Organic Produce Tips

Organic Produce Tips

Eating more Fruits and Vegetables -Organic or not is better than eating none at all! Most of us would love to buy Organic Produce all the time, but availability and expense often make it hard. There is a guide to shopping smarter by buying conventional produce that’s the least likely to contain pesticide residues and save your organic dollars for produce that tends to have the highest amounts of pesticide residue.

Every year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, releases a Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides that identifies Fruits and Vegetables with the highest and lowest pesticide residues. The article is very informative but lengthy so below is a list of the Clean Fifteen and the Dirty Dozen.

Bottom line for me is do the very best you can! Even if you can’t buy all Organic when you purchase your Produce bring it home and process it in a mild Vinegar and Water Solution.


The Clean Fifteen is the list of foods that are least likely to be contaminated with pesticide residues, so if budget is a concern, you can feel good about buying these 15 Fruits and Vegetables.

The Dirty Dozen is a list of Fruits and Vegetables with the most pesticides.

The Clean Fifteen                                                  The Dirty Dozen                                                   

Pineapple                                                                    Apples

Cabbage                                                                       Grapes

Frozen Peas                                                               Peaches

Papayas                                                                        Cherries

Asparagus                                                                   Pears

Mangoes                                                                      Tomatoes

Eggplant                                                                       Celery

Honeydew Melon                                                  Potatoes

Cantaloupe                                                                Sweet Bell Peppers

Kiwi                                                                                Strawberries

Cauliflower                                                                Spinach

Broccoli                                                                       Nectarines

Sweet Corn