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The Cleanest (and Dirtiest!) Produce You Can Buy

Celebrate National Organic Harvest Month with this guide to the “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean 15” produce from the Environmental Working Group

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Looking for clean produce? Every year, the Environmental Working Group puts out its list of the best and worst fruits and vegetables based on pesticide content. While it’s great to eat an exclusively all-organic diet, that’s not realistic for many of us. Use this guide to make savvy purchases where it matters most.

Clean 15

Clean produce — conventional versions of these fruits and veggies tend to be lower in pesticides.

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet corn
  3. Pineapple
  4. Onions
  5. Papaya
  6. Sweet peas (frozen)
  7. Eggplant
  8. Asparagus
  9. Broccoli
  10. Cabbage
  11. Kiwi
  12. Cauliflower
  13. Mushrooms
  14. Honeydew Melon
  15. Cantaloupe

The Dirty Dozen

The opposite of clean produce, conventional versions of these fruits and veggies are heavily pesticided, so you should buy organic whenever possible. We included a few of our favorite organic treats incorporating Dirty Dozen ingredients.

1. Strawberries

Try: Peaceful Fruits Strawberry + Açai Drizzle

2. Spinach

3. Nectarines

4. Kale, Collard, & Mustard Greens

Try: Suja Organic Mighty Dozen Greens Juice

5. Cherries

6. Apples

Try: Eden Organic Apple Butter

7. Peaches

8. Grapes

Try: GoodPop Concord Grape Pops

9. Celery

10. Bell & Hot Peppers

Try: Late July Organic Salsa

11. Tomato

12. Pear

 

make it!

(Photo: Pornchai Mittongtare)

Gluten-Free Pear Clafouti recipe

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