The Dirty Dozen: 12 Fruits and Veggies with the Most Pesticide Residue


Do you know the Environmental Working Group's Dirty Dozen and Clean 15? Get the list here.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has come out with their annual Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce  report for 2013. Their list includes “The Dirty Dozen Plus,” (fruits and vegetables likely to contain the highest amounts of pesticide residue) and the “Clean 15” (fruits and vegetables least likely to contain pesticides).

This list can be helpful in making choices around what produce to buy organic or conventionally grown. While purchasing organic as much as possible is what we would recommend (or, check with your farmer – some farms don’t have organic certification, but also do not spray), purchasing conventionally grown produce on the Clean 15 list is not a bad choice and may save you some money. It’s also helpful to know which fruits and veggies really should be purchased only as organic.
The Dirty Dozen Plus for 2013
  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Cherry tomatoes
  4. Cucumbers
  5. Grapes
  6. Hot peppers
  7. Nectarines (imported)
  8. Peaches
  9. Potatoes
  10. Spinach
  11. Strawberries
  12. Sweet bell peppers

Dirty Dozen Plus: Kale/collard greens and Summer squash

The Clean Fifteen for 2013
  1. Asparagus
  2. Avocados
  3. Cabbage
  4. Cantaloupe
  5. Sweet corn
  6. Eggplant
  7. Grapefruit
  8. Kiwi
  9. Mangoes
  10. Mushrooms
  11. Onions
  12. Papayas
  13. Pineapples
  14. Sweet peas (frozen)
  15. Sweet potatoes