Although it is better to buy organic fruit and vegetables sometimes we don’t have a choice. If you have wondered how best to get rid of pesticide residue from your fruit and vegetables from the surface at least, CosumerReport has found some of the best methods.
Non biologically tested apples
A team of American researchers have launched into a game of who can clean away pesticides better. In America, fruit are washed in water mixed with bleach before being sold. However this cleaning process only has one aim, to get rid of any dirt and potential insects from the skin. Researchers have therefore submitted gala apples (which are sold the most) to two pesticides including one which can penetrate the skin. Afterwards the researchers cleaned the apples using the three following methods:
- Bleach and water solution as used by supermarkets
- Bicarbonate of soda and water solution ;
- Pure water with out any additive.
Can you use bicarbonate of soda to remove pesticides?
By leaving apples to soak for two minutes in bicarbonate of soda and water, researchers realised that this mixture removes more pesticides that bleach for the same amount of time. However after about 15 minutes pesticides on the apples were mostly eliminated by the solution.
Here is their method:
- Add a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda into 500 ml of water;
- Soak the fruit and or vegetables in the solution;
- Scrub the fruit or vegetables and then rinse.
It is important to remember that not all pesticides work in the same way. In fact some will be able to resist the mixture of water and bicarbonate of soda. These pesticides often are able to penetrate into the flesh of the apple or so cleaning the surface will not be able to get rid of all the pesticides. At the same time if your remove the skin of the fruit or vegetable you will lose some of it’s nutrient without having got rid of all the pesticides. Finding the best solution to cleaning non-organic food really is a puzzle!
Here is a video that looks into pesticides, organic foods and the production of apples!