Spring is great for so many things. ‘Tis the season for eating fresh and local produce.
Some of you may have seen the “Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen” of buying organic produce before, but the list has been updated and expanded. As many of us observe, organic produce appears to be much more expensive, but this is not always the case. A quick comparison at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, or your local grocery store will yield mixed results. At times, organic foods will be just a few pennies more per pound, at other times, it can be a few dollars more per pound. Here are some lists that will help you buy produce that you should be buying organic because of increased use of pesticides, and others that you can feel free to buy conventionally, as the pesticide use is much lower, or not harmful.
BUY ORGANIC: Apples, celery, sweet bell peppers, peaches, strawberries, imported nectarines, grapes, spinach, lettuce, cucumbers, domestic blueberries, potatoes,cherry tomatoes,summer squash- newly added: green beans, kale and collard greens
OK TO BUY NON-ORGANIC: Onions, sweet corn (but may be GMO), pineapples, avocado, cabbage, sweet peas, asparagus, mangos, eggplant, kiwi, cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, grapefruit, watermelon, mushrooms , papayas
I combined 2 lists here, as I got this information from multiple sources, but they were the same except for a 2 or 3 items.
A good way to be sure your produce is local and organic is buying community shares in a local farm that specializes in organic produce. A quick web search will bring up many in this areas under local organic farm in Massachusetts.
Check out this website for more complete information- http://greatist.com/health/dirty-dozen-fruits-veggies-042413.
Eat well and be healthy!