Welcome to my buying organic produce Guide. So you’re convinced that you should buy organic produce, but you’re wondering if it matters MORE with some foods than others. Well, friend, you’re on the right track here. I personally try to get as much organic produce as possible not just because I believe that it is better for me. Also because I want to support organic farming and I know that it is better for the earth.

Not all produce should be treated equally!

There are certain produce that I will buy conventional if organic is not available (and if my recipe for dinner absolutely depends on it). At the same time, there are certain produce that I absolutely always buy organic. Because I know that these are usually sprayed more heavily or that type of fruit or vegetable is very susceptible to absorbing and storing the toxins from the pesticides. Did you know that there’s a code on your produce that lets you know whether it’s organic or not?  I’ve got the code and I’m sharing it with you here on my post on Produce Labels Decoded. I’ve got an added note here that with all produce I do my best to avoid all GMOs, I do not want to support the GMO industry.

So back to the Organic vs. Non-Organic shopping list. Below you’ll see my personal buying organic produce guide that I stick to. Sure they don’t encompass all fruits and vegetables but these are the ones that are on the far ends of the spectrum. Plus these lists give you some insight into how you might want to treat similar fruits and veggies. Again I always try to buy organic but these lists represent the items I will NOT buy unless they are organic; and the items that I am cool with buying conventional if organic is just not an option that day.

Must buy Organic

  • Strawberries
  • Kale
  • Bell Peppers
  • Spinach
  • Apples
  • Peaches
  • Celery
  • Tomatoes
  • Grapes
  • Cherries
  • Cucumbers
  • Corn (90+% of corn in the US is GMO)

You’ll notice that my ‘Have to buy Organic’ List includes a lot of fruits and vegetables that have thin peels/skins. This is where the danger lies, the chemicals seep through the thin skin and into the produce itself. Plus most of these foods are eaten whole (with their peel/skin on). This is a good guide for you to use on produce that is not shown in either list. If it has a thin peel or skin or is eaten whole I would not buy it conventionally grown.

Can buy Conventional

  • Onions
  • Eggplant
  • Mangoes
  • Papayas
  • Cauliflower
  • Melons
  • Peas
  • Avocados
  • Pineapples
  • Asparagus
  • Kiwi
  • Grapefruit

Just as with the other list you’ll notice that in my ‘Don’t have to buy Organic’ List there are a lot of produce that share a certain quality. They are peeled before eaten and also have rather thick skins/peels. The thicker peels helps to protect the part we actually eat from chemicals a bit more. Again this is a good guide for you to use when considering other produce that are not on my lists here.

Wash it Buddy!

Alright, we’re in the homestretch here but I do want to say just how important it is for you to wash your produce. If you want to know more about why and my personal methods and ‘produce wash’ check out my post on washing your produce.

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