12 Fruits and Vegetables that You Should Buy Organic

Published in Diet tips, Green Living Tips on 10th November 2012

In the supermarket there are many fruits and vegetables, which are produced by both conventional or organic growing methods.

Conventionally grown fruits and vegetables are generally cheaper so it might appeal to consumers.

However there are some that you should buy organic due to consistently high levels of pesticides present for those grown conventionally.  

I have included here a list1 published by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) a non-profit research organisation, which serves to educate consumers in selecting the correct options and spending right on the fruits and vegetables available in the market.

This is because based on tests conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration have shown that conventionally grown options for these produce contain consistently high levels of pesticides therefore when purchasing these produce it will be safer and more healthier if organic versions are purchased.

This list of fruits and vegetables is christened the Dirty Dozen™ by EWG whereas for the other list, the Clean Fifteen™ contains those that one can consider choosing those grown conventionally thus still enjoying healthier options and saving money as well.   

The Dirty Dozen™ are as follows:

Peaches, Apples, Grapes, Pears, Nectarines, Cherries, Strawberries, Lettuce, Sweet Bell Peppers, Celery, Spinach and Potatoes

For the other set of fruits and vegetables aka the Clean Fifteen™ containing the least level of pesticides and is safe to buy those that are conventionally grown include: 

Onions, Avocadoes, Frozen Sweet Corn, Pineapples, Mangoes, Asparagus, Frozen Peas, Kiwi Bananas, Cabbage, Broccoli and Papayas. 


1)http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/(accessed 2/11/2014)

(Last Updated 02/11/2014)