Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tasty Tuesdays : the dirty dozen

I am lucky to have access to fresh, pesticide free produce just down the street. We live on the border of a farming area! So it is relatively easy for us to eat clean fresh food. Eating organic is of course a good idea for many reasons, not just for us, but for the environment, farmers and even livestock. BUT eating organic is EXPENSIVE!

There is a list available that shows the worst offenders in pesticide use and the best/closest to organic without being organic! I shop for produce with this list in hand. I buy the "dirty dozen' organically grown and local too (if I can), and the "clean fifteen" I buy whatever is on sale.

Here is a link to a downloadable PDF so you can have a wallet sized card with both lists on it!

The lists are as follows.....
The "Dirty Dozen" - buy these organic whenever you can!!!
  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Strawberries
  4. Peaches
  5. Spinach
  6. Imported Nectarines
  7. Imported Grapes
  8. Sweet Bell Peppers
  9. Potatoes
  10. Domestic Blueberries
  11. Lettuce
  12. Kale/Collard Greens

The "Clean Fifteen" - buy whatever is on sale!
  1. Onions
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Avocado
  5. Asparagus
  6. Sweet Peas
  7. Mangoes
  8. Eggplants
  9. Domestic Cantaloupe
  10. Kiwi
  11. Cabbage
  12. Watermelon
  13. Sweet Potatoes
  14. Grapefruit
  15. Mushrooms


  1. we'll get along great! I almost did a post on this, but geared towards better yogurts instead. We are on the organic bandwagon... it's a change of lifestyle but a worth while one! :) have a great day!

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