I'm travelling to South East Asia this fall, and will probably hang around for a while, perhaps even years, but I'm concerned about eating greens there! When I was in Thailand last year I can't say I was tempted to eat those greens lying on the tables in the markets full of flies and stuff. Plus, can I find organic? And if I do, I wanna wash it, but how? With bottled water??
Can anyone share some insights, experiences or wisdom in regards to this issue?
Thanks a lot!
thanks! Do you find any clean organic greens that you don't need to wash though?
Anyone with experience from Asia on this issue?
I am on Koh Phangan, Thailand. There are two organic shops in the main town that I know about, one that does more packet stuff but has a fridge with some greens and the other has more locally grown fruit and veg but availability is variable. I am just eating a 'Organic Thailand' certified Green Ork Lettuce- 55 Baht for 200g packet. Not sure about the rest of Thailand though, imagine there will be organic available in most popular places. You can wash it with bottled water if you wish. Only 20 Baht for a big reverse osmosis treated bottle, think around 20 Litres.
Imagine it is Green Oak lettuce rather than Green Ork! But that is what is printed on the packet.:)
Yeah that sounds good, we will find out on our way! But say we find some nice organic lettuce on an open market, flies and everything around, is it safe to eat?
I would think so. Are you worried about flies, eggs, larvae etc. on the greens? Most of my fruit has been exposed to lots of fruit flies so sure I have eaten lots of fly eggs. I generally cut out all the bits that I see with larvae moving around in them. Just something you get used to. Don't think eating them is unsafe in anyway, just not vegan.:)
Not really worried about that no...gotten used to all the eggs and larvae by now...:)
But the flies may carry disease right? I mean, first they sit on a piece of shit, then on my salad, not a nice combo!
I hadn't really thought about that. My first reaction is that it seems like a natural process so maybe being exposed to some level of bacteria is a good thing i.e. keeps immune system strong. But I have not researched this.
Ok thanks for your input!!