Do you wash the peels of fruit if you're removing them?

  1. We had this conversation at work today. One of my co-workers was at her boyfriend's parent's house for Easter dinner, and dessert involved slicing bananas and squirting them with lemon juice. She was simply aghast that this woman hadn't washed the peels before taking them off. Given her clear outrage, I didn't dare tell her that I don't wash mine either (especially since I have brought dishes to office potlucks that contained both ingredients) Am I a backwards hick? Do you guys wash these fruits?
  2. 16 Comments

  3. by   webblarsk
    Nooooo...........not usually!
  4. by   suzanne4
    Wash bananas?????????? Never in my home........
  5. by   CHATSDALE
    i guess that some insecticide and or fertilizer could possibly be on the outside of the fruit, but i hadn't thought about it .. now i won't be able to think about anything else
  6. by   prmenrs
    I don't wash bananas or any fruit that you have to peel the fruit to eat it, but I do wash apples or any other fruit you bite thru the skin and eat the skin.
  7. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from prmenrs
    I don't wash bananas or any fruit that you have to peel the fruit to eat it, but I do wash apples or any other fruit you bite thru the skin and eat the skin.
    I wash those, too. I can't help remembering as a kid, though, when I'd pull crab apples off any tree I happened to pass, or pull grapes off my Grandma's arbor and never even consider rinsiing them off first. My son is even more vigilant than me. He never eats a fruit with skin on unless he's asked me if I washed them first.
  8. by   KRVRN
    I don't wash peelable fruit. I sometimes think about the fact that here I am, handling and touching the dirty peel and then touching the fruit, which I then eat. I do, for some reason, have a problem with not washing watermelon and pineapple... I mean you cut through the dirty skin and then it spreads funk all over the fruit as the knife passes through it. So my solution is to cut it up and then rinse the fruit. Basically I'm anal about some aspects of whether to wash or not, and not anal about others.

    Furthermore sometimes I wash the "triple washed" bags of salad and sometimes I don't!

    Sometimes you just have to rely on your immune system and not think about it I guess. :uhoh21:
  9. by   RainDreamer
    I've never heard of anyone washing bananas. I don't wash bananas, oranges ... or any other fruit that I don't eat the skin of. Apples, grapes, peaches, etc ... yeah I wash those because I eat the skin. But I don't see the point in washing the peel of a banana if you're just going to throw it away anyway ...? It would be like if I washed my box of tuna helper before I cooked it!

    I see KRVRN's point about the watermelon and pineapples.... because the knife cuts through the skin into the fruit, I can understand if someone wanted to wash it then. But the outside of a banana peel never touches the banana, does it?!

    But to each their own.
  10. by   dianah
    Banana non-washer here.

    Washer of apples, pears, etc. I do wash watermelon off before slicing, however through some quirk of inattention, I haven't thought to wash other melons off. . . don't use them as often, haven't thought about it till now.

    Me, I'm not that anal to let it ruin my day. Just live and learn; look what I've become aware of, just now!
  11. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Never have washed bananas.

    I do wash the skins of other fruit or veg. I got sick off of non-washed fruit once, i have no desire to do it again.
  12. by   Tweety
    You're "supposed" to wash all fruit including those will peels. But I don't, I eat a lot of oranges and never peel them. I do wash mangos before peeling them.
  13. by   Spidey's mom
    I never wash bananas.

    I do wash other fruit and veggies that I end up peeling.

    I too wash the "triple washed" salads . .. . there is some chemical taste that I don't like so I wash salad. Although I've been known to not do it in a hurry . .. .

  14. by   mercyteapot
    It has never occured to me to wash watermelon, but it would certainly make sense. I can't stand cutting up fresh pineapple, so I was really delighted when they started selling it already peeled, cored, and sliced in the produce section.