One of the major problems when eating fruits and vegetables is cleaning its surface from pesticides, dirt, chemicals, dust and other substances that can stick on the surface. Just washing them with water before use, is often not enough. This is especially important for fruits that are difficult to wash individually such as grapes, strawberries, blueberries, etc.
According to the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), “high levels of pesticide residues can be toxic enough to cause long-term cancer, damage to the nervous and reproductive systems, birth defects, and severe disruption of the immune system.”
We bring you a simple and effective solution to this problem:
– Take a large bowl and fill it with water. The water should be at room temperature. If the water is cold, warm it up first before proceeding.
– Add vinegar (preferably apple) in a ratio of at least 1:10 (for example to 5 litres of water, add half a litre of vinegar).
– Stir the water and the vinegar well, and put the fruits or vegetables inside.
– Leave the fruits or vegetables in this melt for 10-15 minutes, and stir them a few times. After 10-15 minutes, take out the fruits or vegetables and rinse them with clean water.
– You will notice that the water/vinegar solution is dirty after the procedure. All chemicals, pesticides, dirt and bacteria will remain in it.
For some types of fruits, such as strawberries and other perishable fruits, this method will extend their shelf life for several days. The same liquid can be used several times in one day, after which it should be spilled. If you know that the fruits or vegetables are sprayed a lot, increase the amount of vinegar in the solution.
Be more thorough with these fruits in specific: plums, peaches, grapes, apples, guava, pears and mangoes, and with the following vegetables as well: tomatoes, eggplants and okra, as they carry more residue in their crevices.