Fruits and Vegetables to Always Buy Organic
The Dirty Dozen Plus
These foods have really high pesticide loads and should always be purchased organic.
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Hot Peppers
- Nectarines (imported)
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Kale/Collard Greens
- Summer Squash
These foods are relatively safe and do not have to be purchased organic if you are on a budget.
- Sweet Corn (not to be confused with potentially GMO canned corn)
- Sweet Peas
- Sweet Potatoes
The EWG also notes that 99 percent of apples, 98 percent of peaches and 97 percent of nectarines all tested positive for at least one pesticide residue, while the average (white) potato had more pesticides by weight than any other produce