The Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen

When we first moved here, we purchased all our fruits and veggies through an organic food delivery company called Endless Harvest. Every week, a bin of fresh veggies and fruits were delivered right to our door. It was great! It cost about $35/week for two of us. And to be honest, I did really love it, but when we revisited our budget we decided to cut back on the home delivery. (I may start it up again but might just order every two weeks – I’ll keep you posted!)

Now, I try my best to buy organic at the grocery store. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I’m standing in the produce aisle wondering which is organic, where is it from and what is the better price. In this economy we all want the best bang for our buck and while I truly believe in spending a bit more on fresh, organic, non-pesticide covered produce, it can be hard on the wallet. A rule of thumb I go by is if you have to peel the fruit/vegetable to eat it, then you can usually get away with non-organic. If you eat the fruit/vegetable straight up, peel and all, you should buy organic.

Here’s a quick list from an article I read recently on what fruits and veggies you should be buying organic and when you can skip it.

When you MUST buy organic:
1. celery
2. peaches
3. strawberries
4. apples
5. domestic blueberries
6. nectarines
7. sweet bell peppers
8. spinach, kale and collard greens
9. cherries
10. potatoes
11. imported grapes
12. lettuce

When you can skip it:
1. onions
2. avocados
3. sweet corn
4. pineapples
5. mangoes
6. sweet peas
7. asparagus
8. kiwi fruit
9. cabbage
10. eggplant
11. cantaloupe
12. watermelon
13. grapefruit
14. sweet potatoes
15. sweet onions

It is always recommend you wash all your fruits and veggies thoroughly. I usually use a mixture of vinegar and cold water, soak them for a bit, then give them a good rinse! The vinegar taste will not transfer to your food, I promise! But it will kill any bacteria and wash away the pesticides.

Do you always buy organic or do you go for the best deal?

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  • mithriluna May 2, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    With a large family, it’s hard to purchase only organic. I get so excited when organic apples are on sale and are cheaper than the non-organic ones. Still I try my best to provide healthy meals for my family. Thanks for the list!

    • thehappyhealthfreak May 2, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      It can definitely get pricey! I can’t always buy organic either, I just do what I can and wash my produce really well 🙂


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