I have been buying organic food for several years now, but only until recently I still believed that you could, for the most part anyway, “peel off” the pesticides. I often bought grapefruit, oranges, and avocados that weren’t organic because I figured that since you peeled them you were removing most of the pesticides. That’s what I used to think. Only recently have I discovered (at least more of) the truth.
Can You Peel Off The Pesticides?
on June 20, 2011
Without getting too scientific, there are two types of pesticides used on fruit and vegetables. Surface pesticides, which remain on the surface of the product and can possibly be peeled or washed off, and systemic pesticides. Systemic pesticides are absorbed by the plant when applied to the seeds, soil or leaves. These are in the plant’s tissues, not on the exterior and cannot be washed off. Mother Earth News has a great article which does a good job of explaining the four most commonly used systemic pesticides. In fact it was this article that explained to me that you can’t always peel off the pesticides.
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