Vegetable and Fruit Preparation

Organic fruits and vegetables are not always available to us at our local grocery store, so be sure to use a good quality wash designed specifically for the removal of surface pesticides, chemicals, bacteria, wax and dirt.

I find it’s most convenient to wash all fruits and vegetables at once after arriving home from the grocery store. I throw everything in my sink (as seen below), add a few pumps of the wash and fill with water until all produce is covered. I’ll then let them soak for about 10 minutes. ALL of my produce is thrown in, organic or not. You can also keep a spray bottle of a 1:4 ratio of produce wash:water and clean each piece individually, as needed.

“Canadian safety standards are some of the weakest, in part because they allow the continued use of dozens of weed, bug and fungus killers banned elsewhere.”

Martin Mittelstaedt, Environment Reporter
The Globe and Mail, October 5, 2006

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