The list of 12 fruits and veggies you MUST buy organic

I try my best to feed the familia healthy, good tasting and interesting food that doesn’t come out of a box or can whenever possible.  We do most of our shopping in the outer perimeter of the grocery store where all the healthy foods are located.  I support our local Farmer’s Markets from June until October and sneak in fruits and veggies in our family meals…when I get the opportunity to cook that is.  My wonderful mother in law lives with us so she cooks most of our dinners-traditional Puerto Rican almost every day.  There are a lot of rice and beans in my life!  So anyway, I’ve realized that it’s not enough.

Lately, I’ve been hearing about a list, some call, “The Dirty Dozen.”

The FDA recently came out with a listing of the top 12 fruits and veggies that retain the highest levels of pesticides even after washing them.


Here they are:

  • Apples

  • Cherries

  • Grapes, imported

  • Nectarines

  • Peaches

  • Pears

  • Raspberries

  • Strawberries

  • Bell peppers

  • Celery

  • Potatoes

  • Spinach/lettuce

    There you go…you have the knowledge…now go do something about it!



dane county farmers market

Dane County Farmers Market– The largest producer-only Farmer’s Market in the country.



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