[NAFEX] Pears & "Black Hands"

John Barbowski jbarbowski at gmail.com
Sun Nov 14 13:32:50 EST 2010

*I found that lemon juice did the trick for me (If my memory serves me).
Black hands after peeling a bushel of apples about 25 years ago, then by
chance, I was preparing something calling for lemons and viola - skin again!

Canadian Zone 6b*

On Sun, Nov 14, 2010 at 1:26 PM, Steve <sdw12986 at aol.com> wrote:

> On 10/27/2010 11:31 AM, nottke1 wrote:
>> A friend of mine processed a bushel of pears (old timey hard pears)
> after they sat in his garage for a week and softened a bit.  After about
> an hour of peeling/paring his hands gradually turned black, like a mild
> case of Black Walnut blackening.  The blackening disappeared over a 3 day
> period.
>> Has anyone else had this experience?
>> I have peeled and cored a couple dozen pears at one sitting many times and
>> not noticed any skin discoloration.
>> Thanks,
>> Jim Nottke, z7 NC
> I remember many times, 3 and 4 decades ago, my mother in the kitchen
> cutting up a large quantity of apples. When she was done, her hands were
> quite dark, especially the fingers. I assume this is a similar thing.
> I also remember her scrubbing her hands with bleach to make it go away.
> Especially if it was a Saturday, because she didn't want to go to church the
> next morning with black hands.
> Steve
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