A survey conducted by the UK Food Standards Agency (to help judge if eating fruit peel should be taken into account how much pesticide residue people are likely to get from the food that they eat) revealed that one in five UK adults regularly snack on or eat fruit peel as part of their diet.
- Of the 2,011 adults contacted in the research, 385 said they consumed at least one type of fruit peel.
- About 27 per cent of the south of the UK admitted to eating fruit peel, 16 per cent of those living in the north, and 14 per cent of those in the Midlands region.
- The majority of consumers eat just one or two types of fruit peel, and the most common choices are orange, followed by lemon, kiwi fruit, grapefruit and mango.
- One per cent of people questioned admitted to eating peel from lychee, passion fruit and even avocado.
- Out of the nine per cent of people who ate orange peel, four per cent ate it directly from the fruit. The other five per cent ate it in marmalade and baked goods.
- Banana peel consumers tuck in most regularly, as 80 per cent of them eat the snack once or twice a week.
- People who eat kiwi fruit are not quite so eager, with two-thirds choosing the treat only once or twice a month.
The survey results claim to be an addition to a growing body of evidence that health-conscious consumers are turning to unusual and adventurous snacks.
Would you eat fruit peel? And which one? Banana and orange peel I can still imagine…but avocado’s? Isn’t that a little bit hard to swallow?