Strawberries contain the largest amount of pesticides – if they are non-organic.

Also this year strawberries top the “Dirty Dozen” list. This is a list of the twelve non-organic fruits and vegetables that contain the most pesticides. See the whole list below.


DIRTY DOZEN 2017 – the non-organic fruits and vegetables containing the most pesticides

1. Strawberries
2. Spinach
3. Nectarines
4. Apples
5. Peaches
6. Pears
7. Cherries
8. Grapes
9. Celery
10. Tomatoes
11. Sweet bell pepper
12. Potatoes
Bonus: Hot peppers


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. You can find the  Clean Fifteen list for 2017 here.

The lists are compiled by the Environmental Working Group, EWG. During the last years EWG has yearly up-dated the lists.