Have you ever heard of the Dirty Dozen? These are a dozen fruits and vegetables that contain the most pesticides. These are items you should grow yourself, buy organic or don't by at all.
The fruits and vegetables to beware of are:
apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, imported nectarines, imported grapes, sweet bell peppers, white potatoes, domestic blueberries, lettuce and kale/collard greens.
We once thought you could just wash these items thoroughly and that would take care of the problem. However, we learned that is not true.
So, all those apples we bought several months back.....
Live and learn. Now I have told you so you can't say you didn't know!