Pesticide’s in Produce, and Herbs!

I have talked about which vegetables were most important and least important to buy organic before. The Environmental Working Group has just updated their report of the pesticide load in vegetables. They examined 53 fruits and vegetables and then gave us a list of the cleanest and the dirtiest. Note that the vegetables were tested after they had been washed and peeled, and were ready to eat.

Dirty Dozen, to buy organic!

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Strawberries
  4. Peaches
  5. Spinach
  6. Imported Nectarines
  7. Imported Grapes
  8. Sweet Bell Peppers
  9. Potatoes
  10. Domestic Blueberries
  11. Lettuce
  12. Kale/Collard Greens

Cleanest Fifteen, lowest in pesticides, buy these local

  1. Onions
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Avocado
  5. Asparagus
  6. Sweet Peas
  7. Mangoes
  8. Eggplant
  9. Domestic Cantaloupe
  10. Kiwi
  11. Cabbage
  12. Watermelon
  13. Sweet Potatoes
  14. Grapefruit
  15. Mushrooms

Cilantro was tested for the first time this year, and the results were stunning. 44% of the cilantro samples tested contained 33 unapproved pesticides! Buy your cilantro organic!!

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