I love summer for the produce. Even in NYC, which is seriously sub-par to California, I eat so much more fresh fruits and veggies during the summer months and pay so much less. Whole Foods certainly throws into perspective the price difference between organic and non-organic produce. While I think Whole Foods prices are particularly suspect (farmers’ markets and CSAs are ways to get delicious organic & local produce for less), it’s hard to find affordable organic produce year round. So, I bring you the dirty dozen: a list of produce that you should try to eat organic because it is most commonly filled with pesticides. Fortunately, there is also a list of produce that is consistently clean, for those of us on a budget or with limited access to organic produce.
I first saw this list in NY Spirit, and was delighted to see it again in my new subscription to Nutrition Action (thanks, Linds!). One thing that Nutrition Actions points out is that eating fruits and vegetables (PERIOD) is more important than anything else. An important reminder for me, because sometimes I can get so caught up in trying to eat organic that I might miss out on eating as many fruits and veggies as I should. In any case, this list should help. Drumroll….
The Dirty Dozen: Peaches, Apples, Sweet Bell Peppers, Celery, Nectarines, Strawberries, Cherries, Pears, Grapes (imported), Spinach, Lettuce, Potatoes (Carrots were up there to)
The Consistently Clean: Papaya, Broccoli, Cabbage, Bananas, Kiwi, Sweet Peas, Asparagus, Mango, Pineapples, Sweet Corn, Avocado (YES!), Onions (Blueberries weren’t terrible either)