I was minded blown and pretty discussed when I learn I have been buying produce with wax on it. Apples and cucumbers might be obvious ones, but this also includes bell peppers, peaches, broccoli, cherries, nectarines, turnips, parsnips, all citrus and so many more that are waxed. The most common primary wax ingredients are shellac, caranuba & paraffin, a petroleum based wax. But they can also contain solvent residues or wood rosins, ethanol & casein.
anyone wondering why they have dairy sensitivity? 🧐
Waxes are applied to conventional & organic produce to prevent spoilage and help retain moisture, but they can also trap pesticides, fungicides or bacteria on the surface.🤢 And cutting into produce before removing the wax from the surface and carry bacteria from the surface to the interior.
Oh, and side note- “pre-washed” or “ready to eat” produce like lettuces, berries & grapes dipped in a diluted bleach solution 2–3x 🤭.
Now that juicing is part of our life again (where are my juicing peeps at?🙋🏼♀️) we’ve been scooping up even more fruits, veggies & greens.. we buy organic and also keep a spray bottle in the kitchen window with a capful of concentrated Thieves Fruit & Veggie Wash topped with water. We spray down all our produce – greens, berries, apples etc before eating to dissolve and remove the wax coatings along with anything that might be lingering on the surface. Just spray, let sit a few minutes then rinse away. If we have large amounts, we fill a bowl or the kitchen sink with water add 1-2 capfuls and let everything soak for 5 minutes.
If you haven’t made up a spray bottle of the Thieves Fruit & Wash, do it today.. it makes it soo much easier to remember to wash everything- tag me @chicandrose_ in your stories! 🥬🥒🍅🍓