“What I don’t understand,” she said, “is those people who don’t wash produce before they eat it. What, they haven’t heard of pesticides? Waxes? Isn’t that disgusting?”
“That would be me,” I said. “I almost never wash fruits and stuff. I should care, but can’t be bothered.”
It’s true. I consistently wash grapes (because they’re famously pesticide-laden) and potatoes (which will taste like dirt otherwise), and that’s about all.
This is what I think of as a personal blind spot. Even those of us who know why we should be washing produce may forget, or consciously choose not to. It isn’t hard to wash a few carrots or a cabbage, and it isn’t time consuming… so why don’t I just do it?
Once, in a fit of self-reforming zeal, I filled the sink with [non-toxic] soapy water and scrubbed several pounds of apples. Tedious, admittedly, but it’s hard not to feel virtuous with so much clean fruit on hand… …..
…… of course, this was months ago, and I’ve eaten many, many unwashed apples since then. Blind spot ahoy!