Every year the Environmental Working Group posts its list of foods high in pesticides. To download your own copy, go to www.ewg.org and click on the shopper’s guide to obtain your copy.
In the meantime, I am listing the foods:
Clean Fifteen 2013 (Lower in pesticides) *
asparagusÂ Â avocado Â cabbageÂ Â Â cataloupeÂ Â cornÂ Â eggplantÂ Â grapefruit Â kiwiÂ mangoes Â mushroomsÂ onions Â Â papayasÂ Â Â pineapples Â sweet peas (frozen)Â sweet potatoes
*These are the foods that I do not always buy organically, because they are lowest in pesticides.
Dirty Dozen 2013 (Produce highest in pesticides)
ApplesÂ Â Â CeleryÂ Â Â CherriesÂ Â Â TomatoesÂ Â CucumbersÂ Â Â GrapesÂ Â Â Hot PeppersÂ Â Â Nectarines (imported)Â Â PeachesÂ Â Potatoes (white)Â Â SpinachÂ Â StrawberriesÂ Â Sweet Bell Peppers
Collards & Kale, Summer Squash & Zucchini (These contain pesticides of special concern)
(I make a special effort to buy these organically, especially when they cannot be peeled, like grapes. es)