We’re sure you’ve heard of the “Dirty Dozen” — the 12 pieces of produce most likely to have contamination from pesticides, herbicides, and other dangerous chemicals. The Clean 15 is the chemical-free counterpart to that list — the 15 vegetables you’re going to want to buy more of at the grocery store.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) devised their Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides by analyzing which fruits and vegetables have the lowest pesticide residues in grocery stores. They revise the list every year, ensuring that their recommendations remain updated with current farming practices. This year, they tested 48 of the most popular fruits and vegetables and narrowed down the results to reveal the best and the worst offenders when it comes to pesticide residue.
“It is important to note that the samples are tested for pesticides after they have been prepared to be eaten,” the EWG’s website warns. “This means the produce is thoroughly washed and, when applicable, peeled. After these preparations, pesticide residues are still detected on many of the fruits and veggies.”
Pesticides can have a real impact on the health of your home, with effects ranging from cancer risk to disruptions in pregnancy. Though the Dirty Dozen (which you can find here) are best kept off your grocery list, these are the 15 fruits and vegetables least likely to poison you.