Beautiful Apples Everywhere
Apples are appearing right now. I love the two times of year when apples are fresh off the trees in my backyard and at the local Co-op or Farmer’s Markets!
Hopefully you are just as lucky and can pick up local produce near you. Yet, if you happen to be shopping at a more traditional grocery store you may wonder how to identify your apples.
You can learn a lot about all produce by looking at the sticker. If the number has five digits and starts with 9 – yea! it’s organic – meaning this apple is grown within the USDA organic standards. Most of all this is really important to your health with apples. Apples are consistently one of the top foods that absorb pesticides and herbicide residue. You can always find the most updated list of the “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean 15” at the Environmental Working Groups website. In 2018, apples are number four.
If the number has five digits and starts with 8 – boo! it’s genetically modified.
If the number only has four digits then the apple was grown using traditional or conventional standards including pesticides and herbicides.
The adhesive on stickers is considered “food-grade” but definitely wash the apple and don’t eat the sticker – not “food- grade”.
The next 2-3 digits identify the country of origin.
In conclusion, obviously I would always prefer you’re eating local food but it can be an interesting investigative moment when you’re shopping if you know where the apple is actually coming from.
00-13 = United States & Canada
30-37 = France
40-44 = Germany
49 = Japan
50 = United Kingdom
57 = Denmark
64 = Finland
76 = Switzerland and Liechtenstein
93 = Australia
471 = Taiwan
480 = Philippines
628 = Saudi-Arabia
629 = United Arab Emirates
690-695 = China
740-745 = Central America
750 = Mexico