Last month I posted about the nasty “dirty dozen” – the 12 produce items that are most likely to hang onto pesticides after harvest. (yea. ewww… dirty produce with chemicals.) Those are the ones you WANT to buy organic.
Well, I had some readers ask me about the other side of the story. Are there items that we DON’T need to buy organic? Well, you bet there are! For some produce there isn’t an advantage to using pesticides because the bugs and critters don’t like them or tough outer skins make them too much of a challenge. Even when not organically grown, they consistently test negative for pesticides, year after year.
So, with the holidays around the corner, maybe you’ll be entertaining, taking a potluck dish somewhere or you’re just keeping an eye on your grocery store budget (aren’t we all!). So let me not deprive you of some more great info and give you the low-down on the ones that To Buy or Not To Buy Organics dubs its “clean fifteen” (the “DON’T” bother buying these organics list):
- Asparagus - Mango
- Avocados - Onions
- Bananas - Papaya
- Blueberries - Pineapple
- Broccoli - Shelling peas
- Cabbage - Sweet corn
- Garlic - Watermelon
Next time you’re at the grocery store (and many of us will be, since we don’t have access to locally grown produce this time of year!) put your cart in high gear and drive right out of the organics section for this produce…
And feel grateful for the “picky”, “lazy” bugs that just have no interest in bugging some of our favorite produce.