Pesticides in Produce

Pesticides in Fruit

Food Organic or safest from these countries EWG Pesticide Rank – Higher is safer
african mango organic only Not ranked
apples New Zealand 2
apricot organic only Not ranked
banana Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras or Mexico 30
blackberries organic only Not ranked
blueberries domestic organic only 14
blueberries imported Uruguay, Argentina, Canada and Chile 19
camu-camu organic only Not ranked
cantaloupe Honduras, Mexico, Costa Rica or Guatemala 37
cherries US 7
coconut organic only Not ranked
cranberries organic only Not ranked
figs organic only Not ranked
goji berries organic only Not ranked
grapefruit US 38
grapes Chile, Mexico, Peru or US 6
honey dew melon organic only 39
indian gooseberry organic only Not ranked
kiwi organic only 41
lemon organic only Not ranked
lime organic only Not ranked
mango Mexico or Guatemala 43
nectarine organic only 3
orange Chile, South Africa or US 31
papaya Belize, Brazil, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico or US 42
passion fruit organic only Not ranked
peach organic only 4
pear Argentina or US 22
pineapple Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico or US 48
plums US 21
pomegranates organic only Not ranked
raspberries Mexico or US 23
rhubarb organic only Not ranked
strawberries Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico or US 1 (worst ranking)
tangerines organic only 26
tomatoes organic only  9
watermelon Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico or US 32

Pesticides in Vegetables

Food Organic or safest from these countries EWG rank – Higher is safer
artichoke organic only Not ranked
arugula organic only Not ranked
asparagus Mexico and US 44
avocados Chile, Mexico and Peru 50
beans organic only Not ranked
beets / beet greens organic only Not ranked
bell peppers organic only 10
bok choy organic only Not ranked
broccoli Mexico or US 33
broccoli rabe organic only Not ranked
brussel sprouts organic only Not ranked
cabbage Canada, Mexico or US 47
carrots organic only 24
cauliflower Mexico and the US 36
celery Mexico 5
cherry tomatoes US 11
collards US Not ranked
cucumbers Canada 12
eggplant Honduras or US 40
garlic organic only Not ranked
green beans organic only 20
green onions Mexico and US 29
hot peppers organic only 16
Jerusalem artichoke organic only Not ranked
kale / collard greens Mexico 18
lettuce Mexico or US 17
mushrooms Canada or US 35
olives organic only Not ranked
onions Peru or US 45
parsnip organic only Not ranked
peppers – see bell peppers and hot peppers organic only Not ranked
potatoes (russet baked) Canada 15
pumpkin organic only Not ranked
quinoa organic only Not ranked
radish organic only Not ranked
rice – brown / wild organic only Not ranked
romaine lettuce – see lettuce organic only Not ranked
sea vegetables organic only Not ranked
snap peas imported Mexico 13
snap peas domestic US 28
spinach Mexico or US 8
squash organic only Not ranked
summer squash Mexico 27
sweet corn Mexico or US 49
sweet peas organic only 46
sweet potatoes organic only 34
tomates Canada 9
turnip greens organic only Not ranked
watercress organic only Not ranked
wheat grass organic only Not ranked
winter squash Guatemala, Honduras or Mexico 25

Resources:

Environmental Working Group (EWG) list of produce with the highest pesticides.  A ranking of 1 is the worst.  Apples are ranked #1, so apples were found the have the most pesticides in EWG’s testing.

Consumer Reports Pesticides in Produce report