Our organic produce
just as nature intended
For us, choosing organic produce isn't just about choosing to eat better quality food. We think it’s a bit bigger than that.
Why we choose organic
Making better choices
Choosing organic is about making positive, healthful and sustainable lifestyle choices that are better for ourselves, our communities and the planet.
It’s about supporting local growers and organic farming communities throughout New Zealand and the world.
Fair treatment for all
It’s about thinking and acting to ensure the welfare of animals and the fair treatment of people in our rural and farming communities.
Considering the long-term
And it’s about considering the long-term health of the land, soil, environment and surrounding flora and fauna.
There is a common misconception that all organic produce is expensive, which isn’t the case at Huckleberry. We work hard to offer sharp specials that are often times competitive with conventional produce so that everyone can have the option to choose organic fruit and vegetables.
Organics for everyone
So where’s the best place to start when choosing organic produce? It makes sense to start by swapping out some of the produce that’s likely to have the highest levels of pesticides, as well as some of the fruit and vegetables you enjoying eating the the most.
A bit of organic sense helps here, which just means thinking about how we eat certain foods. For example, when it comes to melons, we remove the skin before consuming, which generally means there’s a smaller chance of being exposed to potentially harmful pesticides. When you eat strawberries on the other hand you’re more likely to eat the whole fruit, so prioritizing these products first when choosing certified organic is a probably a good idea.
Unfortunately it doesn’t end with strawberries. The following list summarises some of the fruits and vegetables, which according the New Zealand Safe Food Campaign have the highest pesticide residues. If you’re thinking about switching to organic it makes sense to put these items on your organic shopping list first.
Where to start?
The dirty dozen
Produce in New Zealand more likely to contain pesticide residues ranked according to number of pesticides detected in total samples and percentage with pesticides.
|Food||% With residues||No. Of pesticides||Sample size|
|3. Bok/Pak Choy||95.7||21||47|
|7. Spring Onion||97.9||15||48|
|9. Wheat: Bread/All Products||87.3||23||150|