To Peel or Not to Peel


Juicing is a great way to become familiar with new produce. Over the course of your juicing adventures, you may taste all sorts of exotic fruits and veggies that you wouldn’t otherwise have considered. After all, when you’re simply juicing a piece of produce, and don’t have to think of a specific dinner recipe to incorporate it into, it becomes much easier to try new things. Still, when new to juicing and new to a type of produce, you have a decision to make: do you peel it or not?

Do You Need to Peel Produce?

This isn’t an easy question to answer. But let’s start with the easy part of the answer. In the case of some fruits and veggies, peeling is necessary. This is because the skins of these produce is either toxic, irritating or unhealthy. Common examples include grapefruit, orange, kiwi, mango and papaya. Additionally, any produced that has been waxed will need to be peeled. Cucumber is a classic example of a vegetable that is waxed and must be peeled before juicing.

Some people peel produce in an effort to limit pesticide intake. In commercial farming operations, pesticides are often applied to the outer skin of produce. If you don’t want these pesticides entering your body during juicing, you can wash produce very thoroughly, peel produce, or simply opt for organic produce which won’t contain any artificial pesticides.

The final consideration when peeling produce regards taste. Sometimes the skin of produce tends to be bitterer than the meat that it covers. Still, the skin of produce is often very high in nutrients, so don’t turn your nose up by default!