WHAT THE BERRY?!
I find really hard to buy some organic produce in Singapore. Strawberries land in this space. Singapore supermarkets sell beautiful red, ripe strawberries from the US, Korea and Japan and other countries, so they are available almost all year round. Without adequate labelling, I can never tell if they are organically produced. I assume they are not organic. Organic strawberries also tend to be more easily bruised and ‘less pretty’ (my mind rings – GM possibility alert! – but that’s a different story).
I still buy them and get around the pesticide issue by using a Singapore-made organic food cleanser – ETL No.9 All Purpose Green Formula, made from natural and organic components and said to remove up to 98.6% of pesticide residue found on fruit and vegetables. I use them for dried food produce too, to remove whatever it is that keeps them ‘good’ for consumption.
The photo is of a batch of strawberries I bought from a Singapore supermarket in October 2017. Back home, I washed the strawberries with water first. Then I did a second and third wash with the ETL No.9 food cleanser. The picture was taken of the second wash, after the water rinse. Clearly the water wash was not enough!
I mentioned that I use ETL No.9 on dried foodstuff too. I’ll demonstrate a non-organic cashew nuts wash by separate post. Watch out for The Cashewnut Story!
Related articles: Strawberries remain at top of pesticide list – CNN Health (https://edition.cnn.com/2017/03/08/health/dirty-dozen-2017/index.html)