Organic produce tends to be more expensive than conventionally grown. While conventionally grown can be kinder to the wallet, it can also harbor more pesticide residuals and can be potentially harmful to our health. So when should you buy organic?
Many types of produce have an outer peel. This peel can be removed which eliminates the pesticides that were on the outer surface. Citrus fruits, pineapple, bananas, melon, onions and bananas are all examples of produce that would not be on the top of the list to buy organic.
Produce with an edible skin is more of a concern. Choose organic for the following produce as they may contain the highest amounts of pesticide residuals:
Fruit: apples, cherries, imported grapes, nectarines, peaches, strawberries
Vegetables: bell peppers, carrots, celery, lettuce, potatoes, spinach
Remember to clean all produce before eating. Rinsing produce reduces, but does not eliminate pesticides. Fruit and vegetable wash will get rid of more pesticides than rinsing alone. Another option would be to make your own wash by combining one part vinegar to three parts water and placing in a spray bottle. Make sure you rinse the produce well to eliminate any after taste from the vinegar.