Organic Produce Too Expensive or Unavailable? Meet the Clean 15

I realize that all this doom and gloom about pesticides can get you down. But no need to fret. There's good news for you if you can't afford or find organic produce all the time.

In addition to compiling the list of the Dirty Dozen, the Environmental Working Group has come up with the Clean 15, or the 15 fruit and veggies with the lowest levels of pesticide residue.

Meet the *Clean 15:
1. Onions
2. Avocados
3. Sweet corn
4. Pineapple
5. Mangoes
6. Asparagus
7. Sweet peas
8. Kiwi
9. Cabbage
10. Eggplant
11. Papaya
12. Watermelon
13. Broccoli
14. Tomatoes
15. Sweet potatoes
*Source: Environmental Working Group

Keep in mind that onions, avocados and sweet corn have the lowest pesticide levels of all. If it's hard to keep track of both the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 then you can download a wallet-size copy of it here.

In addition, if you would like to stay informed about food pesticide issues, you can subscribe to the EWG's Food & Farm newsletter here.


Holly Jahangiri | April 21, 2009 at 7:59 PM

Good to know! Thanks for the information.

Heather | April 21, 2009 at 10:03 PM

Great! Thanks for dropping by. H

C. McKane | April 26, 2009 at 7:23 PM

yay, since most of my favorites are on this list i'm happy. i rarely buy mushrooms but that'd probably be the main one i would buy organic (but only if it was on sale).
what can i say i'm cheap

Opinionated Ant

Heather | April 27, 2009 at 8:39 AM

Life's expensive. We have to save where we can. HL

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