3. Loss of Nutrients
Like flavor, essential nutrients in fruits and vegetables degrade post-prep. Antioxidants are especially susceptible to degradation when they’re exposed to oxygen or light, which is why antioxidant-rich foods are important not to pre-cut.
Carotenoids (the plant version of vitamin A) is commonly found in tomatoes, carrots, and red bell peppers, and starts to degrade as soon as the vegetable is “wounded” (aka chopped, diced or sliced). Why lose those cancer-fighting, vision-enhancing nutrients if you don’t have to?
If it wasn’t clear until now, I’ll just say it: WE ❤ SUPPORTING LOCAL FARMERS! Pre-cut produce would make it a lot harder to do that. We get to support our lovely, local farmers by purchasing produce from them in its whole form. If we sent pre-cut produce in our kits, these relationships would fade. The only way we would be able to continue to source local ingredients, and also send prepped produce would be to prep in-house. Unfortunately, the price of our kits would have to go up significantly to account for that labor cost. Additional packaging to accommodate prepped produce would also increase costs and our environmental footprint.
From the collective PeachDish team to you: our #1 goal is to send you the most fresh, delicious and nutritious ingredients, straight from our neighboring farms to your door. Keeping our ingredients in their whole state help us guarantee you receive the most crisp, fresh and flavorful produce. Trust, you will be able to taste the difference, and it's fully totally worth a few minutes of slicing and dicing (and who couldn't use the practice anyway, right?).