You’ve probably already noticed that fruits in the grocery stores more often than not have a round fruit sticker on them. I normally glance at those stickers as they contain country of origin, but I had never paid attention to other parts of those stickers. Apparently, those stickers contain so much more information than just the country of origin. They can actually tell you many truths about the fruit you’re about to buy and eat.

First thing you should know is that both, the stickers and glue are edible and approved by FDA.  However, even tho stickers are completely safe and won’t hurt you, I’d suggest you to remove them. Fruit normally tastes better than paper.

Every sticker has some numbers. The first digit of the code is always 3, 4, 8 or 9  and this number has a really important meaning. When the first number is 3 or 4, that means that the fruit was grown conventionally using common pesticides. If the first number is 9, the fruit was grown organically. And you’ll definitely want to skip fruit which sticker number starts with 8 as those fruit has been genetically modified.

Good thing is that codes are the same everywhere and in every store in the United States. So for example, if you want conventionally grown bananas you’ll search for the code 4011.

It’s kinda fascinating fact that there are more than 1,400 PLU codes associated with fruits and other produce and every single one has its own story to tell.


There are even stickers that turn into fruit soap when you put them under water!

To find out more about your fruit stickers check out the video.