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Howdy :) On Tuesday it was about the best fruits of nature we can eat in the spring when it comes to vegetables :) ; on Thursday I told you funny, but oh how nutritious veggies. So we`ve clarified the basics, one might say. So today, on Friday – congrats, another working week down – it only seems logical to take it up a notch and finalize veggie blog week with an article on organic and conventional. Not just about veggies, though, it`s time to include the fruit population as well. To be honest, I don`t think that many of us buy only organic produce. Sure, we are well aware of the benefits organic food brings to our bodies, our planet, our everything. But, sometimes we all have to go for the conventional variant – may it be you don`t have the time, something went wrong with the day-plan and suddenly find yourself not able to visit the farmers market as planned; the weekly delivery you are counting on is late… or, let`s face it, the money issue arises. With good organization eating clean food can be actually cheaper than buying conventional, we know that as well, but who hasn`t had to reschedule in the last minute or, happens to everyone, simply forgot to order – no one`s organizational skills are perfect. So for cases like this, here is a list of the “safe” options:

Asparagus Not that many insects are interested in asparagus, so there isn`t that much need of pesticide usage.

Avocados The pesticide build-up is prevented by the thick skin.

Broccoli Broccoli is not the pests` favorite, so, again, less spraying is in order, therefore less pesticide residues in the conventional variant.

Corn (sweet) That one is a huge surprise, as in the past decade or so we got used to perceiving corn as  maybe the most artificial, packed with chemicals, vegetable possible.

Kiwi The funny, hairy skin provides excellent protection from pesticides going into the fruit`s flesh. Yes, we all hate peeling it, but, you see, it`s a true necessity.

Mangos Again, the skin plays its role as a barrier from pesticides. Always give them a good rinse, though, at least.

Onions Not an object of desire for most pests, less pesticides used.

Papaya The residues go as far as the skin.

Pineapples Well, no surprise here, that thick skin protects the flesh just fine.

Sweet peas The pod and the fact that they do not attract as many deceases as other crops both make sweet peas a safe option.

Cabbage Only very few pesticides are used for growing cabbage.

Eggplant There is no sufficient data, but the skin is the most probable reason. And here is a list of the most contaminated fruits and vegetables.

Please avoid: Apples, Bell Peppers, Celery, Cherries, Imported Grapes, Nectarines, Peaches, Pears, Potatoes, Red Raspberries, Spinach, Strawberries