Best choice of vegetables when organic ones are not available

Answered on December 06, 2013
Created December 05, 2013 at 8:14 PM

I live in Sweden and winter is here, up until now it's been quite easy to find my organic rainbow colored vegetable mix. But as it gets colder and colder the range of organic vegetables decrease. And I still want to eat my greens. Usually it seems like carrots, beets, broccoli and cauliflower is easy to find, also tomatoes but I notice that the quality of tomatoes is getting less good.

So I would really appreciate if you could list what vegetables that is quite okay to eat even if they are not organic.

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on December 06, 2013
at 10:55 PM

Locally grown is impossible this time of year, it's totally frozen. Most is imported from the Netherlads or Spain. In the summer and fall we have quite a lot that's locally grown. Thing is there's no info on wheter pesticides have been used or not. The only thing it says is if it's organic or not :S Never seen hydroponics in Sweden. Is that easy to find in the states?


on December 06, 2013
at 10:39 PM

See if you can get any vegetables locally grown, or the highest quality vegetables you can get thet are not "organic" (ie. grown without pesticides) or, if it's an option for you, could try hydroponics


on December 06, 2013
at 02:11 AM

onions because they are naturally resistant to pests

coconuts, avocados, bananas, anything with an exterior shell or skin

asparagus because the price for organic is outrageous for the small amount of pesticides commonly found on regular

tubers since they are below ground



on December 06, 2013
at 01:51 AM

most winter vegetables are relatively trouble-free. the heavily sprayed ones are summer, fruiting vegetables, such as solanaceae (tomatoes and pepper) or cucurbits (any type of squash or melon). Brassica (broccoli and cauliflowers) need spraying but it can be done with BT (Bacillum Thurigensis), which is organic and extremely effective. My guess is that all the vegetables in your list are going to be minimally sprayed, summer or winter crop. but skip the tomatoes until July, as greenhouse tomatoes are in fact heavily sprayed.

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