What Not to Juice October 20 2013by Dana Smith

Part of the fun of juicing is experimenting with new ingredients in your juicer. And while cold press juicers are incredibly powerful and thorough, there are some things that simply aren't suitable for juicing. We've put together a list to keep you from having to discover any of these issues on your own! Share this post with your friends to help them avoid juicing these items too.

  • High starch fruits such as bananas, mangoes, papayas, avocados, figs, and peaches are not suitable for juicing, as they simply have too little juice to be pressed, and may damage your juicer. Instead, try freezing and processing them in a juicer capable of homogenizing (we like the Tribest Slowstar with its included attachment) to make delicious sorbets!

  • Citrus peels. We generally recommend peeling citrus fruit before juicing, as they have indigestible oils that can be hard on your stomach.

  • Fruit pits. Hard pits from fruit such as cherries can jam or damage your juicer. We also recommend not juicing apple cores to avoid the seeds.

  • Papaya peels. Aside from being thick enough to damage your juicer, the peels and seeds are very bitter. Papaya itself also does not lend well to juicing.

  • Winter squash. These are simply too tough to juice well.

  • Iceberg lettuce. Very bitter, little nutritional value.

  • Carrot greens. The tops of carrots are toxic and should not be ingested.

  • Rhubarb leaves. These are also toxic, and should be removed before rhubarb is juiced.

  • Wild parsnips. Cultivated parsnips are ok, but wild parsnips can be toxic!