Would you like some pesticides with that potato?

Did you know that 91% of potatoes in U.S. tested positive for pesticides? It is listed as number 9 on the Dirty Dozen food list from the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

I have been married for over 8 years now, and ever since I have been cooking 99% of meals at home. My husband and I always bought ingredients from our local farmer’s market. About a year ago, we decided it was time to buy organic ingredients. And until I tried my first organic potato, eggs, and butter, I realized how much better organic foods are. But is there such a huge difference that it’s worth spending all that money on? I have been convinced, but I’ll let you be the judge of that…

Some of the things that I have noticed about organic vs. non-organic foods is the difference not only in the color, size, and shape of the product, but also the smell and the taste, as surprising as that might sound to some of you. In the last year, I have learned a lot about sustainable farming and organically grown foods, here’s my list of products that definitely have a considerable difference between the organic foods and the non-organic foods.

 Potatoes

 Non-organic: Have a smell of cholorine?? I don’t know about you, but have you ever microwaved a potato and once they cooked you opened the microwave door only to be hit with this strong chlorine smell? I have, almost always. I always buy red potatoes mainly because they are lower in starch (and won’t raise your blood sugar as much as other kinds of potato). Sometimes when I am pressed for time, I pop a few potatoes in the mircrowave for faster cooking. Once I take them out, I notice a strong chemical smell coming from them, not so appetizing, now is it?

 Organic: Organic red potatoes are much crispier when you peel them. They don’t have any kind of smell to them. Once cooked and mashed, the texture is more velvety and not grainy.

 

 Strawberries

 Non-organic: Large in size, not sweet, tough flesh

 Organic: Smaller in size (just like a strawberry should look like), juicy, sweet, soft flesh

 

 

 

 

 Beets

 Non-organic: Hard to peel, dry, chlorine-like smell

 Organic: Peels easy (like a potato), deep burgundy color, smells like beets should

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Eggs

 Non-organic: Egg yolks are pale yellow, slimy consistency, tasteless when fried, dry in consistancy when pan-fried, easily cracked (not necessarily a good thing)

 Organic: Hard outer shell, bright yellow (almost orange) yolk, fluffy and light when pan-fried

 

 

 

 

Final thought: even though you might not notice any differences in smell, taste, or look of organic foods, there are health benefits to eating organic food.  You don’t consume all the fruit, veggies, and dairy that have been treated with pesticides, or have been supplemented with additives.

What are some of the organic foods on your list as having a distinct taste compared to non-organic foods?

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