Whether you are on a budget and need to prioritize your organic purchases, or if you would simply like to know which type of produce has the highest pesticide residues—and which do not, the following guide from the Environmental Working Group will help you when shopping for organic fruits and vegetables.  Below is a list of this year’s culprits that made it onto the dirty dozen list.

12 Most Contaminated

  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Celery
  • Peaches
  • Spinach
  • Sweet Bell pepper
  • Imported Nectarines
  • Cucumbers
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Imported Snap Peas
  • Potatoes

The Clean 15

  • Avocados
  • Sweet Corn
  • Pineapples
  • Cabbage
  • Frozen Sweet Peas
  • Onions
  • Asparagus
  • Mangos
  • Papayas
  • Kiwis
  • Eggplant
  • Grapefruit
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cauliflower
  • Sweet Potatoes

So next time you are at the market be sure to buy organic if you can.  If you can’t always buy organic then remember to ALWAYS wash your fruits and vegetables prior to cooking/eating.

For more information on the dirty dozen and the clean fifteen you can visit the Environmental Working Group at www.ewg.org

Featured Image Photo Credit: Ali Karimian www.flickr.com/photos/karimian/57925008/in/photolist