Shopper Alert: The Dirty Dozen

organic peachesThe 12 fruits and vegetables with the highest concentrates of pesticides are named The Dirty Dozen. Conventionally grown produce with thin skins – like peaches and apples – absorb high levels of pesticide residue through their skin. Produce containing the highest levels of pesticide earn a spot on the annual “Dirty Dozen” list.

Research has found that people who eat five fruits and vegetables a day from the Dirty Dozen list consume an average of 10 pesticides a day. To be safe, it’s best to buy these grown organically.

The Dirty Dozen list – best to buy these organically grown:

  1. Celery
  2. Peaches*
  3. Strawberries
  4. Apples*
  5. Blueberries
  6. Nectarines*
  7. Bell Peppers
  8. Spinach
  9. Kale
  10. Cherries*
  11. Potatoes
  12. Grapes (Imported)

*All Aloha Organic Fruit is 100% certified organic: peaches, apricots, nectarines, cherries, plums, pears and apples. You can enjoy safe, delicious organic fruit year-round with our jams and fruit in a jar.

More information here about the Dirty Dozen Fruits & Vegetables

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  • Will washing and peeling help?
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