The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released their 2014 dirty dozen and clean fifteen.  These lists rank the “dirtiest” and “cleanest” produce in terms of pesticide residue.  Apples continue to be the dirtiest and I strongly encourage you to only buy organic apples!  They may not look as pretty as the shiny and perfectly round conventional apples but don’t be fooled by the pretty face.


Dirty Dozen

  1. Apples
  2. Strawberries
  3. Grapes
  4. Celery
  5. Peaches
  6. Spinach
  7. Sweet Bell Peppers
  8. Nectarines (imported)
  9. Cucumbers
  10. Cherry Tomatoes
  11. Snap Peas (imported)
  12. Potatoes

*Kale and Collards
* Hot Peppers

Clean Fifteen

  1. Asparagus
  2. Avocados
  3. Cabbage
  4. Cantaloupe
  5. Cauliflower
  6. Eggplant
  7. Grapefruit
  8. Kiwi
  9. Mangoes
  10. Onions
  11. Papayas
  12. Pineapples
  13. Sweet Corn
  14. Sweet Peas
  15. Sweet Potatoes

*Leafy greens and hot peppers didn’t meet the traditional criteria for the dirty dozen but they have a high risk for contamination.  AKA – buy organic!

For the complete list and more information on pesticides in produce, visit

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