One of our readers and new friend, Eileen Sadler asked a very good question, “What do you use to clean the fruits and veggies…is peeling them all you need to do…I want to be sure I learn to prepare things correctly and that they are ready to eat…” What we have been told is never, ever eat raw fruits or veggies especially never eat a salad unless everything has been thoroughly washed. Well we have not always stuck to this warning, I have eaten salads, have had raw cabbage on deep-fried empanadas and used aji (homemade hot sauce) in small restaurants. Yes, we have had our share of stomach issues. Seems that there are tiny amoeba that can be found on the exterior of your produce. These tiny amoeba can cause havoc with your intestinal tract and ruin your vacation. This article I found on the internet can help you understand better than I can explain it.
But washing with plain water is just not enough. What you can get at your bigger supermarkets like SuperMaxi is a product called Vitalin. You will find it in the produce section for under $3.00 a bottle. We have also used Grape Seed but that is not as easy to find here.
I will do an article on the medications we take several times a year to kill any of these little bugs that get in your system. Just because you do not have diarrhea or other symptoms these little buggers are in your body and at a minimum you should take these medications twice a year.
The rule is if you peel it or cook it, fine. Otherwise, soak it in the solution.