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Quick Post: What do you insist on buying organic?


Hey there! A quick Thursday morning post in the midst of Moving Madness 2011.

Some of you might remember a list that was published earlier this year about which fruits and veggies take in more pesticides. The take home message is that these fruits and vegetables should be bought organic/pesticide-free whenever possible.

My view has always been: buy what tastes good. I’ve found that organic produce, while being more expensive, often tastes a lot better. Also, it’s not just free of pesticides, but organic produce is often grown in nutrient-rich soil, and so the result is more nutritious and better tasting fruits and vegetables.

Last month, my sister JS and I had a discussion about this as she was getting ready to put sweet potatoes in the oven. She insists on buying sweet potatoes organic, as they taste a lot better than conventionally grown ones. For me, I’ve noticed a tremendous difference in carrots and apples. I’ve also found that organic green onions last a lot longer than their conventional cousins (surprisingly), and that organic garlic is much more robust and easier to peel. Of course, based on what I’ve read in the news, I always buy organic berries since they are most susceptible to taking up pesticides, and very toxic ones at that.

Anyway, so my question is: what do you insist on buying organic? Please sound off in the comments!

Author: Jen

Howdy! My name is Jen and I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I like to eat, run, and blog, but not usually at the same time.

6 thoughts on “Quick Post: What do you insist on buying organic?

  1. I’ve always loved the poster that says, “Eat organic vegetable! Or, as your grandparents called them, vegetables!”

  2. Milk and eggs. With K consuming so much milk as a preschooler, all of our milk is organic (and way tasty).

  3. i try to buy all fruits and veggies that are thin skinned and/or leafy (blueberries, raspberries, grapes, peaches, pears, kale, spinach, etc). i do not buy bananas or avocados organic, unless they are on sale.

    • That’s a good rule of thumb. I do buy organic bananas, since they are usually also Fair Trade, and somewhere along the way, I read that buying Fair Trade bananas really makes a difference.

  4. I once got a chance to ask this of a USDA food inspection manager. His answer: potatoes. He said that at his facility, potatoes always tested high for residual pesticides and that some types are retained in the potato skin. So he suggested always removing the skin of conventional potatoes. This was over 10 years ago, but it still makes me think before i buy.

    The other thing that gets me is the wax-ing of some fruits that are conventionally grown. What’s up with that? So weird.

    • Good to know!

      Yeah, I think wax on fruits is so weird also. I often go against what’s marketed: shiny, pretty, humongous fruit. The small weird looking ones usually taste better!

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