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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October 18th, 2009 - Barbara Feiner
If you’ve been thinking about starting an organic vegetable garden, choosing your plants initially may seem overwhelming.
The experts at Bonnie Plants, a green-gardening plant wholesaler in Union Springs, AL, recommend these six fast-growing, cold-hardy crops for fall gardeners:
- A nutritious leafy green
- A vigorous producer that endures winter easily, even in very cold climates
- Cut the outer leaves so the center can continue growing; space transplants about 12 inches apart
- Similar to kale, with a stronger, sweet-cabbage flavor
- Leaves taste best when young
- Space transplants 36 inches apart
- Richer in vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients than other popular lettuces
- Space transplants 18 inches apart
Early Dividend Broccoli
- Popular, productive and easy to grow
- High in fiber and calcium
- Set transplants 18 inches apart
- Nutritious, with spicy leaves that taste sweeter when nipped by frost
- Space plants 12 inches apart
- Fast-growing, peppery-tasting leafy green that’s great in salads
- Promotes bone health
- Especially high in vitamins A, C and K
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