15 Fruit and Veg That Are Free From Pesticides – The Clean Fifteen and the Dirty Dozen

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Eating organic can be pretty challenging at the best of times! Not only does organic food it cost more to buy, but for some people their nearest organic food store can be miles away and has a very limited selection of produce.

Buying organic produce online can help solve this problem and if you register for a weekly delivery of fruit and vegetables you’ll never have the excuse that the shop is too far away or you just didn’t have time to get there. Even then, the fruit and vegetables to be truly organic have to be in season so you might not get the produce that you want.

The good news is that some fruit and vegetables have next to no pesticide residue so are perfectly fine to eat straight from the supermarket.

Every year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) ranks supermarket fruits and vegetables by their contamination of pesticides. The ones with the highest levels of pesticides are grouped in to the ‘Dirty Dozen’ and the lowest rated produce that are deemed ‘safe for consumption’ whether they’re organic or not are put on a list called the ‘Clean Fifteen’.


In April 2013 the EWG tested the contamination levels of over 28,000 samples taken by the USDA and FDA. These are the compiled results.


The Dirty Dozen ~ Buy these organic (or grow your own) where possible:
Dirty Dozen1. Apples
2. Celery
3. Sweet bell peppers
4. Peaches
5. Strawberries
6. Nectarines – imported
7. Grapes
8. Spinach
9. Lettuce
10. Cucumbers
11. Blueberries – domestic
12. Potatoes


The Clean 15 ~ No need to purchase these organically as they tested the lowest in pesticide contamination!

1. Onions
kiwi-fruit2. Sweet Corn
3. Pineapples
4. Avocado
5. Cabbage
6. Sweet Peas
7. Asparagus
8. Mangoes
9. Eggplant
10. Kiwi
11. Cantaloupe – domestic
12. Sweet Potatoes
13. Grapefruit
14. Watermelon
15. Mushrooms


Download your own printable copy of the clean fifteen here!   If you don’t live in the U.S make sure you also check out your own countries list of clean and contaminated foods. Here in New Zealand our list slightly different so make sure you double check!    

And make sure you always thoroughly wash all fruit and vegetables before eating them. 🙂



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