Making a conscious choice to purchase organic, seasonal, and local foods when possible is not only economically rewarding as seasonal produce is cheaper, but additionally much healthier for your body and our planet!

– Eating organic and seasonally reduces your exposure to pesticides and chemicals as foods are not needing to be stored for lengthly periods of time and then ripened.

-Produce maintains higher nutrient, vitamin, and phytonutrient content as they are picked at optimum freshness, promoting our bodies natural cleansing and healing abilities.

– Eating organic, seasonal foods is also beneficial for our planet by protecting our soils and waterways from toxic chemicals,  pesticides, herbicides, and genetically modified seeds.

– You are also supporting local farmers!

I know first hand that buying organic is not always possible, whether that be due to availability or being on a uni budget, so knowing what fruits and veg are the dirtiest is vital to what you spend extra on.

The Organic Feast has detailed the dirty dozen which should always be bought organic – washing and peeling may not remove all the toxic residual.

1. Celery has no protective skin, which makes it almost impossible to wash off the chemicals, 64 of them! that are used on crops. Buy organic celery, or choose alternatives like broccoli, radishes, and onions.

2. Peaches Multiple pesticides (as many as 62 of them) are regularly applied to these delicately skinned fruits in conventional orchards. Can’t find organic? Safer alternatives include watermelon, tangerines, oranges, and grapefruit.

3. Strawberries If you buy strawberries, especially out of season, they’re most likely imported from countries that have less-stringent regulations for pesticide use. 59 pesticides have been detected in residue on strawberries. Can’t find organic? Safer alternatives include kiwi and pineapples.

4. Apples Like peaches, apples are typically grown with poisons to kill a variety of pests, from fungi to insects. Tests have found 42 different pesticides as residue on apples. Scrubbing and peeling doesn’t eliminate chemical residue completely, so it’s best to buy organic when it comes to apples. Peeling a fruit or vegetable also strips away many of their beneficial nutrients. Can’t find organic? Safer alternatives include watermelon, bananas, and tangerines.

5. Blueberries Blueberries are treated with as many as 52 pesticides, making them one of the dirtiest berries on the market.

6. Nectarines With 33 different types of pesticides found on nectarines, they rank up there with apples and peaches among the dirtiest tree fruit.

7. Capsicums Have thin skins that don’t offer much of a barrier to pesticides. They’re often heavily sprayed with insecticides. Tests have found 49 different pesticides .

8. Spinach can be laced with as many as 48 different pesticides, making it one of the most contaminated green leafy vegetable.

9. Kale Traditionally, kale is known as a hardier vegetable that rarely suffers from pests and disease, but it was found to have high amounts of pesticide residue when tested this year.

10. Cherries Even locally grown cherries are not necessarily safe. Testing has found 42 different pesticides on cherries.

11. Potatoes A favorite vegetable can be laced with as many as 37 different pesticides.

12. Grapes Vineyards can be sprayed with different pesticides during different growth periods of the grape, and no amount of washing or peeling will eliminate contamination because of the grape’s thin skin. Remember, wine is made from grapes, which testing shows can harbor as many as 34 different pesticides.

I love Autumn foods, im off to make apple crumble. xx