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Organic Food Guide

Healthy recipes, shopping tips, and ideas for smart eating.

Shopping Tips

A Guide to Organic Labels
Organic-food labels may all look different, but their wording is strictly defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Here's what you need to know.

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10 Organic Foods That Are Worth the Money

Plus: tips on what to do if you don't go the organic route.
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Spring’s Best Fruits and Vegetables

How to choose, store, and use this season’s most versatile fruits and vegetables.
Photo:  Anna Williams

6 Recipes for Spring Sides

Elevate your vegetable repertoire with these simple yet sophisticated sides.
Photo: Anna Williams

10 Organic Foods That Aren’t Worth Buying

Don’t have the money to go completely organic? Find out which non-organic foods are safest to eat.
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Radishes
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Hitting the Farmers’ Market

Ripe vine tomotoes and other vegetables at market

6 Tips for Navigating Farmers’ Markets
Get the most out of your local farmers’ market with these helpful pointers.

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Why―and How―to Shop at a Farmers’ Market
Four reasons to buy regional food. Plus, tips and hints for shopping a farmers’ market.

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Extra virgin olive oil

Olive-Oil Buying Checklist

Use these smart suggestions from Nicholas Coleman, the chief olive-oil specialist at Eataly, New York City’s Italian-food mecca, to suss out the best oils in your local market.

  • A dark-tinted glass bottle or a tin. Exposure to light and heat will destroy an oil’s flavor, which is why you should avoid anything sold in a clear container, especially a plastic one. At home, stow your oil in a cabinet away from the stove.
  • “Extra virgin” on the label. Purified and refined oils, labeled simply “olive oil” or “pure olive oil,” are often made with lower-quality, processed oils that have little taste. Extra-virgin oils undergo minimal processing, so their flavor and aroma molecules remain intact.
  • A harvest or best-by date on the label. Oil does not improve with age. Look for a date stamp to make sure you are not buying anything more than two years old.

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