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How to properly wash grapes (using natural "disinfectants") to remove traces of dirt and pesticides
Grapes represent one of the most loved fruits ever and richest in antioxidants, so much so that they are also used in the creation of skin and anti-aging products. Unfortunately, however, grapes can contain a real cocktail of poisons. It is, in fact, a fruit that in most cases is contaminated by pesticides. Grapes are in sixth place in the La Dirty Dozen 2021 ranking, made in the United States by the Environmental Working Group, which every year analyzes fruit and vegetables to assess the presence of potentially dangerous pesticides that end up on our tables.
Another shock survey, conducted a few years ago in Europe, revealed that the bunches of grapes sold in Europe contain up to 15 different pesticides. So what to do in order not to give up grapes? Surely the best solution would be to buy only organic grapes, but it is not always easy to find them. Alternatively, it is possible to follow some precautions to remove traces of harmful substances, earth and any parasites. Let's find out how to properly wash grapes before consuming them without too many worries.
Mixture of water and apple cider vinegar
One of the best known and most effective methods for removing traces of pesticides from fruit such as cherries, strawberries and grapes is definitely washing with a solution based on water and apple cider vinegar. Just fill a large bowl with water (preferably warm), add the apple cider vinegar and then soak the grapes. We recommend the proportion 3oo ml of water and 1 ml of apple cider vinegar and leave the grapes to soak for 15 minutes before rinsing them thoroughly with tap water and dry thoroughly.
Mixture of water and bicarbonate
Even baking soda, versatile in the kitchen and for cleaning, is an excellent ally to eliminate pesticides from grape clusters. It is a fairly alkaline compound, with an extraordinary sanitizing power. Also in this case the bicarbonate must be mixed with water (1 tablespoon per liter of water). Leave the grapes to soak for 15 minutes and then use a delicate brush, with soft bristles, to clean the grapes more deeply, taking care not to damage the skin. After this operation, all that remains is to rinse well under running water and dry the berries.
Mixture of water and lemon juice
Finally, another natural remedy to make grapes safer before consuming them is given by the combination of water and lemon juice, which acts as a real disinfectant. Just use a solution of 300 ml of water and 1 ml of lemon juice, preferably organic, soak the berries for about a quarter of an hour and then rinse.
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