have No Bananas, We have No Bananas Today...

    Votes: 1 1.8%
  • Orange you glad I made this a short poll?

    Votes: 3 5.4%
  • What a crazy woman, for this you made a poll?

    Votes: 9 16.1%
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I was taught by my mother to wash all produce that came into the house, regardless of what it is. I bought some bananas this week, and while washing them, I wondered if I really needed to wash bananas, since I don't eat the peel. I also wondered if I really needed to wash citrus fruits: Oranges, tangerines and grapefruits, since I peel those fruits as well.<br><br>
Also, I remember being in a Whole Foods a few years ago staring at a big pile of tangerines. The employee stacking the tangerines grabbed one, tore it in half, and gave each half to me and another customer. I hesitated for a minute because it hadn't been washed, then realized I wasn't going to eat the peel anyway, so I ate it, and ended up buying two pounds of tangerines, it was so good. Nothing awful happened to me. I didn't get sick or sprout another head. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"> But I still washed the tangerines I bought when I got them home. I'm just used to washing everything.<br><br>
So I was wondering who else washes bananas, citrus fruits, pineapples, kiwis, any fruit where the peel or rind doesn't get eaten. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thinking.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":think:"> And who doesn't bother?
 

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No, I do not wash them. XD
 

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I usually just rinse, hold under running water and scrub with my hands for a few moments until I'm happy with it. I don't do that to citrus, bananas and related, pineapples.. that's all I can think of at the moment. Sometimes I eat kiwi, mango, and papaya skins, so I do rinse them. Pretty much safe to say I rinse most things, but sometimes I forget, don't feel like it or I just really want some cherries right then.<br><br>
Sam goes for vegetables.
 

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I voted that you are a crazy woman. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br>
I've never heard of washing bananas or citrus fruits. Since you don't eat the peel anyways it just doesn't make sense to me.
 

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Absolutely. After you touch the skin of the produce, matter from the skin of produce gets transferred to your hand. This matter includes pesticides, and matter that contains the life forms that parasites use to transmit communicable diseases. For example the produce will have pieces of human skin on it, possibly pus from skin infections. It will have human oral saliva, nasal and vaginal mucus, urine that could be infectious, and fecal matter - and glob knows what else that they have touched, or gotten on their hands from touching someone else who touched it - from every human that has handled the produce from cultivation through shipping and marketing, and during the time it remained on display. This human matter is likely to have communicable parasites. Also insects, snails, and slugs, and birds, may have left feces on the produce, or left infectious matter on it by touching it with a foot, crawling over it, or pecking at it.<br><br>
Then, when you touch the edible part of the produce, matter on your hand from the peel, gets transferred to the edible part. Also, if you use a paring knife or vegetable peeler, as the blade goes through the skin, in pushes material from the skin, onto the edible part underneath.<br><br>
When washing produce, one should be sure to rinse one's hands throroughly, after you finish scrubbing the produce. Produce that is too delicate to be scrubbed should be soaked in warm water for about 5 minutes, to give dried-on material time to loosen. For every quart of water, you may want to add a drop or 2 of bleach. Then the bowl should be emptied of water, and the produce rinsed again, in plain water - in at least 3 more bowls of water - or under running water.<br><br>
By the way, the yellow marks you see on lettuce are from slugs crawling on it and munching on it. They leave behind substances that are absorbed into the lettuce and that you can taste. You will see it on the ribs of romaine lettuce, on the outside of the leaf. This part of the lettuce should be cut away and discarded.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Absolutely. After you touch the skin of the produce, matter from the skin of produce gets transferred to your hand. This matter includes pesticides, and matter that contains the life forms that parasites use to transmit communicable diseases. For example the produce will have pieces of human skin on it, possibly pus from skin infections. It will have human oral saliva, nasal and vaginal mucus, urine that could be infectious, and fecal matter - and glob knows what else that they have touched, or gotten on their hands from touching someone else who touched it - from every human that has handled the produce from cultivation through shipping and marketing, and during the time it remained on display. This human matter is likely to have communicable parasites. Also insects, snails, and slugs, and birds, may have left feces on the produce, or left infectious matter on it by touching it with a foot, crawling over it, or pecking at it.<br><br>
Then, when you touch the edible part of the produce, matter on your hand from the peel, gets transferred to the edible part. Also, if you use a paring knife or vegetable peeler, as the blade goes through the skin, in pushes material from the skin, onto the edible part underneath.<br><br>
When washing produce, one should be sure to rinse one's hands throroughly, after you finish scrubbing the produce. Produce that is too delicate to be scrubbed should be soaked in warm water for about 5 minutes, to give dried-on material time to loosen. For every quart of water, you may want to add a drop or 2 of bleach. Then the bowl should be emptied of water, and the produce rinsed again, in plain water - in at least 3 more bowls of water - or under running water.<br><br>
By the way, the yellow marks you see on lettuce are from slugs crawling on it and munching on it. They leave behind substances that are absorbed into the lettuce and that you can taste. You will see it on the ribs of romaine lettuce, on the outside of the leaf. This part of the lettuce should be cut away and discarded</div>
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<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"><br>
I'll try to follow that... but BLEACH?! really?! is that really necessary?! woah...<br><br>
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btw I Voted no <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"> Second option
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>RabbitLuvr</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2847682"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
This.<br><br>
I am actually MUCH more particular about washing fruit/veg that will be consumed by my rabbits than I am about the fruit I will eat myself.</div>
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Same here. I make sure everything I give them is washed, but I don't care as much as with myself.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>RabbitLuvr</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2847682"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
This.<br><br>
I am actually MUCH more particular about washing fruit/veg that will be consumed by my rabbits than I am about the fruit I will eat myself.</div>
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<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:"> , except in my case, it's the parrots for whom I take special pains.
 

