Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 Lists (2024)

The Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 lists are released annually by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) to highlight the non-organic fruits and vegetables with the highest and lowest pesticide residues.

We have updated these lists every year for the past 12 years. Here are the lists for 2024.

5 avocados and two avocado halves on top of a wooden table.

What are the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen Lists?

The Dirty 12™ and Clean 15™ lists are annual publications from The Environmental Working Group (EWG) to inform consumers about fruit and vegetable pesticide exposure.

The information on these lists comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) data.

The EWG, a non-profit organization that aims to protect public health and the environment, recommends consuming produce from the Clean Fifteen list while choosing organic options for the items on the Dirty Dozen list to reduce exposure to harmful pesticides while still enjoying a varied diet of fresh fruits and vegetables.

A strawberry plant with a couple of ripe and a few unripe strawberries.

The EWG recommends everyone to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, whether organic or conventionally grown as, they say, “the health benefits outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure.”

The Dirty Dozen™ List 2024

This list includes 12 non-organic fruits and vegetables that are found to have the highest levels of pesticide residue, even after being washed and peeled. The EWG recommends choosing organic options for these items.

  1. Strawberries, try our strawberry agua fresca recipe.
  2. Spinach
  3. Kale, collard and mustard greens
  4. Grapes
  5. Peaches
  6. Pears
  7. Nectarines
  8. Apples, try our apple-ginger pie recipe.
  9. Bell and hot peppers
  10. Cherries
  11. Blueberries
  12. Green Beans
Ewg's dirty dozen list for 2024, highlighting the top 12 fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide residues.

The Clean Fifteen™ List 2024

This list includes fruits and vegetables with the lowest levels of pesticides.

  1. Avocados, try our avocado salsa recipe
  2. Sweet corn*
  3. Pineapple
  4. Onions
  5. Papaya* try our papaya-coconut biónico recipe
  6. Sweet peas (frozen)
  7. Asparagus
  8. Honeydew melon
  9. Kiwi
  10. Cabbage
  11. Watermelon, try our watermelon agua fresca recipe.
  12. Mushrooms
  13. Mangos
  14. Sweet potatoes
  15. Carrots

* A small amount of sweet corn, papaya and summer squash sold in the United States is produced from genetically modified seeds. Buy organic varieties of these crops if you want to avoid genetically modified produce. See the whole list.

A colorful chart displaying EWG's clean 15 list for 2024, featuring photos of fruits and vegetables such as avocados, onions, and pineapples that are considered

Other Fruit and Vegetables.

This list includes the fruits and vegetables in between Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen. Here it is in order of highest to lowest pesticide levels.

  1. Tomatoes
  2. Winter squash
  3. Cherry tomatoes
  4. Celery
  5. Lettuce
  6. Tangerines
  7. Cucumber
  8. Summer squash
  9. Broccoli
  10. Potatoes
  11. Plums
  12. Eggplant
  13. Raspberry
  14. Grapefruit
  15. Snap peas
  16. Oranges
  17. Cantaloupe
  18. Bananas
  19. Cauliflower
a collage of fruits and vegetables

EWG’s 2024 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce analyzes data from tests conducted by the Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration on 47,510 samples of 46 fruits and vegetables.

For more detailed information please visit The EWG official website.

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