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Buy Organic, Especially these “Dirty Dozen” Fruits and Vegetables


Have you heard of the Dirty Dozen? I’m not talking about the 1967 movie starring Charles Bronson; this Dirty Dozen is a list of agriculture’s dirtiest pieces of produce. The following list of fruits and veggies ranks highest in pesticide residue. These chemicals are organophosphate insecticides, which are toxic to the nervous system. Make sure when you buy the following, you buy organic:

1. Apples

2. Celery

3. Sweet bell peppers

4. Peaches

5. Strawberries

6. Imported nectarines

7. Grapes

8. Spinach

9. Lettuce

10. Cucumbers

11. Domestic blueberries

12. Potatoes

And if you want to go a couple more down the list for good measure, eat these organic too:

+ Green beans

+ Kale/collard greens

Learn more from the Environmental Working Group.

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As soon as I get enough figs off my tree, I’m making this! I just ordered some netting so I have a fighting chance against the birds who keep poking holes in them.


According to my boyfriend, this is the most delicious thing he has eaten in the last few months. Isn’t that reason enough to make this salad? If a simple salad can please your boy more than Roast chicken with obscene amounts of garlic, Shakshuka, Momofuku pork buns or Lamb Ragout, don’t make a big effort anymore and just stick with the easy salads for this summer.

Its colours are bright and it looks so fresh and festive. Summer finally started in the Netherlands this week. It’s really sunny and hot and everyone ditched their jackets and long pants and switched to short skirts and trousers. This salad is really light, which is nice when it’s so hot and moreover, it helps you keep looking good in those short skirts.

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