The habit of buying vegetables from the Vendors, who come out on the streets with the produce is now a thing of the past.
I recall, some 50 years back, of cowherd woman coming on the streets around 6 am with an earthen pot containing Curds on her head, calling out Curds.
The curds would be rock solid and tasty.
Then followed the vegetable vendor with her basket filled up with garden fresh vegetables.
Then around 9 am we had a push cat rolling along with fresh fruits.
The rates, though quite cheap were negotiated upon.
I used to keep these vendors as a clock , especially the on calling out Curds ti wake me up for studying for the examinations.
These seem to be things of the past, possibly with the exceptions here and there in some villages.
Now one buys these things in an ir Conditioned show room , in packs.
The vegetables look glossy and inviting, the Curds in three-layered packs.
Are they tasty?
Are the fresh and healthy?
Natural vegetables are not very bright in color and would have dust settled on them, with some of them having a portion bit by Squirrels in the case of fruits and by insects in the case of vegetables.
Squirrel bitten fruits are very tasty.
Farmers inform me the vegetables that have the markings of insects having bitten the vegetables are likely to be healthy and tasty.
Now what we have wax quoted Apples, oil polished vegetables that are inviting.
Not to speak of the pesticides used to grow them.
All these are highly toxic and can harm you, landing you with infections to Kidney problems.
How to clean the vegetables and fruits we buy thus?
1.Wash the vegetables and fruits with 2 7 Salt Water solution.This removes residues of pesticide.
2.To remove tough remains, use hot water, or steam.
3.Peel the vegetables and fruits.
4.Use Pressure cooking.
5.Do not use used oils for cooking.
Never buy a visually appealing vegetable or fruit.
These simple steps shall ensure that you get pollutant free vegetables/Fruits.
Read the Dietary Guidelines for a Healthy food the Notification issued by National Institute of Nutrition, India at the following Link.