PESTICIDE ACTION NETWORK UK
CLEAN 18 (ok to buy if non-organic)
|Pears||Peas without pods|
MEAN 18 (only buy these if organic)
|Bean Sprouts||Beans with pods|
|Berries: Blueberries||Berries: Blackberries|
|Berries: Strawberries||Chilli peppers|
|Citrus: oranges, grapefruit and lemon if peel is consumed||Cucumber|
|Prepared fresh fruit||Tomatoes|
USA: ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Here is their list of the most contaminated produce (most important to buy organic) known as the Dirty Dozen:
And here is their list of the least contaminated produce known as the Clean Fifteen:
Here’s a quick and easy way to wash veggies using baking soda:
For leafy greens
- Fill a salad spinner with greens, then fill with water.
- Add a teaspoon of baking soda and mix well.
- Soak your greens for a minute, swish, dump, then rinse, and spin dry.
- If you don’t have a salad spinner, you can add the greens, water, and baking soda to a bowl, let them soak, drain in a strainer, rinse, then pat leaves dry with a clean lint-free kitchen towel or paper towels.
How to wash fruits
Smooth skinned fruits, such as apples, nectarines, and cherries, can be washed in a baking soda bath the same way as veggies.
Berries can be rinsed under cold water in a mesh strainer, then gently patted dry with a clean kitchen towel or paper towels just before you intend to eat them.
Although your instinct may be to rinse off berries when you bring them home, doing so actually increases moisture and accelerates spoilage, microflora, and mould. Which is why it’s best to rinse them soon before you eat them.
Simply soaking your vegetables for a few minutes or rinsing your produce in running water for at least 30 seconds will help the food you eat and serve be safe.