Growing Vegetables and Fruits – Clean vs Dirty

by Jean Gallagher on February 13, 2011

When you make your list of vegetables and fruits to grow this coming season, keep in mind the most important ones to grow organically.

“Dirty” means they are most likely to have chemical residue on them, even after a thorough washing. This is the first year potatoes made the list. They are sparayed frequently thoughout their growing season and not only to combat pests. The demand from the fast-food chains and potato chip producers is for uniform shapes and sizes which the chemical spraying helps to control .

After these “dirty” fruits and veggies are harvested, they are sprayed again to ward off mold and unwanted sprouting.

If you have limited space to grow, choose the ones that are on the dirty list. At least the clean ones, purchased from your local grocer, won’t be as dangerous.

  Dirtiest  Cleanest
Celery
Peaches
Strawberries
Apples
Blueberries
Nectarines
Bell Peppers
Spinach
Kale
Cherries
Potatoes
Imported Grapes
Onions
Avacado
Sweet Coorn
Pineapple
Mangoes
Sweet Peas
Asparagus
Kiwi
Cabbage
Eggplant
Canteloupe
Watermelon
Grapefruit
Sweet Potato
Honeydew
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