Dirty Dozen/ Clean Fifteen

Since the beginning of this year, I’ve really made an effort to try and buy more organic produce.

I mostly get it from the farmers markets around Perth.There are organic stalls at the following places (if you’re not in Perth, feel free to list farmers markets from around your area)

Poynter Farmers Market – Duncraig

  • Open every second Saturday

Stirling Farmers Market – Stirling

  • On every Sunday

Subiaco Farmers Market – Subiaco

  • On every Saturday

Perth City Farm – East Perth

  • On every Saturday

I have actually found that buying organic produce is not as expensive as I thought it was, but in the back of my mind, I always think about the dirty dozen (nowadays it is the dirty dozen plus!) and the clean fifteen.

For those of you who don’t know what these are, each year, the environmental working group put together a list of the fruit and veggies that have residues of the most and least pesticides. Essentially it is a guide for people who may not be able to afford to buy EVERYTHING organic, but might be able to afford some. So, you can prioritise.

Usually, the clean fifteen are things that have such thick skins, any pesticides (or pests) don’t penetrate the edible part, or (like in the case of mushrooms) they don’t require a lot of pesticides.

They are:

The Dirty Dozen Plus: Apples, celery, cherry tomatoes,  cucumbers, grapes, chilli, nectarines, peaches, potatoes, spinach,  strawberries, capsicum, kale and collard greens, zucchini.

The Clean Fifteen: Asparagus, avocados, cabbage, rockmelon,  sweet corn, eggplant, grapefruit, kiwi, mangoes, mushrooms, papaya, onions,  pineapples, sweet peas, sweet potatoes.

My only problem though is, I can never bloody remember what they are!

So, here is a lovely printable you can print as a photo and stick to your fridge.

Download as a pic (which you can get printed as a photo in 5″ x 7″ size)


Dirty Dozen Clean Fifteen
Dirty Dozen Clean Fifteen list for 2013 in a 5″ x 7″ size






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