Saturday, November 20, 2010

Ponder Me This.

When you buy oranges from the grocery store, what do you expect them to contain?

My answer: peel, pulp, seeds, assorted vitamins and those little annoying stickers with the price code.

Alas this bag of oranges that I purchased on Thursday came with a label:

To maintain freshness, coated with food
grade vegetable, beeswax and/or shellac
based wax or resin. May be we treated with one
or more of the following: Thiabendazol,
Ortho phenylphenol, Imassali , Fludioxonil
and/or Pyrimerthanil.

I'd just as soon go without oranges, than buy oranges that come from so far away (ie South Africa) that they must be coated with dyes and waxes and one or more anti-fungicides in order to reach my kitchen table before spoiling.

We're not sure what to do with these oranges. Thinking about all the chemicals on the oranges' porous skin makes me nauseous. However it seems like a waste to throw them away. I might toss them in the compost heap, but I'm not sure they'll even decompose.


  1. Bummer! Are you sure maybe the fruit inside isn't okay? Bummer.

  2. They were just okay inside. Rather juiceless. Husband says (given time to harvest, transport & package) they were probably picked 6 weeks ago, so it's to be expected they aren't as nice as the Florida oranges we usually get.

  3. I think citrus fruits are all treated now with preservatives(as are most other foods). The WHO (United Nations) now controls all food sold in the USA, or soon will, I believe.
    (From Wikipedia:)
    The Codex Alimentarius (Latin for "Book of Food") is a collection of internationally recognized standards, codes of practice, guidelines and other recommendations relating to foods, food production and food safety. Its texts are developed and maintained by the Codex Alimentarius Commission, a body that was established in 1963 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).