Organic craze is rapidly gaining popularity. More and more people are getting aware that conventional produce might have dangerous amounts of chemicals. They want to eat a safer organically grown crops.
Organic crops are really free from chemical pesticides especially when sourced from reliable farmers. However, there are always exemptions. Some fruits and vegetables are safe to eat even if grown inorganically. They are the following according to Environmental Working Group (EWG):
3 Sweet Corn
6 Sweet Peas
14 Sweet Potato
15 Honeydew Melon
They have minimal amounts of pesticides because of:
1) Thick skin. Dense skin of watermelon, honeydew melon and pineapple is unlikely to absorbed chemical pesticides.
2) Smooth, shiny and compact skin – is poorly permeable to chemical toxins, e.g. eggplant and mangoes.
3) Buried deep underground. Insecticides are already diluted before reaching buried sweet potatoes.
4) Outer layers are removed prior to cooking or eating. Thick peels are not normally eaten, e.g. pineapple, watermelon. Outer leaves of cabbage are removed before cooking. Corn husk is not edible.
I think they should include my favorite bananas on the safe list. It has thick skin. Coconut should also be a candidate.
If we have safe list then we also have the danger list. EWG called it the “dirty dozen”. They might absorbed dangerous amount of pesticides because they have soft skin permeable to chemical pesticides. They are normally eaten with skin intact or eaten whole like leafy vegetables. Rinsing them won’t do much. Washing with detergents should not be done. They might also contain toxic chemicals. Peeling might help but not recommended cause most essential nutrients are concentrated in skins.
The following commodities should be bought organic:
7 Bell Peppers
10 Kale/Collard Greens
I think all sort of leafy vegetables and fruits with soft skin should be included on dirty list!