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Should you wash your nuts before cracking and eating them?

  1. MarleneB profile image97
    MarleneBposted 5 years ago

    Should you wash your nuts before cracking and eating them?

    I wonder about pesticides and such. I was wondering if there is a concern with eating nuts straight from the tree.


  2. SidKemp profile image94
    SidKempposted 5 years ago

    Hi Marlene: If you're talking about hard-shelled nuts, like walnuts, then, no. You don't eat the shell, and what is inside the nut grows in a sealed, sterile environment. On the other hand, nuts where you put the whole nut in your mouth, like sunflower seeds, to crack them open - those I would wash (if they're not organically grown).

  3. billybuc profile image87
    billybucposted 5 years ago

    LOL....I'm sorry, I can't answer that or I'll get banned.

  4. lburmaster profile image83
    lburmasterposted 5 years ago

    Yes. It's out of habit more than wondering about pesticides. When at my grandfather's house, we would pick nuts then wash and crack them to eat.

  5. JimTxMiller profile image76
    JimTxMillerposted 5 years ago

    That is SUCH a loaded question to ask around dirty old men!

  6. thecatgallery profile image62
    thecatgalleryposted 5 years ago

    It is something to think about. Whatever is on the outside of nuts and other foods that you just eat the inside of could get on your hands and be transferred to the contents that you then touch and put in your mouth. There are fruit and vegetable washes that are able to remove pesticide residues, produce wax, and dirt. Just spray it on and rinse it off. Just a little precaution :-)