I happily eat raw-milk cheese. I’ll dive into steak tartar without any fear. And heck, I drink horse milk like it’s going out of style. (Actually, if someone could tell me that drinking horse milk never was in style, that’d be great, so I can stop drinking it…) But I have a confession to make: I wash melons.
Even though I usually buy Charentais or Cavaillon melons that are grown in France, there have been too many large-scale recalls of melons in the states, and probably elsewhere, so I started washing melons a few years ago.
It’s a simple step that supposedly removes any harmful bacteria, and probably few pesticides as well, which gets dragged through the fruit once you slice through the rind.
Does anyone else routinely do this?
Guide to Washing Fresh Produce (Colorado State University)
Does Washing Fruits and Vegetables Make them Safe? (Live Science)