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If I can avoid touching the part I'm going to eat, then I often don't wash them. Never washed a banana. I'll run an avacado under hot tap water. I recently washed some tomatoes with coconut oil soap, because the cops were chasing me and the grocery bag spilled over and the tomatoes were rolling all over the back of my station wagon and I throw curbside finds in the back of the wagon all the time so I figure it's a filthy place for food to be touching (ok, the cops were not chasing me, but I was practicing, for the next time they actually do chase me)
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Empty_Shell</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2847787"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
(ok, the cops were not chasing me, but I was practicing, for the next time they actually do chase me)</div>
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How often do you get chased by the cops? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/inquisitive.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":stinkeye:">
 

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I don't "wash" bananas, but I do let the bunch sit under running, cold water for a minute or two. Someone once told me that it washes the fruit fly eggs off the peal and I hate having a house full of fruit flies.<br><br>
Otherwise I'm pretty lax on washing produce. A quick rinse will do for me.
 

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nope not really.....but I know that I have washed lemons and oranges before I zest them and use in recipes.....but never banas, oranges, ect....<br><br>
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I voted that you are a crazy woman. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br>
I've never heard of washing bananas or citrus fruits. Since you don't eat the peel anyways it just doesn't make sense to me.</div>
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IHCA "but I know that I have washed lemons and oranges before I zest them and use in recipes.....but never banas, oranges, ect...."<br><br>
Unless you get organically grown citrus, you are dealing with fruit peels that contain at least one fungicide, maybe more, and contains artifiicial coloring, and other substances. The fungicides and coloring are impossible to remove by washing. The peel appears to be deeply impregnated with these materials. They just don't come off.
 

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Ever since the time a bunch of people got E. coli from melon I usually do a quick rinse. The E. coli was on the skin of the melon from the workers who were living in unsanitary conditions (having to go to the bathroom outside with no way to wash their hands afterwards). When the melon was cut, the knife pulled the bacteria into the fruit.<br><br>
I don't do it every time, but most of the time. Although for some reason I usually don't wash lettuce, just pull off the outer leaves.
 

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I really never wash any fruit, whether it's gonna be peeled or not. I'll occasionally wash leafy greens, and potatoes, I guess... if I think there might be sand or grit, but that's about it.<br><br>
And I'm still alive.
 
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