My lunch today included a big ol’ bowl of my front lawn. Well, not really – but in the past, I’m pretty famous for saying I wouldn’t eat a salad that looked like weeds pulled from my front lawn. (My mom is proud, I’m sure!)
In this week’s Peapod grocery delivery, I had them bring me a box of Earthbound Farm Organic Spring Mix for my salads. Instead of just plain ol’ iceberg lettuce, I’m now eating arugula, frisee, green chard, green oak, green romaine, lollo rosa, mizuna, radicchio, red chard, red oak, red romaine, and tango (half of which I’ve never even heard of!) One serving provides 130% of the day’s Vitamin A requirement and 50% of my Vitamin C, amongst other things. Not bad!! It’s fresh, it tastes great, and even the container makes me feel good – it was made from recycled plastic bottles.
I decided to check out Earthbound Farm’s web site, where I found a free downloadable pocket guide to Choosing Organic fruits and veggies. This brings me to the point of today’s post.
I’ve been pretty lucky to find so many options for buying organic produce in my area, with both Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods Market a short drive away, and Peapod carrying a full line of organics. It’s not always possible to find organic versions of all of the fruits and veggies that you may want to eat, though. In those cases, try to focus on getting organic varieties of the fruits and veggies that are most likely to be covered in multiple pesticide residues in their traditional forms.
A trick to remembering which ones are OK to buy and eat as traditional non-organics, if you must: if it has a skin that you do NOT eat, the inner fruit or flesh is likely protected from pesticide residues.
However, if you eat the skin – chances are, it’s carrying pesticide residues. So, try to buy these fruits and veggies organic whenever possible:
- Bell peppers
That way, you’ll avoid eating those pesticides! Do you really want to be eating chemical and biological agents designed to kill living things? I don’t!