Gardening

The Strawberry Experiment

Lately all I see are strawberries in the market! So pretty, sweet and red. My only problem is that I don’t eat them quick enough after I bring them home …they go bad.  Because of this I decided to do an experiment….on April 5th I bought a container of regular strawberries and one of organic strawberries…both Driscoll’s brand.  

Check out how they look today! Just 8 days after purchase, the regular strawberries showed a considerable amount of mold. I actually ended up making a strawberry smoothie with the organic ones this morning! In the long run, although they are more expensive, they are a better buy….and superior in taste! 

Purchase Date

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After 8 days

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Close up of the non-organic  berries

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After seeing a comment from a reader I decided to add a few more details about this experiment. According to the Environmental Working Group, strawberries rank #1  for pesticide load. Meaning that strawberries carry more pesticides than any other. Also shown was a “Clean Fifteen” list of produce items that are least likely to hold pesticide residue, here they are…

Avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, cabbage, frozen sweet peas, onions, asparagus, mangoes, papayas, kiwis, eggplant, honeydew, grapefruit, cantaloupe, and cauliflower.

You can read more from the EWG’s report here.