12 Foods You Should Always Buy Organic
August 17, 2011
The dirtiest of all, apples ring in at number one — make sure to buy these organic before biting into one or there might be a reenactment of Snow White.
Recipe to Try: Rosemary Apple Chicken
Rounding out at number two, celery has a high level of pesticide residue, which is difficult to wash away because it doesn't have a protective layer of skin. It's a great snack with some peanut butter or just as is, but it's definitely a food worth buying organic.
Strawberries are a great source of minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants — don't counteract all of that goodness by eating strawberries coated in pesticides.
Recipe to Try: Strawberry Lemonade
Full of vitamin C, folate, and fiber, peaches are irresistable during the summer months when they're in season at local farmers' markets. During the other months of the year, buy these fruits organic.
Story to Read: 5 Things to do with Peaches, Other Than Pie
6. Imported Nectarines
Sweet nectarines can be bought locally when in season, but make sure to buy imported ones organic.
Recipe to Try: Grilled Nectarines with Proscuitto di Parma
7. Imported Grapes
Grapes make a wonderful addition to any meal alone or pickled like in the recipe below.
Recipe to Try: Watermelon, Feta, and Pickled Grapes
8. Sweet Bell Peppers
Colorful bell peppers have a great crunch to them raw, but also benefit from being grilled or roasted like in the recipe below.
Recipe to Try: Baked Peppers for a Summer Lunch
Potatoes store nutrients both in the skin and interior, so don't peel off that exterior off quite yet. Instead, scrub it clean to get rid of any remaining dirt. (At least the dirt will be organic, if there is any still.)
Recipe to Try: Greek Lemon Potatoes
10. Domestic Blueberries
Blueberries are full of antioxidants and make a great topping for pancakes or turned into a jam. When buying domestic blueberries, make sure to go organic.
Recipe to Try: Buttermilk Pancakes with Blueberries and Maple Syrup