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Old 12-06-2011, 08:16 PM
 
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I just read that an apple a day might be the worst thing for you because they are sprayed with pestisides. would peeling the apple make it safe to eat or is the pesticide inside the apple also?
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Old 12-06-2011, 08:28 PM
 
Location: On the sunny side of a mountain
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Many of vitamins are contained in the skin and just below it. Simply buy organic and avoid the pesticide issue.
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Old 12-06-2011, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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Yep.
Go organic.
They're more expensive but worth it.
And as people increasingly insist on organic produce, prices will go down.
With non-organic apples, it's better to peel the skin but i'm not sure that you'll avoid all of the pesticides and, as Dogmama said, you'll lose a lot of nutrients.
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Old 12-06-2011, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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According to this month's issue of Consumer Reports, the problem is the pesticides formerly used remain in the ground for long periods and get into produce grown in that soil. Like arsenic.

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Old 12-06-2011, 09:49 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Eat them. The chemicals that are sprayed onto apple trees are applied before the apple forms, to kill the organisms that can attack the apple when they and it mature. The chemical rinses off and/or become inert by the time the fruits form.
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Old 12-06-2011, 10:00 PM
 
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Do not forget about waxing!
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Old 12-07-2011, 06:07 AM
 
Location: zone 5
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^Those waxy, perfect apples are the worst. The wax makes the chemicals harder to wash off. If you can't buy organic, look for less shiny apples, with little spots! The spots show they haven't been treated as much. Red Delicious apples usually seem the worst for that. The growers seem to really go for an apple that looks perfect.
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Old 12-07-2011, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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I hate red delicious apples. I swear that used to be the only thing available in any store in Texas.

The variety nowadays is pretty incredible.

In my opinion, nothing beats a good macintosh; I wish they were happy with a 9b chill cycle.

Ambrosia is pretty danged good, too.
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Old 12-07-2011, 01:38 PM
 
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I love Ambrosia apples. Fuji too.
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Old 12-07-2011, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I hate red delicious apples. I swear that used to be the only thing available in any store in Texas.

The variety nowadays is pretty incredible.

In my opinion, nothing beats a good macintosh; I wish they were happy with a 9b chill cycle.

Ambrosia is pretty danged good, too.
The downside of McIntosh, is that they are the quickest to degenerate into a soft, tasteless, mealy apple. If you don't get them very quickly after harvest, they are the worst of apples, even worse the the dreaded Delicious.

Recently, here, Gala were quite good and inexpensive, with a fairly decent shelf life.

If I can get fresh-picked applies within a day of picking, I can eat a half a bushel in a week or so, no matter what the variety is. Otherwise, I usually don't subject myself to the disappointment of buying applies.
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