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Organic Fruit Facts

Published September 19, 2011        by Nicole

You may have started to think about switching out your usual grocery store fruit with organic fruit. And you'd be in good company. Many people are trying organic fruits and finding that they are not only sweeter, fresher, and more delicious, but they are also healthier. It is because of the enormous amounts of pesticides used in the growing of fruits and vegetables that consumers are now looking for alternatives that are healthier and more natural.Flickr Photo Credit: awsheffield

Here are some facts on organic fruits that may interest you.

  • Check your local supermarket for organic fruits. You may be surprised that even smaller stores carry some. Visit a farmers’ market for the freshest selections of organic fruits.

  • Organic fruits are now being sold through regular grocery stores, discount stores, and warehouse clubs. Sales from these places outranked all the specialty stores and natural food stores that you'd expect to sell the most. Customers are asking for organic fruits in mainstream retailers and they are getting what they want.

  • You can get organic fruit baskets delivered to your house depending on where you live.

  • Organic fruit sales topped over $9 billion in 2009. Organic food sales overall (including other categories such as nuts, teas, etc.) accounted for over $24 billion during that same year.

  • Two sites promoting organic agriculture for consumers are and

  • Flickr Photo Credit: NatalieMaynorThere is an organization for people who want to find out more about how to start growing and/or buying their own organic fruits. The Organic Trade Association maintains a site called

  • The Organic Trade Association, which is a business devoted to the production and selling of organic foods, has over 1700 member businesses including stores and farmers.

  • In order to be certified organic, a fruit must be grown without any pesticides, without any chemical additives, and without any genetically altered components.

  • Organic fruits are regulated in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Japan and the United Kingdom. Not every country participates in an organic program. Many European countries do not have an official organic certification process.

  • The most popular organic fruits are strawberries, cherries, apples, peaches, pears, melons, clementines, and kiwis.

  • Organic fruits are perfect for making baby foods that contain no preservatives. Simply mash or grind the fruit and remove any pits or skin. Store in the refrigerator or freeze in ice cube trays for individual servings.

  • In addition to organic fruit, consumers can also shop for organic vegetables, meats, sauces, pasta, and many other foods in the supermarket.

  • More and more consumers are limiting their selections to only organically grown produce after many pesticide scares and warnings involving the food industry.

  • Washing fruit that has been grown with pesticides will not wash away all traces of the chemicals.

  • All fruit and vegetables should be washed with a special fruit and vegetable wash before being consumed.

If you're interested in starting off an organic eating program, there are many resources and more are coming up each day. You can now shop the grocery store aisles and find organic foods in nearly every category. Books and web sites are fantastic sources of information on how to grow your own organic garden as well as where to shop for organic foods and beauty products.

Want to learn more about healthy fruits and vegetables? Check out this article on Super Foods and start eating great.