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Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen


You may have heard of the ‘dirty dozen’ and ‘clean fifteen’. If you are worried about the level of pesticides in the food you buy, these two lists can help you be a clever shopper!

The fruit and vegetables with the highest mix of pesticide residues are known as the Dirty Dozen and these are the ones to avoid when you are shopping. Make sure you choose organic for all items on this list!

The fruit and vegetables with the lowest mix of pesticide residues are known as the Clean Fifteen. You may consider buying cheaper, none-organic items from this list if you are on a tight budget.

(Note: it is also worth checking back for updated lists each year as these items often change year by year.)

Dirty Dozen

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

Clean Fifteen

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Frozen sweet peas
  5. Onions
  6. Papayas
  7. Eggplants
  8. Asparagus
  9. Kiwis
  10. Cabbages
  11. Cauliflower
  12. Cantaloupes
  13. Broccoli
  14. Mushrooms
  15. Honeydew melons

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