2 Veggies That You MUST Buy Organic!

I had no idea that these were SO contaminated!!

So, on a recent trip I discovered something pretty amazing… the Food Network! Yes, I know….”Do you live under a rock Libby?! <I’m just saying what you’re thinking!> 😀

My excuse is valid though, we don’t have cable at home so I didn’t even realize I was missing out! 

The boys watched a few shows with me and have now turned into ‘tasters‘ (their word, not mine). They literally judge each of my meals with hilarious phrases like “Wow Chef Libby, this has just the right amount of crunch!” or “Yum, I really like how the flavors work together!” 

Now, I’m super inspired to up my own game in the kitchen! The most important part of my cooking is always quality, so I won’t be buying a deep fryer to toss a few strips of beer battered bacon into any time soon. Being a family of 6 means the grocery bill can get pretty out of hand sometimes, especially in the winter when the ground is cold and local produce is scarce. A question that I get asked often is if certain fruits or veggies are ok to buy ‘conventional’ in an effort to save a few shekels at the checkout. Well,  according to the EWG there are several conventional produce items like onions, avocados and asparagus to name a few, that have a lower content of pesticides. The choice is yours, however, there are 2 veggies that I would strongly recommend either always buying organic or forgoing altogether:

AVOID (unless organic):

1. Kale and Collard Greens 

Conventionally grown kale and collard greens grown in the US have been found to be laced with high levels of both legal and illegal pesticides – 101 pesticide residues between them, to be exact! Avoid, avoid, avoid. 


2. Hot Peppers  

75 pesticide residues were found! Some are known carcinogens, some neurotoxins, hormone disruptors etc…The over-use of pesticides is peculiar because the wax from the skins of hot peppers as well as the capsaicin (the ‘hot’ in hot peppers) have been found naturally effective in deterring spider mites!

Pesticide, herbicide etc… use is already rampant in conventional farming but I find it extremely alarming that 2 veggies are placed on this extreme list for pesticide residue. 

What do you think? Are there any conventional fruit or veggies that you feel comfortable buying?






Environmental Working Group

Sustainable Crop Protection under Protected Cultivation

What’s on my food? 

  • linda spiker

    Oh man! I don’t often buy collard greens but I am a pepper fan and you can’t always find organic! Thanks for the info.

  • http://www.green-talk.com/ Anna @GreenTalk

    All brassicas (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, etc.) should be bought organically. You spray for the same pests that love kale and collards. White flies, cabbage moths, other moths, etc. Sometimes I think I grow these vegetables for the pests and not me.

  • Emily @ Recipes to Nourish

    Yes so true. Those are very important ones. I feel grateful that the local co-op where I shop only sells organic produce.

  • Yummy Inspirations

    This is good to know. We try and buy as much as possible organic but it can be tricky to get hold of here in Australia. Thanks for sharing. :)

  • http://www.thenotsoperfecthousewife.com Mikki

    Wow! Great info. I didn’t know how many pesticides were sprayed on these veggies. So glad I buy only organic!!

  • Kim

    thank you very much for the information! Keep up the good work Take special care:)

    • eatplaylovemore

      Thank you Kim! -Libby

  • Ritta Oraha

    Thank you for sharing this!

  • Emily @ Recipes to Nourish

    So important. It’s always good to know the ones are considered the most “toxic”. My family sticks to buying organic.

  • http://www.therisingspoon.com/ Elaina Newton

    I try to seek out organic greens, but usually purchase conventional jalapenos (when I use them on occasion) since the organic variety is hard to find year-round. Eek! Going to have to make that switch.

  • thefoodhunter

    good to know!!

  • http://www.holistichealthherbalist.com Tash @ HolisticHealthHerbalist

    Yikes! This is really good to know! I had no idea about hot peppers containing so many chemicals!

    • eatplaylovemore

      I was surprised about them too Tash! -Libby

  • Renee Kohley

    So good to know – I will keep this in mind! Thank you!

  • Anya | Prepare & Nourish

    WOW! Did not know about the hot peppers.

  • naturalfitfoodie

    I never realised. Thanks for sharing Libby!