June 2nd, 2010 - Gerald "Gerry" Pugliese
That sounds like the bizzaro world version of “contains 100 daily servings of vitamins and minerals.”
But it’s true. The Environmental Working Group claims non-organic celery – i.e. the stuff billions of people buy willy-nilly everyday – has 67 different kinds of pesticides.
Celery was fingered as containing the most pesticides because of its structure; soft skin makes it very prone to absorption of things it touches.
Have you ever stuck a stalk of celery in a glass of food coloring? Same idea.
The scary part is the testing of vegetables, like celery, takes place after the United States Food & Drug Administration uses high-power pressure water systems to wash the produce. Fail.
The Environmental Working Group released this information to help educate consumers about what they’re eating. Good idea, I doubt most people putting peanut butter and ants – err, raisins – on a stalk of celery know about its pesticide content.
Other filthy dirty fruits and vegetables include cherries, nectarines, collard greens, and potatoes. On the other hand, corn, onions, avocados, and mangoes are among the cleanest produce. Hooray!
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May 28th, 2010 - Gerald "Gerry" Pugliese
Avocados are the MacGyver of the fruit world. If you get creative, you can do anything with them.
Don’t like butter? Smear some avocado on bread, it tastes just like butter. Add avocado to dips or salsa and that’s great too.
Heck, I bet if you mix avocado thick enough, you could lay bricks with it.
I guess it’s that versatility – probably taste too – that’s making organic avocados a big hit in Europe, especially Sicilian avocados.
Avocados from Siciliian are sold throughout Europe – including Germany, Belgium, France, and the United Kingdom – and they’ve become so popular that the demand has outgrown the supply.
Now that’s a good problem. “They’re selling like hotcakes!”
Agrinova grows and distributes the avocados and confirms clients have already snapped up their 2011 supply – some aren’t even grown yet, I guess.
But the increased demand in organic avocados is not only good for the people eating them, but Agrinova calls avocados a good alternative to citrus fruits.
Personally, I pray to the church of avocado. They’re like crack to me.
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Read More:Organic Sicilian Avocados Take Europe by Storm