Top 15 Fruits and Vegetables to Buy and Eat Organic

Strawberries signal springtime

March, for me, always signals the start of spring. Cut daffodils start appearing in the grocery store, along with baskets of ripe strawberries and bundles of tender asparagus. The produce may look gorgeous, but according to the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit research group based in Washington, D.C., certain conventionally grown foods retain higher levels of pesticides. The U.S.D.A. also puts out a list about produce that retains higher pesticide levels. After combining the lists and eliminating the duplicates, here is a master list of the 15 foods you should try to buy and eat organic if possible:

  1. Strawberries
  2. Cherries
  3. Peaches
  4. Apples
  5. Apricots
  6. Cantaloupe from Mexico*
  7. Nectarines
  8. Pears
  9. Imported grapes
  10. Red raspberries
  11. Spinach
  12. Bell peppers
  13. Green Beans
  14. Celery
  15. Potatoes

*Our world-famous Colorado Rocky Ford melons are so sweet and delicious — be sure to look for those at the store!

Here’s to healthier eating,

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

5 comments to Top 15 Fruits and Vegetables to Buy and Eat Organic

  • I’ve tried to grow strawberries several times at home however, the birds and ants eat them before I can harvest them. I also look at labels on fruit and try not to buy anything from Mexico, they do not have the same standards as in the US.

  • eliza_cross

    That’s a good point, Kevin, especially coming from you because you really do grow and process much of your household’s food. Readers, you’ll love Kevin’s site – http://www.kevinkossowan.com/ where he shares great photos and postings about sustainable living.

  • Thankfully, many of the items on the list are easily grow-able at home. So for those saying ‘yeah, but..organic is expensive and I can’t afford it’ – grow it!

  • It always seems to be the thin-skinned fruits and veggies that absorb the most pesticides. I don’t know if I’d ever remember this list, but remembering them as thin-skinned versus thick will help me decide when to buy organic. Thanks for this reminder!

  • I like this article on fruit – I have seen way too many people spend way too much money on organics when they will just peel off the only part that matters. It makes no sense to buy the grapefruit and just peel off the organic part.
    Also, I used to live in denver, and Love rocky fords – they are sooo good.

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