Organic Oranges

Reply Sat 28 Nov, 2009 12:19 pm
Is eating oranges not labeled "organic" advisable if I cut the skin off?
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Merry Andrew
Reply Sat 28 Nov, 2009 12:25 pm
Well, I would hope that you'd "cut the skin off" (i.e. peel) any orange before you eat it, whether labeled organic or not. Why would you eat an orange with the skin?

All oranges are 'organic.' They come off trees, for Pete's sake.
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Reply Sat 28 Nov, 2009 01:50 pm
I tried to Google any article that may suggest that the pesticides might leach into the orange through the seemingly porous orange peel but I came up empty.

The absence of any such articles isn't proof that the possibility of pesticide contamination isn't still a valid concern. So buyer beware.

What I did find was advice to at least rinse the outside of the orange off before diving into the fruit. However, if your goal was to turn the peel into marmalade then ante up for the organic product.
Reply Sat 28 Nov, 2009 05:21 pm
I used to do ground-water research on orange groves near my phosphate mine areas in FLa. We found that oranges are some of the least sprayed fruits around. They use stuff like Krovar to remove undergrowth beneath the orange bushes and mitacides in detergent (soapy water and oil mixes) to repel mites that cause scab. Otherwise these fruits are as natural as anything. They mostly pick em greenish and then ripen em on the trains up with ethylene gas .

ONIONS, now those suckers are soakin in pestislimes mostly because they mostly grow em in muck.
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