Most importantly in consumption of fruit and vegetable is removing and cleaning their pesticides, dirt and other harmful substances on the surface. Cleaning them with water isn’t enough, since the water removes only 70% of the pesticides.
Here is a simple trick on how to remove pesticides from fruit and vegetable:
In a bowl with water, add apple cider vinegar in proportion 10:1 (10 liters of water and 1 l vinegar) and you mix it. Then you add the fruit or vegetable and you leave it like that for 20 minutes. The water has to be at room temperature. After 30 minutes, you take out the fruit or vegetable and wash it with clean water. When you look at the used solution of water and vinegar you will see how dirty it is. All of the pesticides, dirt and bacteria will stay in the bowl. For some kinds of fruit which are easy perishable (for example strawberry) this process will make them last longer for a couple of days.
The same liquid can be used a couple of times a day, after that you threw it away. If you know that the vegetable or the fruit are sprayed then put more vinegar into the solution.
This is the list of fruits and vegetables lowest in pesticides, called “Clean 15“:
- Sweet corn
- Frozen sweet peas
List of fruit and vegetable highest in pesticides, called “Dirty Dozen“:
- sweet bell peppers.