(If You’re On a Tight Budget, Don’t Buy These Organically)

There’s a great discussion going on over at Money Saving Mom about how to buy organically without spending a fortune. I chimed in right away (after all, it is one of my favorite topics!) and have been glued to the comment section for new thoughts and ideas. One commenter, Jaycee, posted an interesting list she found here of the Clean 15 — the 15 fruits and veggies that typically have the lowest pesticide content. If you’re on a budget and can’t buy all organic, these would be the items you would not buy organic on.

The Clean 15 (the 15 fruits and veggies that typically rank the lowest in pesticides content)

  1. Onion
  2. Avocado
  3. Sweet Corn
  4. Pineapple
  5. Mango
  6. Asparagus
  7. Sweet Peas
  8. Kiwi
  9. Cabbage
  10. Eggplant
  11. Papaya
  12. Watermelon
  13. Brocclii
  14. Tomato
  15. Sweet Potato

I have long had the rule of thumb in my mind that a thicker skin is the determining factor — i.e. if a fruit or veggie has a skin I’m not likely to eat, I can go non-organic. For example, an avocado – which I certainly don’t eat the skin on – is something I can forgo buying organic on if I had to. By the same logic, I try to always buy organic on fruits and vegetables where I will always eat the skin — berries, tomatoes, broccoli, etc. So I’m surprised to see tomatoes on this list.

Are you surprised to see any of these fruits and veggies on this list?

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