An environmental watchdog group put together a list which defines what fruits and vegetables are worst and best according to how much pesticide residue they have.
The worst of the worst in this regard are apples which would have been my guess. Anyone who has ever planted an apple tree and hoped to pick those beautiful fruits in the fall was quickly defeated by wormy and spotted apples. Apple trees are hard, the fruit is so susceptible to leaf spot, worms, and other things that it's no wonder pesticides are used.
I'd say wash the produce well before using. Captain Obvious.
Here are the worst:
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Nectarines - Imported
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Snap Peas - Imported
And the best with the least pesticide residue
- Sweet corn
- Sweet peas - frozen
- Sweet potatoes
I wonder why the difference in regular potatoes and sweet potatoes, don't they both grow under ground? And, most, but not all, the produce in the first group are the kind which are eaten with the skin while the best items are not. Except for the sweet potatoes.