Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Dirty Dozen

I recently stumbled across a list, published by the Environmental Working Group,  of the 12 most dirtiest fruits and veggies, aka "Dirty Dozen."  It's best to always buy them organic, so as to reduce the pesticide intake in your food.

On the flip side, they also published a list of the "Clean 15" considered the lowest in pesticides.

I'm all up for feeding my family less pesticides, so this list will be beneficial.  I try to buy organic but am always hesitant because of the expensive prices.  Often I limit buying many things because my grocery budget doesn't allow to buy all organic produce.  By utilizing this list I should be able to buy more produce and still limit the amount of pesticides.  Now I can definitely buy organic of the Dirty Dozen and feel safe when I buy non-organic of the Clean 15.

2010 Dirty Dozen

1.  Celery

2.  Peaches

3.  Strawberries

4.  Apples

5.  Blueberries

6.  Nectarines

7.  Bell Peppers

8.  Spinach

9.  Kale

10.  Cherries

11.  Potatoes

12.  Grapes  (Imported)

Clean 15

1.  Onions

2.  Avacado

3.  Sweet Corn

4.  Pineapple

5.  Mango

6.  Sweet Peas

7.  Asparagus

8.  Kiwi

9.  Cabbage

10.  Eggplant

11.  Cantaloupe

12.  Watermelon

13.  Grapefruit

14.  Sweet Potato

15.  Honeydew Melon

As always, be sure to wash all produce, regardless if it is organic or not.

If you want a printable guide to take with you to the store, click here.


  1. Hi there! I just found your blog and am really enjoying your posts. I'm not sure how I got here, but I'm glad I did! Thanks!

  2. Welcome Lesley! It's great to hear from you. It's always encouraging to hear from readers! :) Thanks for taking a moment to leave a comment. My desire is to be a blessing and encouragement to others. Take care!


  3. Thanks for the list! Love ya!