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Fruit & Veg - To wash or not to wash

For many people the thought of washing their produce when they get home from the supermarket has never even really crossed their minds. However, a quick rinse under the tap before you eat that fruit is fairly common, yet totally ineffective.

Take the trusty Apple... you know that one a day is supposed to keep the Doctor away. Hear us out.

Generally they are stacked in the supermarket by hand to merchandise the fruit and make it as appetising as possible.

Then once they're stacked, many people like to pick up their fruit, inspect it and make sure it's free from bruises & imperfections.

Before that Apple has even reached the supermarket, it has been picked and handled many times, possibly through many sets of hands and perhaps even exposed to pesticides.

Even in a smaller family green grocer, the person that stacks the apples could easily be the person that's also handling cash.

Starting to get the picture now....the Apple a day, that normally gets a quick rinse under the tap, may not keep the Doctor away after all.

Thinking about pesticides - these can be harmful to humans, especially little ones, so a produce wash is a reliable and safe way of ensuring as the fruit and veg comes into the house that it's ready for consumption at any time.

The removal of wax some years ago by Australian supermarkets, leaves some fruits more exposed to transmission of germs and bacteria through touch. In saying this, there are still many fruits imported from overseas which still undergo the waxing process to ensure they arrive on our shores looking fresh.

Scott Davidson, Woolworths Head of Produce said the primary benefit of applying wax to apples is that it makes the apple look shiny and more presentable.

“While an unwaxed apple may look duller, it will still taste just as good and will contain all the nutrients that an added waxed apple has” Davidson said.

“Our decision has come about due to growing customer requests for us to explore more ways for them to purchase fruit and vegetables as nature intended” he stated.

So the quest for natural looking fruit, means less protection before they get to your shopping basket and your home. Whether you are a MasterChef or cooking enthusiast washing your Fruit and Veg takes only a couple of minutes, clears away pesticides and any consumable pathogens that may have been transmitted by hand - germs, bacteria or even viruses.


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