THIS may seem like a silly question, but how do you wash grapes?
I mean, goodness knows what insecticides or growth hormones have been sprayed on them in the wild or what exactly that patina of dirt that usually encases them actually contains.
They were in foreign climes, for goodness sake. Insects have been all over them and possibly left disgusting trace elements upon their skins.
Oranges and bananas come ready protected in better packaging than anything devised by Sainsbury’s. Apples you can wash and polish to your heart’s content. Melons are sliced open to reach the delicate untouched flesh within. Strawberries are easy to prepare, in a colander beneath a flowing tap.
But grapes? Particularly red grapes. Water does not cleanse their skins.
In Ancient Rome the emperor could order a slave to peel his grapes but my wife, Maria, refuses to wear the toga I had chosen or to act like a slave.
“You know what you can do with your grapes,” she said.
Well I know what I’d like to do with them – clean them. But how?
My usual method is to place the grape between forefinger and thumb and rub delicately to remove as much dirt as possible, but this method is not perfect and leaves me in doubt.
Just what am I ingesting, along with my five a day? No, don’t tell me. I’d rather not know.