The amounts of pesticides and toxins can vary widely in different kinds of non-organic fruits and vegetables. As a result, the Environmental Working Group, EWG, yearly tests how much chemicals conventionally grown fruits and vegetables contain.

Based on the results, EWG has designed two lists, called “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen”. Included in the list “Dirty Dozen” are the twelve non-organic fruits and vegetables that contain the most pesticides. On the other hand, “Clean Fifteen” lists the 15 “cleanest” non-organic fruits and vegetables, ie those containing the smallest amount of pesticides and toxins. The lists have been updated yearly in recent years. Below you can find the “Clean Fifteen” list  for 2017.


CLEAN FIFTEEN 2017 – the non-organic fruits and vegetables containing a the smallest amount of pesticides.

  1. Sweet corn*
  2. Avocados
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbage
  5. Onions
  6. Sweet peas (frozen)
  7. Papayas*
  8. Asparagus
  9. Mangos
  10. Eggplant
  11. Honeydew Melon
  12. Kiwi
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Grapefruit

*EWG warns that a small amount of sweet corn, papaya and summer squash sold in the United States is produced from genetically modified seeds.

In the next blog post, the “Dirty Dozen” will be presented.