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Dirty Dozen

green apple

-photo from Shai Barzilay

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has a list of the one dozen fruits and vegetables highest in pesticides. These are best avoided unless purchased organic. Their dirty dozen includes, in alphabetical order:

  • apples
  • bell peppers (sweet)
  • celery
  • cherries
  • grapes
  • lettuce
  • nectarines
  • peaches
  • pears
  • potatoes
  • spinach
  • strawberries

With fruit season almost upon us, I hope this list is useful.


posted on May 17, 2007, 3 comments

  1. melissa

    Great to know! Thank you!!

  2. Dianne Tudor

    What about raspberries. They should definitely be organic, according to everyone else’s list.

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