The Dirty Dozen

If you’re constantly umm-ing and ahh-ing about whether to buy organic produce, the easiest answer might be: have both and here is how to do it.

By simply following the the Dirty Dozen list, which outlines the 12 fruits and vegetables containing the most pesticide residue you can quickly and easily decide what produce to avoid, and what produce is deemed ‘safe’. It will also help keep the food budget down.

So what is the Dirty Dozen?

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Nectarines
  4. Apples
  5. Peaches
  6. Pears
  7. Cherries
  8. Grapes
  9. Celery
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Capsicum
  12. Potatoes


If you look closely at the Dirty Dozen, you will notice that the fruit and vegetables listed are typically those eaten unpeeled, or have no protective skin.

Now the clean Fifteen list was which was later developed to help shopping even easier. These foods consistently test low in regard to pesticides and yep you guessed it a lot have a protective skin or we peel them.

They Clean Fifteen are?

  1. Sweet Corn
  2. Avocados
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbage
  5. Onion
  6. Sweet peas frozen
  7. Papaya
  8. Asparagus
  9. Mangos
  10. Eggplant
  11. Honeydew melon
  12. Kiwi fruit
  13. Rockmelon
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Grapefruit


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