The Dirty Dozen and The Clean Fifteen

fresh-fruits-vegetables-2419The Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen are two lists of produce produced by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). They are taken from a list of 48 fruits and vegetables tested for pesticide residues and represent the dirtiest and cleanest fruits and vegetables respectively. The Dirty Dozen was originally a list of the dirtiest twelve fruits and vegetables, however EWG has included more than twelve in recent years. In 2013 zucchini/courgette/summer squash and kale were found to contain pesticides which are particularly toxic to the nervous system and it was deemed appropriate to include them.

Dirty DozenClean Fifteen
ApplesCorn
StrawberriesOnions
Grapes Pineapple
CeleryAvocado
PeachesCabbage
SpinachSweet peas
Sweet bell peppersPapaya
NectarinesMango
CucumbersAsparagus
PotatoesEggplant
Cherry tomatoesKiwi
Hot peppersGrapefruit
DIRTY DOZEN PLUSCantaloupe
Kale/greens*Sweet potatoes
Zucchini/summer squash*Mushrooms

Here is the full list of 48 fruits and vegetables tested by the EWG, listed in order from dirtiest to cleanest (select 50 from the drop down to expand the list):

Apples
Strawberries
Grapes
Celery
Peaches
Spinach
Sweet bell peppers
Nectarines - imported
Cucumbers
Potatoes
Cherry tomatoes
Hot peppers
Blueberries - US
Lettuce
Snap peas - imported
Kale / collard greens
cherries
Nectarines - US
Pears
Plums
Raspberries
Blueberries - imported
Carrots
Green beans
Tangerines
Summer squash
Broccoli
Winter squash
Green onions
Snap peas - US
Oranges
Tomatoes
Honeydew melon
Cauliflower
Bananas
Watermelon
Mushrooms
Sweet potatoes
Cantaloupe
Grapefruit
Kiwi
Eggplant
Asparagus
Mangos
Papayas
Sweet peas frozen
Cabbage
Avocados
Pineapples
Onions
Sweet Corn

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