Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen

I think we’ve all been there: the internal dilemma one faces in the produce section when there is an organic option, and you wonder whether the price point is worth it. Should I buy organic fruits and vegetables? Or is the difference minimal?

Here is a simple breakdown of which fruits and vegetables are best to buy organic, and which are less important to buy organic.


This list contains the foods highest in pesticides and it’s best to choose organic:

  1. Celery
  2. Peaches
  3. Strawberries
  4. Apples
  5. Blueberries
  6. Nectarines
  7. Bell Peppers
  8. Spinach
  9. Cherries
  10. Kale and Collard Greens
  11. Potatoes
  12. Grapes

The CLEAN 15.

This list contains the foods lowest in pesticide use. Less important to buy organic.

  1. Onions
  2. Avocado
  3. Sweet corn
  4. Pineapple
  5. Mangoes
  6. Sweet peas
  7. Asparagus
  8. Kiwi
  9. Cabbage
  10. Eggplant
  11. Cantaloupe
  12. Watermelon
  13. Grapefruit
  14. Sweet potato
  15. Honeydew melon

Now, one other factor to consider is purchasing local food. There are many farmer’s markets popping up throughout Toronto, and many farms offer CSA baskets for delivery or pick-up. Although they may not be certified organic, most local farmers are passionate about the health of their food and the planet and employ techniques to keep their crops as biodynamic as possible.

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