Every housewife wants to treat herself and the loved ones with something tasty and at the same time nutritious. What can be better than fresh fruits and vegetables?  Modern possibilities to grow, collect, store and deliver the gifts of nature are extremely vast. And who would think of calling exotic not only oranges or kiwis, but also mangoes now? Fragrant strawberries or melon in mid-January are also no longer a surprise for anyone. But this food variety in modern supermarkets has a downside: fruits and vegetables brought from afar are not always tasty and useful. And now, it’s not enough to just know where and in what conditions the bruit fruits have been grown, it’s not enough to know how to choose them – you also have to know how to wash them properly. Maybe some people would think it’s strange, what’s there to know about it? You just take an apple or a carrot and thoroughly wash off the dust and earth particles with tap water. If there’s much dirt, you take a brush and clean it all. However, it’s not that simple as it might seem.
How much does beauty and long-term storage cost?
Glossy apples, picture-perfect strawberries, tomatoes all like one, cucumbers, grapes – they all are a joy to see on the counter, the hand itself reaches out to by them. But it is no longer a secret that to create an attractive marketable presentation, protection against crumpling and spoilage during transportation and storage, fruits and vegetables are exposed to special chemicals. Biphenyl is used to suppress decay processes, methyl bromide protects the fruit from the appearance of pests, and insecticides and fungicides against mold and fungus. Sulphur dioxide helps preserve the attractive bright color, and glossy shine and long storage is ensured by a thick layer of paraffin.
Commercially grown fruits and vegetables in most cases contain chemicals and are treated with them. Of course, such manipulations are justified economically: prevention of fruit rotting helps avoid material losses for their producers and purchasing agents, and an attractive marketable presentation helps increase sales. However, saturating fruits and vegetables with chemicals is extremely dangerous for consumers. Excess of chemicals on the surface of the fruit can provoke severe allergic reactions and even poisoning, both in children and adults. Thus, producers of fruits and vegetables simply pass their own losses due to possible damage to the fruit on to the consumers in the form of expenses that the latter have to bear to recover their health after contact with chemicals. The scientists have estimated that every one of us consumes in average up to three kilograms chemicals per year with various products, among which almost the main share falls on fruits and vegetables. The number of 3 kilograms is terrifying: you might as well just eat six packs of washing powder. Therefore, the issue of proper cleaning of the surface of fruits and vegetables is not idle. The health of those who will eat these fruits directly depends on it.
Washing fruits and vegetables correctly
Fruits, berries and vegetables should be washed thoroughly – this is the most important condition for their proper processing. Washing not only removes the usual dirt, sand and bacteria from the peel of fruits, but also, with the right approach, can clean products from paraffin and other chemicals. Therefore, dangerous chemical compounds will not penetrate the body and will not harm it.
For a better removal of chemicals from the fruit surfaces, you can soak fruits and vegetables in cold water for an hour, so that water would take in part of hazardous substances, and then you wash them thoroughly. This method is recommended in particular for those who suffer from allergic reactions, pregnant women and children. It is also worth remembering to peel the upper layer in fruits. Yes, peel contains many healthy vitamins, but chic gloss turns the useful peel of apples and citruses into a candy wrap. Even if the package is very beautiful, it’s unpleasant and dangerous to eat it. To preserve vitamins while peeling the fruit, you have to use a knife made of ceramics or stainless steel.
Brush or a special vegetable scraper will help you remove the paraffin plaque.
In addition, the special foam from the VAILY eco-friendly series will help you deal with the chemicals covering fruits and vegetables. You cannot use conventional soap for this purpose, since you cannot wash it off completely, and fruits and vegetables will gain an unpleasant soapy taste, and there will be unhealthy components left on their surface. It is strictly prohibited to use washing powder for foods. The gentle VAILY foam is intended for dishes first of all:  it perfectly copes with all kinds of contaminations, washes off with water completely, does not harm the sensitive hands skin, is odorless, absolutely safe and hypoallergenic. Due to its unique composition, you can use this foam to wash fruits and vegetables intended for children, pregnant and nursing women and those who suffer from allergic diseases.
Handy tips and life hacks
Root vegetables (carrots, garden radishes, beets, potatoes, radishes) need to be cleaned from dirt using a brush first, and then washed with warm water and VAILY ECO-foam, rinse thoroughly in cold tap water, and peeled only after this. If root vegetables are heavily covered with dirt, soak them in water for 10-15 minutes first.
Vegetables – tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, eggplants, pumpkin – are washed by hand with a brush and foam in warm and then in cold water. The corncobs are thoroughly washed in cold water after you remove their leaves.
Citrus fruits can be poured over with boiling water: it will melt and wash away the protective paraffin coating. Then you need to brush the peel thoroughly, which will help clean the paraffin from the recesses in the peel, and in the end, wash the fruits in warm water with the VAILY ECO-foam.
Hard fruits (apples and pears, watermelons and melons) have to be thoroughly cleaned with brush in a warm water with VAILY ECO foam.
Soft fruits (plums, peaches, bananas) have to be washed carefully in cold tap water with VAILY foam.
Grapes are washed in a colander under running water, then immersed in a solution of VAILY ECO foam (a small amount of foam per 2 liters of warm water), and then thoroughly rinsed with cold running water again.
Strawberries are thoroughly washed in a colander under a stream of cold water first, then, like grapes, immersed in a solution of VAILY foam, then thoroughly rinsed under clean running water again. In the end, the green stems are removed, and the berries are poured over with chilled boiled water.
Greens need a particularly thorough approach, since they have the most dust, sand and earth. First you remove the roots, stems and yellow leaves, then wash them in cold water – not under running water, but immersing them in a colander in cold water poured into a vessel of suitable size. The water in the vessel has to be changed several times until dirt disappears completely. Only after this, you wash the greens under cold running water.
Modern production of fruits and vegetables is unthinkable without certain chemicals. But this does not mean that we have to just humble ourselves and eat them with fruits. Proper washing of the gifts of nature will minimize the consumption of toxic and hazardous substances, while preserving the maximum taste and benefit.