Washing Produce Organic or Conventionally Grown

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Before you eat produce or use it for your recipes you should always wash it. Why and how should you wash produce? First, be aware that eating any fresh produce without washing it can make you very sick–and tell your friends! When produce is growing in the farmer’s field it is sprayed with various pesticides to keep the bugs from eating it. Bugs eating a farmer’s produce can be very costly–causing farmer’s to lose much of their income.

Strong pesticides are commonly used to prevent this from happening. Most produce doesn’t get washed before reaching your market. These pesticides are linked to a variety of conditions, from cancer to ADHD and even eating produce sprayed in pesticide during pregnancy can cause birth defects. So always wash produce before using it.

Washing Produce Organic or Conventionally Grown

Washing Produce

The FDA recommends against using store bought produce washes, due to the safety concerns of the wash’s residue. The best way to wash your produce is by simply running it under tap water and using your hands in a “washing” motion over the produce. Items like cauliflower may need to soak for a couple minutes first, due to the small cracks and crevices where bacteria from the pesticides can grow. Even if you plan to peel your produce, wash it first because bacteria from the outside of raw produce can be transferred to the inside when it is being cut with a knife or peeled.

If you are concerned about the quality of your cities tap water you can use distilled water or a homemade produce wash. Simply mix one part vinegar with three parts water. The vinegar may affect texture and taste.

Produce with the highest counts of pesticides are apples, strawberries, grapes, nectarines, peaches, potatoes, celery, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, snap peas, sweet bell peppers, spinach, hot peppers and kale/collard greens. It doesn’t take long to put your produce in a colander or bowl and rinse it thoroughly under running tap water, and dry with a clean cloth towel or paper towels. And remember washing produce before you eat it is the number one way to avoid getting sick. Even if you grow your own or buy organic, a thorough rinse is always a good idea.

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