Once again, it’s strawberries and spinach that make the top annual list of the Dirty Dozen fruits and veggies that contain the highest levels of pesticides. Kale, collard and mustard greens, nectarines, apples, grapes, and bell and hot peppers follow.
Cherries came in at No. 8 on the list of the 12 most contaminated foods with peaches, pears, celery and tomatoes
Cherries came also came in at No. 8 this year on the list of the 12 most contaminated foods, with peaches, pears, celery and tomatoes rounding out the list. [Environmental Working Group's 2022 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce]
This is my way of enjoying my fruits and veggies without adding stress to my life. I use white vinegar which can dissolve chemicals such as pesticides present on the skin of fruits and veggies. The acid in vinegar can also kill about 98 percent of bacteria on your produce.
My instructions Add 1 cup of white vinegar and submerge your fruits and vegetables in the water. Let soak for 15 minutes. Drain the water and give the produce a quick rinse. To dry, lay the produce out on a kitchen towel until completely dry or hand dry each piece individually.