The Clean 15

We eat a lot of onions.  As an essential ingredient in almost every savory dish I cook, we go through quite a few onions in a week.  Until recently, I was convinced organic was better because we ate with onions great regularity and I also assumed because they grew in the ground onions would be more apt to 'store' chemicals.  I am sure I'm not alone in this train of thought.  It turns out, making the total switch to organic produce may not be necessary according to the Environmental Work Group

The EWO suggests that by avoiding certain types of organic produce one can reduce the amount of toxins you consume on a daily basis by as much as 80 percent.  This list to avoid is called the Dirty Dozen.  The EWO also determined the Clean 15.  A list of 15 vegetables and fruits that bore little to no traces of pesticides, and are relatively 'safe' to consume in non-organic form.

So, where to go from here?  Stop buying the Clean 15 organically?  I just might if the budget is especially tight.  After all, 99 cents for 2 pounds of onions sure beats the heck out of $2.49.

The Clean 15

  • AsparagusEggplant-clean15
  • Avacados
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupe
  • Eggplant
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Mango
  • Onions
  • Pineapples
  • Sweet corn
  • Sweet onions
  • Sweet peas
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Watermelon


  • Here’s a link to the EWO’s website where they have a downloadable PDF that outlines the Clean 15 and the Dirty Dozen. They also have a great little app that lets you have the lists handy on your iPhone.

    AnitaDecember 2, 2010
  • You should list the dirty dozen

    The HusbandFebruary 1, 2011
  • Oops, found it.

    The HusbandFebruary 1, 2011

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