Ice Cream Flower

The flowers are made with strawberry and raspberry ice cream (red), vanilla ice cream (white), Alfonso mango sorbet (orange) and chocolate sorbet (brown).

98% Of Apples in USA Have Pesticide Residues

America’s second-most popular fruit – apples – climbed to the top of the “Dirty Dozen” list of fruits; in a yearly survey by the USDA (US Department of Agriculture), 98% of them were found to have pesticide residues, according to the Environmental Working Group, which released its seventh edition of EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce.

Researchers at the Environmental Working Group gathered data from the USDA and FDA (Food and Drug Administration) from 2000 to 2009. They ranked fruit and vegetables according to a composite score, which weighed six factors equally. These factors reflect how many pesticides were detected in testing, and at what levels. The majority of samples were washed and peeled before testing, reflecting what chemicals people might be ingesting when they eat them.

The health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure. You should not avoid eating fruit and vegetables, the authors of the report stress. The health benefits of eating five servings of fruit and vegetables each day far outweigh any health risks posed by their pesticide content. US health authorities insist that all pesticide contents in the fruit and vegetables tested were within recommended limits. The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticide in Produce will help you determine which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residues and are the most important to buy organic. You can lower your pesticide intake substantially by avoiding the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables and eating the least contaminated produce.

EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce ….

Duck Breast and Green Mango Salad



1/4 cup sesame oil
1/2 cup sushi vinegar
1/2 cup fresh mint
1/2 cup fresh parsley
1 tsp Dijon mustard


2 boneless duck breasts
2 Tbsp honey
1 cup balsamic vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tbsp minced ginger
2 Tbsp tequila
2 oranges, peeled and sliced
2 unripened mangoes, peeled and sliced
1 cup seasonal berries
1/2 cup roasted cashews
4 cups mixed greens



    In a blender, pulse all ingredients.


  1. Preheat oven to 425ºF.
  2. In a frying pan over medium heat, add honey, vinegar, garlic and ginger. Reduce to 1/3 of its volume. Add tequila and chill.
  3. Score duck breast skin in a criss-cross pattern. In a frying pan, sear over medium-high heat for 3-4 mins. Move to oven and cook for 7 mins.
  4. Remove duck from oven and baste with honey mixture. Return to oven and cook for 3 more mins. Allow to rest for a few mins and slice into 1/8″-thick slices. Chill.
  5. Toss greens, berries and oranges with dressing. Arrange on plate with duck and slices of mango. Drizzle with honey reduction and sprinkle with cashews.

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