EWG’s 2014 Dirty Dozen/Clean Fifteen Produce Lists

Fruit market with various colorful fresh fruits and vegetablesEnvironmental Working Group recently released the 2014 Dirty Dozen/Clean Fifteen Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce.  The list highlights the cleanest and dirtiest conventionally raised fruits and vegetables in terms of pesticide residue.  For a $10 donation to EWG you can get a handy Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce laminated tag to take along with you when shopping.

If buying all organic produce isn’t in your budget, this list can help you decide when it’s most important to purchase organic and when conventionally grown is ok.

The Dirty Dozen:

  • Apples
  • Celery
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Grapes
  • Nectarines (imported)
  • Peaches
  • Potatoes
  • Snap Peas (imported)
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Bell Peppers

EWG also notes that in addition to the Dirty Dozen, leafy greens like kale and collards as well as hot peppers are often tainted with unusually hazardous pesticides.  I always choose organic for leafy greens.

The Clean Fifteen:

  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cauliflower
  • Eggplant
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwi
  • Mangoes
  • Onions
  • Papayas
  • Pineapples
  • Sweet Corn
  • Sweet Peas (frozen)
  • Sweet Potatoes