Dirty Dozen / Clean 15

The Dirty Dozen comprises a list of vegetables and fruits that are exposed to the greatest number of pesticides, and therefore hold a higher pesticide residue. The Clean 15 reflects those that have least pesticide treatment and residue.
These listings have been formed by Environmental Working Group (EWG) in America [1]. However, Australian research has also been conducted on a selection of crops with similar findings [2]. The non-organic farming practices in Australia tend to have similarities to those in America.
Below are the two lists. The Dirty Dozen are listed in order from highest pesticide residue to lowest. The Clean 15 are listed from lowest pesticide residue to highest.
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Dirty Dozen + 3

Apples
Strawberries
Pears
Grapes
Lettuce
Nectarines
Peaches
Tomatoes
Celery
Cherries
Spinach
Cucumber
Capsicums
Blueberries
Potatoes

Clean 15

Avocado
Sweet Corn
Pineapple
Cabbage
Sweet Peas
Onions
Mangoes
Papayas
Kiwi Fruit
Eggplant
Honeydew Melon
Grapefruit
Rockmelon
Cauliflower
Mushrooms

Research suggests that pesticide residue load may have implications on conditions including children’s brain development, ADHD, adult brain and nervous system function, Parkinson’s disease, autoimmune conditions, thyroid disorders and some cancers [2].

It is recommended to purchase organically grown varieties of those in the Dirty Dozen or fresh from a farmer’s market.

Always remember to wash your produce well before eating!