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Re: The dirty dozen

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"...Did you know there are over 7,500 varieties of Apples throughout the World, and it would take you 20 Years to try them all if you had one each day....".

 

Didn't know that there were so many, but learned, long ago, that supermarket apples are crappola. I live in far northern Illinois and a lot of orchards in the area, including southern Wisconsin, grow many old (heirloom) varieties, many hundreds of years old. What a difference!!!  If you get a chance, try an Orange Pippin or Northern Spy..........


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Re: The dirty dozen

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ReTiReD51 wrote:

My mom taught us to wash and rinse in water and sometimes scrub with a brush all my fruits and vegetables.  Not only those where I’ll be eating the peel too but even those I have to peel or cut opened. She was always concerned about pesticides and chemicals being sprayed on produce and fruits.

 

Remember the “Alar” scare about apples back in the 80’s. I think that helped to inform more people about the chemicals and pesticides sprayed on their apples and other fruits and vegetables.

 

I asked the produce manager at the supermarket chain we shop at a few years ago if the fruits and vegetables grown south of the border and brought up to the cold northern Midwest states each winter could meet USDA /EPA approval. He said I’d be surprised how strict their standards were in South America. I wasn’t convinced that they met the same criteria as those grown in the states or local farm markets including their organically grown ones but I continue to eat my 5 a day but always wash well.

 

Did you know there are over 7,500 varieties of Apples throughout the World, and it would take you 20 Years to try them all if you had one each day.

http://www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/info-2017/fruits-vegetables-most-pesticides-fd.html

 


That's interesting about the apples.

 

About washing produce: I was taught that a quick rinse takes off most pesticides. No need to scrub. Still, I generally buy organic (or use homegrown organic).

 

 

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My mom taught us to wash and rinse in water and sometimes scrub with a brush all my fruits and vegetables.  Not only those where I’ll be eating the peel too but even those I have to peel or cut opened. She was always concerned about pesticides and chemicals being sprayed on produce and fruits.

 

Remember the “Alar” scare about apples back in the 80’s. I think that helped to inform more people about the chemicals and pesticides sprayed on their apples and other fruits and vegetables.

 

I asked the produce manager at the supermarket chain we shop at a few years ago if the fruits and vegetables grown south of the border and brought up to the cold northern Midwest states each winter could meet USDA /EPA approval. He said I’d be surprised how strict their standards were in South America. I wasn’t convinced that they met the same criteria as those grown in the states or local farm markets including their organically grown ones but I continue to eat my 5 a day but always wash well.

 

Did you know there are over 7,500 varieties of Apples throughout the World, and it would take you 20 Years to try them all if you had one each day.

http://www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/info-2017/fruits-vegetables-most-pesticides-fd.html

 

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Re: The dirty dozen

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I've seen the lists over the years, but our food habits have not changed. We eat a number of items off those lists on a regular basis.


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AARPTeri wrote:

Have you seen the list of the dirtiest fruits and vegetables by the USDA?  What do you think, would this change your choices?


Yes. I pay attention to this list. (there's a new one every year) It absolutely informs my food choices.

 

 

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The dirty dozen

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Have you seen the list of the dirtiest fruits and vegetables by the USDA?  What do you think, would this change your choices?

AARPTeri