Home & Garden Home 44 Healthiest, Cheapest Fruits and Vegetables By Melissa Breyer Melissa Breyer Editorial Director Hunter College F.I.T., State University of New York Cornell University Melissa Breyer is Treehugger’s editorial director. She is a sustainability expert and author whose work has been published by the New York Times and National Geographic, among others. Learn about our editorial process Updated October 11, 2018 CC BY 2.0. madichan Share Twitter Pinterest Email Home Sustainable Eating Pest Control Natural Cleaning DIY Family Green Living Thrift & Minimalism madichan/CC BY 2.0The environment and health watchdog, Environmental Working Group (EWG), has done it again with the publication of their list, Good Food on a Tight Budget. The group known for its cosmetics’ toxins database and annual survey of top pesticide-laden foods. They take exhaustive scientific data and translates it into absolutely usable information that allows consumers to make the healthiest decisions. They so rock. For this list, EWG assessed nearly 1,200 foods and picked their favorite 100 of the most nutritious, most economical and least polluted fruits, vegetables, proteins, grains and dairy items. The prices were analyzed on national averages (but seasonality may affect local costs). Fruits isox4/CC BY 2.0 Apricot Avocado Banana Cantaloupe Grapefruit Honeydew Kiwi Nectarines (domestic) Papaya Pear Starfruit Tangerine Watermelon Starchy Vegetables Ahd Photography/CC BY 2.0 Corn (frozen) Lima beans (fresh) Potatoes (Potatoes may have more pesticides than other vegetables. Check prices for organic.) Red and Orange Vegetables jzc17/CC BY 2.0 Calabaza Spanish pumpkin Carrots Pumpkin (fresh) Sweet potatoes Tomatoes - low sodium, canned Dark Green Vegetables joeysplanting/CC BY 2.0 Broccoli Collards Kale Lettuce Romaine Mixed salad greens Mustard greens Parsley Spinach Turnip greens The Rest letouj/CC BY 2.0 Alfalfa sprouts Brussels sprouts Cabbage Chayote Pear squash Eggplant Green onions Okra (frozen) Onions Snow peas (fresh) Zucchini, yellow squash, other summer squashes For the rest of the list, which includes the most nutritious, most economical and least polluted proteins, grains and dairy items -- as well as shopping tools, tips and recipes -- download the complete report.