It’s peak apple season—that magnificent time of year when we come home with bushels of Cortlands, Empires, and McIntosh and morph them into everything from apple butter and sauce to pies and crisps (in addition to eating them in their delicious, unadulterated glory, of course).
But depending on how they’re grown, apples can have a dark side—for one, conventional apples are one of the most pesticide-loaded crops out there. (Learn why the apples we eat today are nothing like the ones our grandparents enjoyed.)
So before you choose any old bag of apples at your grocery store or farmers’ market, or a pick-your-own orchard, consider the fact that organic apples are not only a superior choice for your personal health, but the health of the planet.
Here, we rounded up a few of the most compelling reasons to always buy organic apples.
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