The Dirty Dozen is a list published by the Environmental Working Group that prioritizes the fruits and veggies that you should buy organic because of their high levels of pesticide residue.
The EWG’s still stresses the importance of eating lots of fruits and veggies — organic or not — but if you can only afford to buy some organic produce, you’ll want to start with the Dirty Dozen. To put your mind at ease, they’ve also published the Clean Fifteen, which lists produce that has low levels of pesticide residue so there’s no need to spend more on organically grown varieties.
Here is the 2013 list, plus a printable cheat sheet from the EWG to carry with you!
The Dirty Dozen
Produce that should be purchased organically:
3. cherry tomatoes
6. hot peppers
7. nectarines (imported)
12. sweet bell peppers
…plus collards & kale
…plus summer squash & zucchini
The Clean Fifteen
Produce that is safe to purchase conventionally:
14. sweet peas (frozen)
15. sweet potatoes
Do you follow the EWG’s guidelines for produce?