I’m a huge fan of farmer’s markets and buying local produce but as a new college student it has been hard to travel off campus without a car. My dining hall provides fruit so I prefer to just take it instead of buying it (life of a broke college student). Unfortunately, mass sold produce is normally coated with wax for a cosmetic effect. Luckily there is an easy, cheap way to remove wax off of produce.
How to remove wax from produce:
You will need:
- Lemon Juice
- Baking Soda
I combine about 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 1 table spoon of baking soda for a pot full of water (about a quart). I wash the apples and remove any dirt with cold water.Then I fill a pot full of luke warm water, too hot of water will damage your apples and too cold will not get the job done as easily. Let the apples sit for a minute then take a vegetable brush and scrub the residue off. You will notice the water begin to get dirty with wax. After you’re done scrubbing the process is complete and the apples are ready to eat. It really is that easy!
Why is produce coated in wax?
Wax is used to coat the fruit to retain moisture and freshness. Coated fruit has about a 50% longer shelf life. Wax is also used for cosmetic purposes. It helps the fruit look shinier and more attractive for a longer period of time. While the FDA claims that these waxes are safe over 98% of them tested positive for containing pesticides. While buying organic is your best bet it isn’t always affordable. By taking one extra step you can easily reduce your exposure to chemicals, pesticides, and waxes which can be harmful to your body over time.
Nothing is proven but I would much rather take 5 minutes to remove the wax and chemicals from my apples before eating them if it means I could be preventing future harm.
All of my facts were provided by Health Family. This is an amazing website that explains the use of waxes and pesticides in produce. If you have time to read it, I really recommend it!