Know what you are buying !!

How you will identify whether your food is Organic/Natural or not.

Appearance and looks

Naturally and Organically grown vegetables and fruits are easy identify by its shape, looks and appearance. No two items will look identical. That means if you take two tomatoes, they will be of different size, different shape and different colour. Two mangoes will not ripe at the same time and they will not have the same colour and that means they are organic.

Natural in Size

Fruits and Vegetables will come in their natural size, that is if tomatoes are grown by Organic/Natural method its size and weight will not be more than 90-100 gm.  And if they are grown by using chemical fertilizers they will have size and weight almost twice than the natural ones.

 

Way of Ripening

Organic fruits will ripe naturally i.e. beginning from the inside to outer side. For example in Organic/Natural mango fruit the part near the seed will ripe first, then it will slowly ripen from inside continuing to the outer side and lastly the bark will ripen. In Artificial ripening techniques firstly the bark will ripen and then the inner part will ripe because of an external application.

Presence of Insect

If you happen to find insects in vegetables, fruits, grains or in dal that means it’s organic/natural. Because even the insects know that non-organic food is just not edible. So next time you see any worms don’t freak out; all you need to do is wash the fruits and vegetables and in case of grains dry them under the sun. Insects don’t contaminate your food, pesticides do. Similarly, if you see a few holes in leaves of the greens you are buying, pick up that bunch because it means they are pesticide free. And one thumb rule to follow with greens is that after washing them well, rinse them in salt water for two-three minutes. This helps remove germs and residue.

Taste

Organic/Natural is just tastier. This food will give you the natural taste. When you cook organic vegetables, you will realize that you need fewer spices as there is so much natural flavour. Similarly, organic fruits are juicier as they ripen naturally. Otherwise, fruits are usually plucked when green and then gassed to ripen and increase shelf life. In case of bananas, your taste buds will peak up as artificially grown bananas contain more water due to the spraying of acetylene gas. Unfortunately, most fruits today are artificially ripened and apples contain maximum pesticides. The adage ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ is actually applicable only to organic apples.

Smell/Aroma

The aroma and texture of organic food is totally different — very potent, in fact. Organic spices, for instance, will have a strong aroma and flavour as they retain their oil content. In non-organic spices, the oils have been extracted and sold separately so they are devoid of any oil. Plus they are usually adulterated, so you need to use more to get the same result. Try ajwain/laung/zeera… just eat it raw and you’ll know the difference. Your tongue will have a strong sensation after half a teaspoon of organic ajwain. Similarly, organic apples have a divine fragrance; keep a crate of organic apples in the house to find out.

Cook Faster

Organically grown food always cooks much faster; in fact, if you are a multi-tasker, be careful as you might just burn the dish if you go out to peep in the garden while it is cooking. Food with pesticides needs to be cooked for a much longer period.

Healthier

Organic food is healthier is far lighter for the digestive system and also helps reduce acidity and gas related issues. You will feel a perceptible difference soon enough.