Nothing quite compares to taking a bite of a crisp and flavorful piece of fruit, but did you know that proper washing and preparation before consumption can help ensure its fullest flavor? Cleaning your fruit before digging in can help reduce dirt and bacteria that may be lurking on the skin. With that said, there are a few steps you should keep in mind when it comes to proper fruit washing.
Start by rinsing your fruit under cold running water. Be sure to take a few minutes to rub each piece of fruit while rinsing – this will help get rid of any dirt and residue. For fruits with hard skin – like apples and pears – you can use a soft brush to remove any tough residue.
Next, prepare a bowl of water with a few tablespoons of vinegar. The acidity of the vinegar helps to reduce bacteria on the surface of the fruit without damaging the taste or texture.
Soak your fruit in the vinegar and water solution for at least 10 minutes before rinsing again.
When it comes to softer-skinned fruits like berries and cherries, it’s best to avoid the vinegar solution and opt for a simple cold water rinse instead. While rinsing, take care not to mash or break the skin, as this makes them susceptible to bacteria.
After rinsing off your fruit, let it dry off for a few minutes. When the fruit is dry, be sure to store it in an airtight container to help maintain its freshness.
Following these steps will help ensure you get the most flavor out of your fruit and help protect you from toxins and bacteria that could be lurking on the surface. So the next time you eat a piece of fruit, don’t forget to give it a proper wash beforehand!