Buy the Clean 15


If  the cost of buying all organic isn’t within your budget, fear not. Check out The Daily Green’s list of fruit and vegetables so clean of pesticides you don’t have to buy organic. (Of course, buying organic is always a good choice for the health of farms and farm workers, regardless of the residue left on the end product.) This feature also includes tips for buying, cleaning, storing and using each fruit and vegetable – as well as delicious recipes!

Here’s a look at the Environmental Working Group’s 2011 Clean 15 list:

1. Onions
2. Sweet Corn *Please see UPDATE post here!
3. Pineapple
4. Avocado
5. Asparagus
6. Sweet green peas
7. Mango
8. Eggplant
9. Cantaloupe (domestic)
10. Kiwi
11. Cabbage
12. Watermelon
13. Sweet Potatoes
14. Grapefruit
15. Mushrooms

2 responses to Buy the Clean 15


    Wow, Gina! Is there anything in your blog I won’t like? Really.

    I already knew this, but yours is the first time I’ve seen a nicely compiled list that isn’t the “deadly dozen” (the opposite of your list, those veggies MOST sprayed). Though I grow organically (I don’t even use “organic” pesticides…I just share my yield and baby my dirt buddies instead).


      We are so connected 😀 I too don’t even use organic pesticides. I will use hose-spraying or hand-picking if I must, but I believe in and have proven to myself the benefits of companion planting and using great organic soil and watering correctly… several steps that help reduce pests. Plus one other step: I over-plant. I allow that a certain amount of.. well everything I grow.. may or may not be attacked by something, so if I can pull out and destroy an infected plant – if need be – and still enjoy enough tomatoes and beans and squash, etc to keep us munching happily, then it’s all good. I also encourage growing radishes and letting some go to seed because many insects will focus on those inexpensive and fast growing plants and ignore the peppers I am babying along! 🙂 Hugs, Gina