Which Veggies & Fruits should I be buying organically?

Posted by: Scott Ko

Regular organic buyers should already be familiar with the concept of the ‘Dirty Dozen’ and the ‘ Clean 15’. If like me – you are quite new to the concept of buying organic, this is a great list for assisting you in your organic shopping habits.

Although there are many benefits (read more here), shifting entirely to organic produce can be expensive. The ‘Dirty Dozen’ is a list of 12 vegetables and fruits that should be purchased organically, due to increased levels of pesticide residue.

The Dirty Dozen 

1. Apples
2. Celery
3. Cherry tomatoes
4. Cucumber
5. Grapes
6. Hot peppers
7. Nectarines (imported)
8. Peaches
9. Potatoes
10. Spinach
11. Strawberries
12. Sweet bell peppers
13. Collards & kale
14. Summer squash & zucchini

Similarly, if buying organic is a bit too costly for your family, the ‘Clean 15’ is a list of vegetables and fruits that depict lower levels of pesticide residue.

The Clean 15

1. Asparagus
2. Avocado
3. Cabbage
4. Cantaloupe
5. Corn
6. Eggplant
7. Grapefruit
8. Kiwi
9. Mangoes
10. Mushrooms
11. Onions
12. Papayas
13. Pineapples
14. Sweet peas (frozen)
15. Sweet potatoes

Where can I buy organic?

If you do a google search on organic produce, a number of outlets should come up in your geographic region. There are also many online services that deliver organic produce straight to your door. My personal preference is going to the markets. ‘Vic Market Organics’ and ‘Ripe’ at Prahran markets are fantastic stalls. The employees are very knowledgeable and passionate about their produce and they stock a range of fresh and dried produce e.g pasta, quinoa, flour, chocolate (pictures below). So, if you live around those areas, make sure you give your local organic vendor a visit.


1. Ripe Organics
Shop 7
Prahran Market
163 Commercial Rd

2. Vic Market Organics
I shed, stall 58-64
(opp. Therry St shops)



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