The No. 1 Reason You Should Be Washing Your Avocados


It’s the cornerstone ingredient to guacamole, elevates any salad and is super trendy when smeared on toast. But before you, slice, pit and scoop you avocados, there’s another (kinda critical) step: You should be washing the peel.

Yep, according to a recent report from the Food and Drug Administration, even though you don’t actually ingest it, the skin of an avocado is basically a breeding ground for bacteria that—ew—can easily find its way into the fruit’s green flesh.

It makes sense: Think about how many avocados you handle in the search for one that’s perfectly ripe. All you have to do is slice into the peel with a knife and the bacteria (food-borne illnesses included) can transfer. (Listeria was found on 17 percent of avocado skin samples collected between 2014 and 2016, per the report.)

So, treat yourself to a produce brush and scrub, scrub, scrub your avocados before cutting into them.

Your delicious recipe for guacamole depends on it.

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