The first day of Spring. Feels good to know Summer is not far off. One of the things I and my waistline love is the fresh fruits and veggies in stores and at farmer’s markets that become available. I never wash anything that I get out of my parents garden other than to get the mud off because I know where’s been, but from the store it’s a different story. Does rinsing grocery store produce work at making it safer to eat? The good news it yes, but it’s not that straight forward unfortunately. Rinsing fruit and vegetables under water helps rid the food items of soil, microorganisms and potential human pathogens such as E. coli, listeria and salmonella, but don’t do too early. As is the case with berries, they should be rinsed under cold water just before you intend to eat them. You may be to rinse off berries when you bring them home but doing this actually “increases moisture and accelerates spoilage, micro flora and mold.
Found what else you need to know about washing your produce HERE.