Reading about all the pesticides and herbacides in fruits and vegetables, I finally scared myself. I decided to start buying organic versions of the produce that has the highest chemicals levels when grown in commercial farms. This week I started with a beautiful head of organic lettuce that came with impressive credentials. Grown hydroponically, it stated in no less than three languages that had been grown without pesticides.
It was a real beauty, like a giant green rose. First I made a simple salad with a light vinegrette. As soon as I tossed the salad, the leaves collapsed into a pale green sludge. The next day I put a leaf on a tuna salad sandwich, and the lettuce tasted thin and bitter. After two bites, I pried open the sandwich, took out the lettuce and threw it away.
I thought that organic foods were supposed to taste fresher and better. Am I making some kind of organic newbie mistake? Are there different brands of organic fruits and vegetables? Does anyone know good organic sources in NYC?