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When to Really Shop Organic…

In the theme of my upcoming podcast about becoming a smart consumer, here is the list of the “Dirty Dozen,” the fruits and vegetables with the most pesticides. So while it’s nice to shop organic as much as possible, really shop organic for the following ones and then pick and choose for the rest… List courtesy of

The fruits and veggies with the most pesticides (the “Dirty Dozen Plus“) are:

  1. Apples

  2. Peaches

  3. Nectarines

  4. Strawberries

  5. Grapes

  6. Celery

  7. Spinach

  8. Sweet bell peppers

  9. Cucumbers

  10. Cherry tomatoes

  11. Snap peas (imported)

  12. Potatoes

The “Dirty Dozen Plus” includes:

  1. Hot peppers

  2. Kale / Collard greens

And the fruits and veggies with the least pesticides (the “Clean Fifteen“) are:

  1. Avocados

  2. Sweet corn

  3. Pineapples

  4. Cabbage

  5. Sweet peas (frozen)

  6. Onions

  7. Asparagus

  8. Mangos

  9. Papayas

  10. Kiwi

  11. Eggplant

  12. Grapefruit

  13. Cantaloupe

  14. Cauliflower

  15. Sweet potatoes


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