Do You Eat Fruit with or without the Skin?

I continue to be intrigued by the different foods people like/dislike and different ways people eat food. That’s what today’s topic is about.

I have a friend who, as I recently learned, only eats peeled fruit. Pears, peaches, apples, plums, even grapes…they all must be peeled.

Her reason was interesting, as my parents taught me almost the exact opposite (and I don’t know who’s right). Her perspective is that the skin of the fruit soaks up and retails all of the chemicals fruit is sprayed with, so if you peel the skin, you remove the chemicals.

My parents, however, always encouraged us to eat the skin, saying that it was good for our digestive system. In fact, I think they may have said that the best nutrients of a piece of fruit are in the skin.

As a result, I prefer to eat fruit with skin. Other than citrus fruits, bananas, and kiwi, I eat the skin of every fruit. I’m the Buffalo Bill of fruit. (Or would that mean that I remove the skin and wear it?)

I’m curious to see which category you fall into. Are you a skin eater or a skin peeler?

5 Responses to “Do You Eat Fruit with or without the Skin?”

  1. Steve Klemish says:

    I buy organic to avoid the herbicides and pesticides on the skins. And yes a significant percentage of the vitamins and minerals present in the fruit is often within the skins. So pealing the fruits diminishes the benefit of eating said fruit. Eat the skins!

  2. Jeff Grey says:

    Have you ever stepped outside your comfort zone and eaten a fruit the way it was eaten historically or by other cultures? My wife has an intriguing and beguiling habit of eating her kiwi skin-on (not too weird) and eating the core after finishing an apple (psychotic). I think so long as she forgoes munching through the rind of a pineapple, she should be allowed her quirks.
    What do you think? Should I be sleeping with one eye open?

    • Jamey Stegmaier says:

      At times I’ve tried to eat all parts of the fruit, but I’ve never tried to eat a kiwi with the fur on! I’ll have to try that. 🙂

  3. Mike Pollock says:

    Not peeling a kiwi makes eating it so much easier. It makes it a little more tart though. If the fuzz bothers you you can use a scrub sponge to smooth it up. All you are left with is the stem top which is too tough to chew.

  4. You can eat the skin of a kiwi, do you eat mango skin?

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