Organic vegetable shopping

With so much vegetable to choose from at the local supermarket, how do you choose vegetables right for you? For most people cost is the most important factor. If own branded supermarket tomatoes are £1 why should you pay for tomatoes costing £2.49? The difference you pay is between organic and non-organic vegetables.

Is organic produce better for you?

There is still no scientific research to suggest that organic is better but there are many who dispute this and say there is no real difference. What I have noticed is that organic produce are smaller in size, colourful and come in smaller portions. Non organic produce tend to have growth hormones added to them so spring onions look more like leeks than spring onions. The same goes for taste – when you buy non organic and compare to organic there is a difference taste-wise, non-organic tastes bland whereas organic vegetables are tasty and easier to cook.

Is organic vegetable very expensive?

The cost of organic produce does vary from supermarket to towns. Places like Marks and Spencer, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s tend to cost more whereas Tesco, Morrison’s and Somerfield is cheaper. You can also buy from local farmers who deliver once a week, you can be assured to know that the vegetables have been handpicked and freshly packed without preservatives or growth hormones.

To save some money you can try and grow some of your own home grown organic vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and fruits like strawberries, blackberries, kiwi and apples. You can set up a small greenhouse and expand if you have the time to keep growing various different vegetables and fruit.

Organic vegetables are best grown slowly and additive free – try not to be tempted to add growth food as you may compromise on taste. Just make sure it has plenty of water, sun and a little bit of TLC. You will be surprised to know how many herbs are also easy to grow and take up very little space. Thyme, mint, coriander, rosemary, basil and parsley can all be left on a windowsill in the kitchen. Just remember to turn them slightly when it’s summer time and they should last for a long time. If you herbs become very big then transplant all of them to a large planting tray just outside the garden door within easy reaching distance. If you remember to cover them when there’s frost and snow, they should survive for years to come.