I'd like to blend some fruits with their peels, however I'm concerns about pesticides and harmful bacteria. I understand I should buy organic, but in case it's not or just to be safe, what methods I should use to get rid of pesticides and harmful bacteria?

I've heard that you can soak it for some time in vinegar, but there are two problems, the juice may smell with vinegar and you can't make a milk shake, because the milk will curdle.

Any advice?

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    I don't think this question is really about vegetarianism or veganism.
    – gerrit
    Feb 1, 2017 at 14:15
  • I believe it's part of fruitarian lifestyle.
    – kenorb
    Feb 1, 2017 at 14:26
  • Fruitarians cannot eat any pesticides or bacteria? Anyone should want to remove harmful bacteria and pesticides from any food, including vegetarian food. Is the bar higher for fruitarians?
    – gerrit
    Feb 1, 2017 at 14:28
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    Yes, some bacteria can be harmful, but is there anything vegetarian about this? Cycling to work is (probably) compatible with a vegetarian lifestyle but that doesn't make it on-topic.
    – gerrit
    Feb 1, 2017 at 14:56
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    I have raised a question on meta.
    – gerrit
    Feb 1, 2017 at 15:03

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According to the Centre for Science and Environment

Washing with 2% of salt water will remove most of the contact pesticide residues that normally appear on the surface of the vegetables and fruits ... fruity vegetables like tomatoes, brinjal and okra require two to three washings.

2% is not really salty enough to affect the taste but if you want you can always rinse again in non-salty water after performing the steps above.

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    Also note that there are several kinds of pesticides. Contact pesticides are just one type. Systemic ones might be impossible to remove.
    – Attilio
    Feb 1, 2017 at 23:32

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