I have been trying to eat as much organic food as possible and although it seemed incredibly expensive at first I managed to find some very affordable options. A few places even offer organic fruits and vegetables that are less expensive than buying normal produce in the supermarkets.
Organic produce is not only better for us but also for the environment. Organic farms focus on soil and water conversation as well as reducing pollution. If you would like to learn more about this make sure to visit the IGR organic farm in Al Rahba. Organic farms do not use conventional fertilizer to keep away insects and pests, resulting in less pesticides and toxic metals in organic food. While conventional produce grows very fast, organic produce grows at a normal rate without any harsh chemicals keeping all their nutrients in balance.
I prefer to buy fresh and local produce, most of the fruits and vegetables sold in the supermarkets were harvested early and ripened on ships and planes, once they hit the shelves they are going to go off within a day or two. I am not able to go to the supermarket to get fresh fruits and vegetables every couple of days so I am glad that my organic, fresh produce lasts up to a week in the fridge. While it is not always possible to buy 100% organic food I hope this list helps everyone to find affordable organic options.
I am a huge fan of Mawasim, they have their own shop in Mushrif which is open every day from 9am-10pm. They also sell their fruits and vegetables at Boutik mall on Reem island every Saturday from 11am-3pm.
Mawasim is very reasonably priced, with their locally grown vegetables being even cheaper than they are in the normal hypermarkets. They also have imported fruits and lots of other goodies. I love their organic dates which cost 20dirhams/kg and I also get all my beans, quinoa, chia seeds and other staples from Mawasim. They are currently also the only place in Abu Dhabi that sells muncherie products, I highly recommend Muncherie’s hazelnut yogurt.
Organic foods and cafe has two branches in Abu Dhabi, their bigger branch is in Nation Tower and their smaller branch is in Masdar city. I definitely prefer the Nation tower branch, but when I am in Dubai I like to go to their Sheikh Zayed branch which has a lot more products.
My favourite product from Organics is Booja booja chocolate and vanilla ice-cream, it is made from four simple ingredients and is very creamy. Although this is not the cheapest option for organic foods it is possible to get some bargains on their 20% off days.
Every 3rd Saturday of the month Organic foods and cafe offers 20% off on all their products except for the supplements and cosmetics. This is a great time to purchase kitchen equipment like sprouters, dehydrators or blenders.
Every Saturday the Ripe market pops up at the Umm al Emarat park in Mushrif. They sell lots of organic fruits and vegetables, and if you want to make sure that you get everything you are looking for you can preorder on their website for an extra 5 dirhams. I like getting their organic avocado for 5 dirhams each and they also occasionally have corn salad.
Organic sections in the supermarkets are steadily growing. Most supermarkets have large organic sections. Carrefour has its own organic brand, natural soy and chocolate yogurt and a large organic section. Spinneys in Al Forsan has a great choice of organic fruits and vegetables, they have a lot of gluten-free organic pasta, nut milks, cereals, superfoods and staples. Spinneys also has a wide variety or organic fruits and vegetables. Lulu has a wide range of tofurky products and organic tempeh. Souq planet in Khalifa City has gelatine-free gummy bears and egg-free mayonnaise.
U-pick IGR organic farm in Al Rahba is an amazing farm that offers people to pick their own veggies every Saturday. The interactive farm is a 45 minute drive away from the city and 15 minutes past Deerfields mall towards Dubai.
Depending on the season the organic farm offers butternut, marrow, okra, eggplant, green beans, cucumber, zuchini, capsicum, onion, broccoli, cherry, red beet, turnip, squash, spinach, raddish, coriander, rocket, parsley, kale, dill, mint, fennel, sweet potato, tomato, carrot, cauliflower, kohlrabi, celery, sweet corn and coriander.
Prices are very reasonable and affordable in my opinion with cucumber, capsicum and tomatoes being around 10-12 dirhams per kg and herbs are 15 dirhams each.
The Organic farm is open every Saturday during the growing season from 6am in the morning until it gets dark at 5pm.
If you would like to visit the u-pick farm in Rahba you can find all the details in this post.
Al Shuwib organic farm offers incredibly affordable vegetables from their own farm in the Shuwib desert and they offer delivery in Abu Dhabi on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The following vegetables are available: cucumber, eggplant, marrow, cabbage, kohlrabi, green capsicum, coriander, rocket, parsley, roman lettuce, beetroot, radish, zucchini, sweet corn, chard, long and curly kale, cherry tomatoes. For their price list and more information on how to order visit this post.