It happens to us all the time with our CSA produce. I figure that a few bugs means the produce wasn't sprayed or washed. Unwashed produce usually lasts longer than its washed counterpart so that is a plus for me. To get bugs (especially the little green aphids) off of lettuce, soak the lettuce in a big sink full of cold, lightly salted water for 15-30 minutes. Rinse the leaves in clean water before spinning dry. Works like a charm for lettuce and other leafy veggies.
Thank you ladies. :o) Happy to hear it's "normal". lol I'm going back on Thurs so I will see if the lettuce is any better this week. Last night we had baked organic carrot fries (carrots cut up like fries mixed with a little EVOO and salt and baked. so good!) and salad made with the organic romaine and my oldest gobbled it up and asked for more! My youngest ate the salad but wouldn't touch the carrots. lol It feels good to know that I'm feeding them good stuff. I wish I had been interested in organic when they were babies. Better late than never though. :o)
This can be par for the course on some organic veggies, but not all. I shop at the farmers market a lot and have not encountered more than a bug or two over the last few years, but then again, I encounter them on my veggie plants in my garden all the time. Supermarket produce is usually cleaned or treated (even the organic) to remove those. I definitely understand how you feel and I get creeped out by crawly things myself, but I've definitely gotten somewhat used to it. I figure that bugs on produce means it's good and healthy. If they're not there, you may wonder why. :-) Maybe that mindset will help?
Yes, you can also soak these things to get the bugs off without having to deal with them as directly. Good suggestion there.
I first had this when I lived in Italy, half the time I bought lettuce, it had bugs, this from the supermarket. I was somewhat sensitive about it and soaked the leaves in vinegar-water before using, even though I know it's not a problem - at the same time, it was refreshing to see, I guess closer to nature, not so sterilized and packaged as American supermarkets tend to be. Still, a hassle to clean.
I don't generally get many bugs on lettuce from farmer's markets or my CSA, so perhaps it's just a once in a while thing. If it's a recurring problem, try some other stands. I'm sure you'll find one where, at least most of the time, there are no bugs.
Hello everyone! Today the family and I went down to our local Farmers Market to pick out produce for the week. This is new for us. I'm trying to make healtier changes for our family. I have a real adversion to bugs in/on my food (which I think is pretty normal) and when I was cleaning the organic lettuce I purchased I found all kinds of treasures. Little flies, a tiny slug with eggs I think and some weird little white bug. Is this normal for organic foods? There wasn't a ton of bugs but it still bothered me. Is this just because I'm used to the prewashed stuff at the supermarket or should I try another vendor next weekend? Of course I realize veggies are grown outside in the ground so there will be bugs involved but wasn't sure what is the norm for organic.
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