Health-conscious shoppers often want to purchase more natural or organic products but don’t know where to start. Well, learn which fruit and vegetables to buy and why.

Fresh fruits and veggies often have high levels of pesticide residue. Lower your family’s exposure to pesticides. Buy and eat conventional, non-organic produce with the lowest residues—also known as the Clean 15—and opt to spend more for organic produce for the 12 products that traditionally have the most pesticide.


The Clean 15 (buy non-organic)

  • Onions
  • Sweet corn
  • Pineapple
  • Avocado
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet peas
  • Mangoes
  • Eggplant
  • Cantaloupe (domestic)
  • Kiwi
  • Cabbage
  • Watermelon
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Grapefruit
  • Mushrooms

The Dirty Dozen (consider purchasing organic)

  • Apples
  • Celery
  • Strawberries
  • Peaches
  • Spinach
  • Nectarines (imported)
  • Grapes (imported)
  • Sweet bell peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Blueberries (domestic)
  • Lettuce
  • Kale/collard greens

Rinse it! make sure to thoroughly rinse your produce under running water.

Farmers Markets: While shopping this summer and fall at farmers markets and roadside produce tents, keep an eye out for organic options, often at a fraction of the supermarket cost.

Local Farms: Check out nearby farms/orchards that grow their own organic produce. Often you can pick the fruit yourself at a great discount price (plus it’s a fun family activity!)

Set a budget: Establish a price limit at which you are comfortable paying for organic foods, whether it’s $1.50 or $1.99/ lb. or under, or less than twice the cost of conventional. This will depend on your area’s organic availability and your family budget.

If you can’t afford organic right now, that’s okay! When all is said and done, the health benefits of eating fresh produce outweigh possible risks.

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4 thoughts on “Extreme Couponing Tip: Save on the Right Organic Produce”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the reminder on what is the dirty dozen. With Earthbound giving coupons out quite often this has helped us a lot. My husband loves their broccoli which I just purchased along with celery. WalMart (the one I shop at) has a small section in their produce aisle of organics so I look there first. We only had 1 organic store until last week, so hopefully the competition will help bring the prices down a little.

  2. Anonymous says:

    This post is really helpful for me. It’s always hardest to find produce for a steal price.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I think it’s kinda funny that this posting does not mention anything about ORANGES!….And that is because Oranges are a borderline fruit.  It’s best to buy them organic, if possible.

    • Anonymous says:

      For the majority of food, the ones with the least pesticide residue will be ones where the outer skin or peel isn’t eaten, like pineapple, melon, avocado, etc. If you’re on a tight budget, aim for organic foods that you eat the whole fruit, like apples, berries, grapes, etc.

      Hopefully you live in an area with low organic produce prices so you can get some good deals on organic oranges :)