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The Dirty Dozen

whole foods producephoto credit: miamism

Organic Smorganic is what my grandmother would have probably have said if you told her we now label foods. However she was the first to run to every market to buy what was fresh from the farm, so maybe she was just a lady a head of her time.

When Sarah was little her best friends mom was from California where everyone always seemed to care about fresh food and what they put in their bodies. Her friends mom’s brother owned a Grocery chain out there and she was the first person to introduce me to the “organic lifestyle” but that was almost 22 years ago and we only had one organic market in the area; then a second popped up, then Fresh Fields came to town to become Whole Foods, and then the grocery stores got hit with the bug and began to carry organic foods. Organic foods are harvested without pesticides and for some reason are more costly, actually I’m not sure why if they are grown in “pure” soil and meats don’t use hormones’, however that is another discussion, the fact is they are more costly but the question is does one need to pay the premium to buy everything organic?

After a bit of research I’m letting you know which you should spend the extra dollars on and which foods you can buy from the good old veggie/fruit section..

The Dirty Dozen:
These are the top 12 fruit-and-veggie offenders for pesticide residue.

1.    Peaches
2.    Apples
3.    Bell Peppers
4.    Celery
5.    Nectarines
6.    Strawberries
7.    Cherries
8.    Kale
9.    Lettuce
10.  Grapes (imported)
11.  Carrots
12.  Pears

Kitchen Tip: Since organic foods can be pricey, offset the cost by buying these fruits and veggies when they are “in season”.

Run ups:
Other veggies that ranked high are:

  • collard greens
  • spinach
  • potatoes.

Some Food for Thought:

Hit up your local farmers markets- often times smaller farms don’t have to use the same types or amounts of pesticides as large farms that service grocery stores. Talk to your local farmer at farm markets to find out how he or she uses pesticides.

Kitchen Tip: To decrease the amount of pesticide residue even further wash produce well before using.

This is just another reason to love local farmers markets. What do you splurge on?