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YARNLADY's avatar

What fruits and vegetables do you eat skin and all?

Asked by YARNLADY (39519 points ) April 8th, 2009

I read that most of the nutrients and fibers are in the skin and peel. I don’t peel my potatoes or carrots.

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elijah's avatar

I can’t think of any veggies I peel. Oh, avacados. Fruits? I don’t eat banana skins or orange rinds.

3or4monsters's avatar

Apples, grapes, peaches, tomatoesm plums, pears.

Potatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, all the green things like cucumber, broccoli, green beans.

Zen's avatar

Avos are fruit, of course, and require peeling, as do pineapples, lichi and kiwi.

Cucumbers (I know, I shouldn’t but the pesticides are crazy on those) and potatoes, unless they are blemish-free, very white and small and spelt correctly.

YARNLADY's avatar

@Zen Do potatoes taste better if spelt correctly? I wash them, the cucumbers and zucchini with a brush and actual soap and water, and rinse thoroughly.

Zen's avatar

@YARNLADY Everything tastes better with yummy grammar sauce!

But I digress; I know of many who do as you, and it’s fine. In fact, if you scrub really well, I’ll take you up on your previous offer of lunch. Scrub a dub dub.

YARNLADY's avatar

@Zen grammar sauce, is that the kind that has those little letters, apostrophes and commas floating around in it

buster's avatar

@ Zen I eat kiwi skin.

Zen's avatar

@buster No, you don’t.

Zen's avatar

@YARNLADY That’s the one, with extra parentheses for me, please.

JellyB's avatar

Grapes, apples, cucumber, pears, plums, nectarines, peaches, apricots, potatoes…..hm, that’s all i can think of now…..

Kraken's avatar

Everything that doesn’t have an armadillo-like shell to remove.

JellyB's avatar

@Kraken So that includes bananas then, then eat the whole thing?

Zen's avatar

@Kraken @JellyB lURVES YOU GUYS!

JellyB's avatar

@Zen Morning! :D

Zen's avatar

@BellyJ – top o the morning to ya.

Bluefreedom's avatar

Carrots, potatoes, apples, and tomatoes.

Zen's avatar

@Bluefreedom Apples and tomatoes – boy, you live dangerously.

Jack79's avatar

I’m the opposite, I even peel the apple skin (it gets stuck between my teeth if I don’t). Not sure about nutrients, but it seems a lot of other stuff gets stuck on the skin, and it’s easier to just peel it than wash it well enough.

Bluefreedom's avatar

@Zen. Yeah, I’m a daredevil at heart. Food or no food.~

YARNLADY's avatar

@Jack79 I used to do that, but now I just put it in the microwave for about 1/2 minute and it is soft and edible.

mattbrowne's avatar

The skin of apples are very healthy. But sometimes they taste so bitter it’s better to peel the apple.

WifeOfBath's avatar

@mattbrowne then I suggest you buy apples from Africa, the Pinklady – roughage is good for your colon!..:)

WifeOfBath's avatar

Kumkwats
cucumber
carrots – a little dirt will do you good…:)
potatoes and sweet potatoes

mattbrowne's avatar

@WifeOfBath – Thanks for the tip. But they’d have to be shipped from Africa to Europe.

Maldadpermanente's avatar

Pears, apples, grapes.

Darwin's avatar

I may not eat orange peel as is, but I do use it to make marmalade, so I even eat that. However, I don’t eat the skin of bananas, avocados, or pineapples due to taste, texture and chewability, nor do I eat the skins of sweet potatoes or yams (but I eat the skin of regular potatoes). When I used to be able to eat mangoes, I did not eat the skin either.

Otherwise, I pretty much eat plant products skin and all. I do wash them first, and sometimes scrub them a bit, but I’m too lazy to peel things I don’t absolutely have to.

And yes, I do eat the skin of kiwi fruit. It has an odd texture but no particularly noxious taste.

wundayatta's avatar

My son started eating the skin of Kiwis about a week ago. A friend of his said that’s where all the nutrients are, so he tried it, and now I don’t have to peel his kiwis for his lunch any more. HOOORAY!!!

Likeradar's avatar

Some of you mentioned carrots… is the part you peel really a skin? I always figured it was the same as the rest of the carrot, just drier and dirtier. Is it different than the insides?

casheroo's avatar

Carrots, grapes, tomatos, potatos, peaches, apples, pears, plums, apricots, cherries, all berries, eggplant.
Those are all I can think of right now.

YARNLADY's avatar

Some of the ones that puzzle me are Sweet Potatoes/yams, and squash. I cook most squash just like I do potatoes and Hubby eats the skin and all, except for the hard skinned ones. We also eat the entire cucumber, zucchini and kiwi.

Smashley's avatar

I’ll peel butternut squash, just because of the requirements of the dishes I cook with it, but in general, I roast winter squash until the skin is nice and edible. I can’t think of any other vegetables that I peel. Avocado I suppose. I guess artichoke leaves aren’t entirely edible, though I’ve seen my brother do it with plenty of butter. Onions and garlic are peeled, obviously, though I’d love to hear a creative alternative.

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