In the Produce Section, Look For
- Conventional fruits and vegetables that harbor the fewest pesticide residues (see "Clean 15," below).
- Organic versions of fruits and vegetables that traditionally have the most pesticide residues (see "Dirty Dozen," below).
- Produce grown in the U.S.
Generally low in pesticide residues:
6 Sweet peas
9 Domestic cantaloupe
13 Sweet potatoes
Consider buying organic:
6 Imported nectarines
7 Imported grapes
8 Sweet bell peppers
12 Kale/collard greens
Buy produce in bulk when it's in season or on sale and freeze it. After washing, submerge small amounts of veggies in boiling water for a minute; cool in ice water. Drain, then pack in a freezer container. Wash berries and lay in a single layer on a baking tray and freeze; place in an airtight container.