How to Determine What Produce to Buy Organic

Posted by Jennifer (the RD) on January 13, 2012


As a result of being frustrated with the cost of organic produce, I have opted to go with an organic home delivery service for the majority of my fruits and vegetables. It is much cheaper and also forces me to prepare veggies I wouldn’t have ordinarily chosen to purchase on my own. However, I do still supplement my deliveries with produce from the supermarket. As you know, the high price of organic food can be discouraging. The Environmental Working Group released their lists of the dirtiest (most pesticides) and the cleanest (least pesticides) fruits and vegetables. Here they are:
1. Apples
2. Celery
3. Strawberries
4. Peaches
5. Spinach
6. Nectarines (imported)
7. Grapes (imported)
8. Sweet bell peppers
9. Potatoes
10. Blueberries (domestic)
11. Lettuce
12. Kale/collard greens


1. Onions
2. Sweet corn
3. Pineapples
4. Avocado
5. Asparagus
6. Sweet peas
7. Mangoes
8. Eggplant
9. Cantaloupe (domestic)
10. Kiwifruit
11. Cabbage
12. Watermelon
13. Sweet potatoes
14. Grapefruit
15. Mushrooms

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