I usually tuck some type of whole fruit in my bag to eat with lunch or snack on later in the day. It might roll around a bit or — if I put it directly into my backpack or purse — encounter who-knows-what at the bottom of my bag. To protect apples, pears and other fruit with edible peels, I've come up with an quick way to keep them clean and protected from bruises.
When I pack my lunch in the morning, I use a cloth napkin to tie up the fruit in its own little protective pouch. This habit was inspired by Japanese furoshiki — an all-purpose piece of fabric used to tie up bento boxes, bottles, fruit and much more — as well as the individually-cushioned fruit you'll find in many Asian markets.
This trick also works with summer fruit like peaches and plums, although I am more careful to not let these softer fruits get too bumped around in my bag.
Do you have any tips for protecting fruit in your lunch bag?
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(Images: Anjali Prasertong)