Yesterday, I posted a recipe for Lemon-blueberry muffins. I had the same thoughts running through my head that I usually do when I post a recipe here on MNN. How specific do I need to get about the types of ingredients when I share a recipe?

Sure, I have to write that the recipe called for 1 cup of blueberries. But, do I need to write one cup of organic blueberries? One cup of blueberries from a sustainable, trusted source? One cup of local blueberries?

Or, should I put a paragraph before each recipe that indicates that ingredients should be the most eco-friendly you can find and afford whether they be organic, local, fair trade, etc?

Or, do you, as my readers, assume that I’m always using organic or local or grass fed ingredients? I do use ingredients that are local or organic or sustainably grown/raised as often as I can, but I don’t use them exclusively.

I’ve been assuming lately, that since in the tagline to my blog it says I write about “eco-friendly food options” that saying an ingredient like eggs in a recipe should be organic or locally raised free-range eggs would be redundant. So I’ve been writing recipes just saying eggs, and I’ve been trusting that my readers will use the best eggs they can afford.

So my question, that I’m hoping many of you that read this blog will answer in the comments, is this. Is my assumption correct? Should I leave out words like “organic” or “grass-fed” in the ingredient list of a recipe? Or, should I put those words in there (or include a paragraph before the ingredients that says “use the best you can get”) so that it’s clear these ingredients are preferred?

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Should a recipe always indicate eco-friendly ingredients?
Our food blogger wants to know what you think about writing a recipe that isn't redundant.