Organic Fruit & Veggies – Which ones should we buy?

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If you’re on a budget like me then it is hard to buy all organic. Whole Foods is the store I dream about buying my entire grocery list from instead of picking up a few things here and there. 

As I’m browsing through the produce section I know that there are certain fruits and veggies that I should definitely buy organic because the pesticide level used on them is higher. I know the ‘if the peel is inedible no need to buy organic’ rule but I never seem to remember more than that.

So here I am posting the list of items that contain lower levels of pesticides and if you are watching your wallet like we are then you might want to skip the organic.

Onions ~ Avocado ~ Corn ~ Pineapple ~ Mango ~ Asparagus ~ Sweet Peas ~ Kiwi ~ Cabbage ~ Eggplant ~ Papaya ~ Watermelon ~ Broccoli ~ Tomatoes ~ Sweet Potatoes
Which fruits and veggies should we buy organic because of higher pesticides?

Here is the list of  ones that contain the highest level of pesticides and you should buy organic.

Peach ~ Apple ~ Bell Peppers ~ Celery ~ Nectarine ~ Strawberries ~ Cherries ~ Kale ~ Lettuce ~ Imported Grapes ~ Carrots ~ Pears


One question that is always on my mind too – 
I see organic strawberries but they are from California. I live on the east coast. Do I buy them over the conventional package grown locally?
A Whole Foods representative answered this question on ~

“I would probably purchase a local nonorganic tomato before I would purchase an organic one that was shipped from California,” He called the two tomatoes “an environmental wash,” since the California one had petroleum miles on it while the nonorganic one was grown with pesticides. “But the local tomato will be fresher, will just taste better,” he said.

But he goes on to say that a veggie like a hard squash has months of storage life so he’d choose the organic one in California.


Trivia question for you – I’ve been posting about Pumpkins this week – Where do you think they fall in the level of pesticides? Should we buy organic?

I’ll post the answer on Facebook later tonight! 🙂

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