The Dirty Dozen and The Clean Fifteen™

Jun 27, 2023
Some fruits and vegetables are healthier if they are organic, some fruits and vegetables are just as good if conventionally grown.

Summer produce is hitting its full glory, with luscious fruits and vibrant vegetables beckoning you at the farmers market, the grocery store or perhaps in your own backyard.

Produce takes center stage during the 21 Day Program, and we strive to keep plants at the center of our plate Day 22 and beyond as well.

Choosing organic is always a good choice - both for your health and for the farmworkers who grow and harvest for you.

But organic is not always available and can be pricey. And when eating out, with rare exceptions the produce will be conventional.

Some produce is heavily laden with pesticides when grown conventionally; others not so much. Knowing which is which can be a great help for avoiding chemicals.

Enter the Environmental Working Group’s 2023 Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen™ List!

the dirty dozen™

The Dirty Dozen are the worst offenders of pesticide-doused produce; avoid conventionally grown whenever possible:

  1. Strawberries

  2. Spinach

  3. Kale, Collard, and Mustard Greens

  4. Peaches

  5. Nectarines

  6. Pears

  7. Apples

  8. Grapes

  9. Bell and Hot Peppers

  10. Cherries

  11. Blueberries

  12. Green Beans

the clean fifteen™

The Clean Fifteen are the safest conventionally grown fruits and vegetables.

  1. Avocados

  2. Sweet Corn

  3. Pineapples

  4. Onions

  5. Papayas

  6. Sweet Peas

  7. Asparagus

  8. Honeydew Melon

  9. Kiwi

  10. Mushrooms

  11. Cabbage

  12. Sweet Potatoes

  13. Carrots

  14. Mangoes

  15. Watermelons

Download a wallet-size version of the two lists here. Save it to your phone for whenever you are shopping, or go old school and print and put it in your wallet.


Enjoy the bounty of summer!
Kirstin Lindquist  
21 Days Manager, Owner

BTW Summer is a GREAT time to do our 21 Day Program!

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