Dirty Dozen

nectarine

While it is always best to eat produce that is fresh and organic, this isn’t always possible for everyone. So being, we have put together a list of those fruits/vegetables that have the greatest and least risk of being contaminated by pesticides. While washing produce is good, many pesticides can be absorbed into the tissue of the plants and cannot always be rinsed away.
Dirty Dozen

Produce with the most pesticide residue (from most to least contaminated).

Produce from the dirty dozen list should always be eaten organic, since farmers frequently apply pesticides to these.

peach

Peach

apple

Apple

BellPeppers

Bell Pepper

celery2

Celery

 

 

 

 

 

 

nectarine2

Nectarine

strawberry2

Strawberry

cherry-3

Cherry

pear-fruit

Pear

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

grapes

Grapes

Spinach

Spinach

lettuce

Lettuce

potato

Potato

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cleanest 12

Produce with the lowest levels of pesticide residue (from least to most contaminated).  The produce in this list can be eaten from non-organic growers if needed as they aren’t likely to be a source of significant pesticide contamination.

onion

Onion

avocado

Avocado

sweet corn

Sweet Corn

pineapple

Pineapple

 

 

mango

Mango

asparagus

Asparagus

Fresh green pea in pod

Sweet Peas

 

kiwi

Kiwi

 

banana

Banana

cabbage

Cabbage

broccoli

Broccoli

papaya

Papaya

 

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