Last week’s “Hot Tip” featured the “dirty dozen,” the 12 fruits and vegetables with the highest levels of pesticide residues. Well, here is the “clean 15,” also put together by the Environmental Working Group, it covers the produce with the lowest levels of pesticide residues.

Sure, organic is preferred, for health, for the farm workers who spend their days around these chemicals, and for the environment. That said, when faced with an organically-grown melon that is twice the price of a conventionally-grown one, sometimes frugality wins out. Plus, organic isn’t always available. To help keep you informed of the best choices for your family, here is the “Clean 15:”

  1. Onions
  2. Avocado
  3. Sweet Corn
  4. Pineapple
  5. Mangos
  6. Sweet Peas
  7. Asparagus
  8. Kiwi
  9. Cabbage
  10. Eggplant
  11. Cantaloupe
  12. Watermelon
  13. Grapefruit
  14. Sweet Potato
  15. Honeydew Melon

For more information about the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15, go to

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  1. Meg Hart
    01.25.2011 at 7:51 PM #

    Love this one too – every post thus far has contained information I can apply, today. Very relevant, and invitingly written. Thanks for sharing all that wisdom!

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