The Clean Fifteen – Fruits and Vegetables You Don’t Have to Buy Organic

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Sugar peas at the LaGrande Farmers’ Market, LaGrande, Oregon

If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably interested in eating organic foods whenever possible. But let’s face it—availability isn’t always predictable, and prices can sometimes be 100% higher or more for organics.

Since I wrote last week about the “Dirty Dozen”—the 12 fruits and veggies we should try to eat organic whenever possible due to heavy pesticide loads, I was curious about whether certain produce types typically have lighter pesticide residues. Indeed, the Environmental Working Group has published a list of the safest conventionally-grown crops to consume from the standpoint of pesticide contamination:

  • Onions
  • Sweet corn
  • Pineapple
  • Avocado
  • Cabbage
  • Sweet peas
  • Asparagus
  • Mango
  • Eggplant
  • Kiwi
  • Cantaloupe (domestic)
  • Sweet potato
  • Grapefruit
  • Watermelon
  • Mushrooms

Of course, in my humble opinion the best produce of all includes the herbs, fruits and veggies we grow organically in our gardens. Check back this week for another great gardening book giveaway!


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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

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