When to Buy Organic

Our recipes in this book are priced using conventional ingredients, though we often will buy some organic ingredients. At times you can purchase an organic ingredient for the same price or less than its conventional counterpart. However, if you plan to exclusively use organic ingredients, count on adding about 20 percent to your costs. Fortunately, as demand for organic ingredients has increased, prices are coming down. We try to follow guidelines on when it’s better to purchase organic foods and stay away from those that are nonorganic. Often, we weigh the cost of the item with its “clean factor,” below.

The Clean Fifteen

Avocado, corn, pineapple, cabbage, peas, onion, asparagus, mango, papaya, kiwi, eggplant, grapefruit, cantaloupe, cauliflower, sweet potatoes

The Dirty Dozen

(worst listed first)
Apples, peaches, nectarines, strawberries, grapes, celery, spinach, sweet bell peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas, potatoes

Source: Environmental Working Group at ewg.org