Now if all the fruit and vegetables that you consume are organic because a) you are loaded or b) you skip holidays, presents and restaurant visits because eating healthy is the most important thing to you or c) you grow all your own veg then great, you can skip this next part and just scroll down to the recipe.
But if you’re like me, you would love to be able to buy all your food organic but sometimes you just can’t afford it. (About 60% of all the food I buy is fruit and vegetables and all organic would get quite expensive) What is one to do?….I found this very useful list that can help one to optimise their organic purchases.
The Environmental Working group (EWG) is an American non-profit organisation whose mission, according to their website, is “to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment. “The EWG comes out with a list every year of the fruit and veg with most pesticides ( Dirty Dozen ) and the least pesticides ( Clean Fifteen ) Armed with this on your phone or in your wallet when you go shopping you know where you have to go organic (or if that’s not possible perhaps go for an alternative) Apples, strawberries and grapes are fruits that my kids eat several times a week. I certainly will ALWAYS buy them organic in the future!
The Dirty Dozen+ (Always Buy Organic)
On the +list ( did not meet traditional Dirty Dozen criteria but were commonly contaminated with pesticides exceptionally toxic to the nervous system)
Collards and kale
Summer squash and zucchini
The Clean Fifteen (OK to buy non-organic)
Sweet peas (frozen)
So we are eating figs tonight. They are not on the EWG list and I am not sure how they fare in terms of pesticides, so googled it. There isn’t a definite good or bad. People were saying that they are easy to grow and aren’t attacked by a lot of pests so hence shouldn’t have a lot of pesticides…..I went organic anyway : )
Found this truly lovely recipe on a beautiful website called a subtle Revelry, so simple and so delicious. We’ve been eating them 2 days in a row!
Goat cheese and pistachio figs
4 fresh figs (halved)
8 teaspoons of soft goat cheese
4 tablespoons of pistachios (finely chopped)
black pepper to taste
1 tablespoons of honey
2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar ( I prefer to use Balsamic vinegar of Modena cream)
Place the halved figs on a plate and press 1 small teaspoon of goats cheese on top. Sprinkle the chopped pistachios and pepper. Whisk together honey and balsamic vinegar. Drizzle the mixture over the figs.
Figs are very nutritious. High in potassium, fibre, good for eye sight and more. Definitely worth eating more of!