pesticides on strawberries

United States
April 26, 2008 4:06pm CST
I recently read that strawberries usually need a high amount of pesticides to make them look as pretty as they do in the store. Should I be worried about this? Have you ever seen organic strawberries? I know I've never seen any in my store. I LOVE eating strawberries, but now I think about the pesticides whenever I'm eating them. I usually just rinse them with water, then eat them raw. Is there anything I can do to get off more of the pesticides, or are they actually IN the strawberry? Should I even worry about this?
2 responses
@Fishmomma (11504)
• United States
3 May 08
My grocery stores sell a lot of organic strawberries. I do buy them some of the time; however, every time they rot faster in my home. They are higher than the non-organic berry. I don't worry about the pesticide, but do wash my fruit before eating it, but realize I can't wash everything off the fruit. I'm worried about the high price of the fruit.
• United States
3 May 08
I have seen organic strawberries a while back, and I remember them being VERY expensive, and I probably wouldn't shell out the big bucks and buy them at all. So, I guess it them comes down to having strawberries or having not having them. I've decided to try not to worry about it too much.
• United States
3 May 08
Unfortunately pesticides are sprayed on fruits and veggies several times while growing. I assume some aren't as bad as others. It was explained by a doctor in our company, he said take a brussel sprout, it is like a mini cabbage with several leaves or layers and throught it's growth it is sprayed several times. Question is, how do you wash the pesticide off when it is not just on the surface? You can't get rid of it all. It is better to buy Organic as much as possible and yes it is very unfortunate that it has to be more $$ I don't know if you have a Trader Joes market near were you live but they have better prices. Organic tastes much better as well. We try to do as much organic as we can but it isn't always easy.
@Falang (16)
• Canada
25 May 08
Yep, it's pretty hard to buy organic in a lot of places.I don't like Walmart, but they have promised to start stocking more organic goods. So maybe I'll kmnuckle under and go back there. Some of the health gurus say the best way to clean any kind of fruit and veggies is to add a quarter cup of hydrogen peroxide to a gallon of water and a touch of dish washing detergent. Swish your veggies, or whatever around in this, and let sit for at least five minutes. It will kill any bacteria. Then you rinse the product really well. I have been doing this for about 17 years now. It seems to work for me. Try not to rinse ANY fruit or veggie in TAP water. The tap water turns the fruit acidic, and you don't need to be putting that into your body. Besides, chlorine and fluoride in tap water is really detramental to one's health. Many health experts (Udo Erasmus for one) say that the chlorine in tap water combines with two other natural chemicals in the water and causes a third chemical which can cause cancer. No wonder we are all dying of some weird disease even though we try to eat healthy. Organic ANYTHING will rot faster in your home because there is no preservatives to keep it from spoiling. Have you not heard of the 32 year old twinkie? Put some pepperoni in yer fridge..come back six months later...good as new...and we eat this on pizza every day. By the way, do you have a balcony or deck? Have you ever thought about a strawberry barrel? a bit of work but it's a fun thing to do..Cheers
@GreenMoo (11842)
1 Jun 08
Don't beleive anyone who tells you that strawberries NEED any pesticides. Mine see no chemicals at all, and they are delicious and look like little red jewels. They may not be as large as the store bought ones, but I bet they are tastier.