The most important organic fruits and vegetables to buy

A couple of years ago I found a list from the nice folks at FoodNews.org that helps you decide what organic food is worth the price and what isn’t. Because, while I love that so many stores have begun carrying Organic produce and products, the sad truth is that they are still going to sell us (consumers) whatever it is that we want to buy – whether we need it or not.

The list points out which fruits and veggies are filled with contaminants and pesticides and should be purchased Organic (or avoided) and which ones are pretty well okay to buy conventional.

So as a beginner to the Organic game, I suggest just focusing on purchasing the dirty 12 Organic. If you can afford to buy everything in your grocery cart organic, then great! But if not, you might as well focus your energies on that which will benefit you the most.

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The 12 most contaminated veggies and fruits

You should try to buy these organic if at all possible…

  • Apples
  • Bell Peppers
  • Celery
  • Cherries
  • Imported Grapes
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Potatoes
  • Red Raspberries
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries

The 12 cleanest fruits and veggies

These don’t need to be organic

  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Corn
  • Kiwi
  • Mangos
  • Onions
  • Papaya
  • Pineapples
  • Peas

In a perfect world, everything would be organic and we wouldn’t have to think about this. But when trying to budget for organic living, it can be very difficult so hopefully this guide will help you out like it has for me.

Any Organic shoppers out there have any other tips?

Comments

  1. You raise some interesting points about when to buy organic. However, the Organic Trade Association would caution people against the idea of limiting their organic purchases to the list of items you outline in this blog. While establishing such limits may help to reduce the size of your personal food budget, it misses an important point: buying organic is about more than keeping pesticides out of our bodies. It is about supporting a system of sustainable agricultural management that promotes soil health and fertility through the use of such methods as crop rotation and cover cropping, which nourish plants, foster species diversity, help combat climate change, prevent damage to valuable water resources, and protect farmers and farmers’ families from exposure to harmful chemicals. In this sense, buying organic is a commitment to the bigger, more complex picture of which our personal health is a part.

  2. OT, point taken. As you can probably tell from the article, my focus was on personal health – but you do bring up a good point! Thanks!

  3. I like to buy organic food for health reasons but have a limted budget, so its was an interesting read.

    I’m suspicious of things like olive oil and nuts. My family grows them in Portugal and never have needed to spray the trees. Isn’t it the case that most Olive Oil and nuts will be organic?

  4. Yeah, I was thinking about the same thing re olive oil. Would like to know.
    Beginning with my personal health is a priority with me, so the info was a great help. I will take the list with me next time I grocery shop.
    It was a great help to be reminded by Organic Trade that there is a bigger picture to not forget about. I thank both of you.

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  6. Hello
    good recommendation lists on what to buy organic or not organic…
    thanks

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