Environmental Working Group 2023

Each year, the Environmental Working Group does tests on fruits and vegetables for pesticides.  This year’s list came out in March 2023. I paid for my list and I am happy to share that list with you here:

Full List

The Shopper’s Guide™ represents EWG’s analysis of the latest fruit and vegetable testing data from the Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration. The 2023 guide includes data from 46,569 samples of 46 fruits and vegetables.

Dirty Dozen™

Of the 46 items included in our analysis, these 12 fruits and vegetables were most contaminated with pesticides.

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Kale, collard & mustard greens
  4. Peaches
  5. Pears
  6. Nectarines
  7. Apples
  8. Grapes
  9. Bell & hot Peppers
  10. Cherries
  11. Blueberries
  12. Green Beans

Tested for, but not on either list

These 19 items were included in the fruit and vegetable testing data from the USDA and FDA but do not fall into either the Dirty Dozen or Clean Fifteen lists.

  1. Tomatoes
  2. Winter squash
  3. Celery
  4. Potatoes
  5. Cherry Tomatoes
  6. Lettuce
  7. Tangerines
  8. Cucumbers
  9. Broccoli
  10. Summer squash*
  11. Plums
  12. Eggplant
  13. Raspberries
  14. Grapefruit
  15. Snap Peas
  16. Oranges
  17. Cantaloupe
  18. Bananas
  19. Cauliflower

Clean 15™

These 15 items had the lowest amounts of pesticide residues, according to EWG’s analysis of the most recent USDA data.

  1. Carrots
  2. Watermelon
  3. Sweet Potatoes
  4. Mangoes
  5. Mushrooms
  6. Cabbage
  7. Kiwi
  8. Honeydew melon
  9. Asparagus
  10. Sweet peas (frozen)
  11. Papaya*
  12. Onions
  13. Pineapple
  14. Sweet corn*
  15. Avocados

* A small amount of sweet corn, papaya and summer squash sold in the United States is produced from genetically modified seeds. Buy organic.


Please share this list with people you care about.

Till next time,

Please be kind to everyone you meet, for we all have our hidden sorrows. ~Tzaddi, aka Dr. Pam Young, PhD


2 responses to “Environmental Working Group 2023

  1. cousinalvin

    We missed you at baker reunion!


  2. Thank you. I wish I could have been there!


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