Organic Fruits

Of the fruits and vegetables you buy every week, which should you buy organic? The Environmental Working Group’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides identifies fruits and vegetables that have the highest and lowest pesticide residues. New to the 2012 version of the Dirty Dozen are two extra foods, which they added as a “Plus” category. The EWG included the Plus category to highlight foods that fell outside the normal criteria for the Dirty Dozen, but which are often found to have traces of highly toxic organophosphate pesticides. If you’re worried about pesticides in your food, consider buying these 14 fruits and vegetables organic, starting with the most contaminated food.

1. Apples
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Apples topped this year’s list of fruits and vegetables most contaminated with pesticides. If you’re concerned about pesticides, consider buying organic apples. Try them in these delicious, healthy recipes with apples:

2. Celery
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Try these delicious, healthy recipes with celery:

Crunchy Pear & Celery Salad »
Triple Celery Bisque »
5 ways to use up leftover produce: lemons, celery and more »

3. Sweet Bell Peppers
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Try these delicious, healthy recipes with bell peppers:

Our Best Healthy Bell Pepper Recipes »
Steak-&-Boursin-Wrapped Bells »
Grilled Pepper Salad »
Creamy Garlic Pasta with Shrimp & Vegetables »

4. Peaches
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Try these delicious, healthy recipes with peaches:

Our Best Fresh Peach Recipes »
Peach & Blueberry Cobbler »
Arugula Salad with Honey-Drizzled Peaches »
Roasted Peach Sundaes »

5. Strawberries
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Try these delicious, healthy recipes with strawberries:

Our Best Sweet Strawberry Recipes »
Strawberry Recipes for Smoother Skin »
Strawberry Shortcake »
Citrus-Infused Strawberries »
Grilled Chicken Salad with a Fresh Strawberry Dressing »

6. Nectarines
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Try these delicious, healthy recipes with nectarines:

Sweet Nectarine Recipes »
Upside-Down Nectarine Muffins »
Grilled Chicken & Polenta with Nectarine-Blackberry Salsa »
Grilled Lobster Tails with Nectarine-Avocado Salad »

7. Grapes
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Try these delicious, healthy recipes with grapes:

Our Best Healthy Grape Recipes to Try »
Fresh Grape Soda »
Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Grape Sauce »

8. Spinach
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Try these delicious, healthy recipes with spinach:

Our Best Healthy Spinach Recipes »
Parmesan Spinach Cakes »
Spinach Soup with Rosemary Croutons »
Spinach & Sun-Dried Tomato Stuffed Pizza »

9. Lettuce
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Try these delicious, healthy recipes with lettuce:

Our Best Low-Calorie Dinner Salad Recipes »
Five-Spice Turkey & Lettuce Wraps »
Salad of Boston Lettuce with Creamy Orange-Shallot Dressing »
Mixed Lettuce, Fennel & Orange Salad with Black Olive Vinaigrette »

10. Cucumbers
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Try these delicious, healthy recipes with cucumbers:

Our Best Cucumber Recipes »
Chilly Dilly Cucumber Soup »
Sesame Chicken Cucumber Noodle Salad »
Summer Tomato, Onion & Cucumber Salad »

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