Fruits You HAVE to Eat Organic

Every year, a nonprofit organization called the Environmental Task Force (EEC) does extensive plant testing to determine which has the highest levels of pesticide residues. Most of the entries in the list are fruits. Many of them have had different types of waste, even up to 10 different types in one harvest!

We will break down the 7 “dirtiest” fruits according to the EEC, including what makes them particularly susceptible to pesticide residues. To protect your family’s health, we recommend that you always buy these organic foods whenever you can.

Stay with us all the way, where we’ll give you a little tip for cleaning your products that will help you remove pesticides better than simply rinsing them in water. We will also tell you about some foods that contain very little pesticide residue.

But now let’s look at the most contaminated products that can fall on your plate. If possible, budget for organic versions of the following.

1. Strawberries

Strawberries are at the top of the list every year. More than a third of the strawberry samples analyzed in 2016 contained 10 or more pesticide residues and decomposition products that occur as pesticides change over time. There are some possible explanations for why strawberries contain so much pesticide.

For starters, they are very tender fruits that have seeds on the outside. The seeds form small cracks in which pesticides can hide. The smooth skin also makes it easier to absorb liquids that come into contact with the fruit.

Strawberries are also grown in direct contact with dirt and eaten as is, ie without peeling. And because strawberries are so delicate, they are not washed before packing and shipping.

2. Nectarines

Nectarines are on the list because, like strawberries, they are very delicate fruits. Each nectarine sample tested contained at least one pesticide. Peach’s cousin, nectarines are lint-free to keep pesticides off their skin, and we eat the skin of the fruit and everything.

The skin of a nectarine offers little resistance to the absorption of chemicals, but some pesticides are designed to be absorbed by the fruit to protect against pests that like to bury and consume the juice.


Apples are particularly problematic because they tend to absorb chemicals even after harvesting. Diphenylamine is an antioxidant chemical treatment that is used to prevent apple peel from developing brown or black spots known as “memory blanks”.

Of course, nobody wants crushed or ragged apples, but this practice of treating apples after harvest leaves about 80% of all samples positive. The residue levels are also higher than for other fruits.

4. Grapes

More than 50 different pesticides have been found on grapes. And because the grapes are grown in tightly bundled grapes, pesticides and other residues remain between the fruits. Not surprisingly, both raisins and wine are rich in hazardous waste.

For this reason, grapes must be washed carefully, including organic grapes. In fact, it is better to soak the grapes than to rinse and remove them with visibly split skin.

5. Peaches

Peaches are a common entry in the dirty dozen list. In recent tests, 60 different types of pesticide residues were found on peaches, with 98% of traditional peaches containing at least one type.

Peaches have very smooth skin, which is particularly susceptible to the absorption of chemical residues. If you can’t afford organic peaches, any citrus fruit with a peel removed is safer. Peeling peaches can also help reduce your exposure.

6. Pears

Pesticides on non-organic pears have more than doubled in recent years, according to tests by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. USA A total of 48% of the pears tested showed the residue of five or more pesticides.

For comparison, only 3% of pears showed this degree of contamination in 2010. The type of poison found in pears includes fungicides to combat mold and mildew, and insecticides to prevent hungry pests.

7. Cherries

Cherries, which complete our list of the seven most pesticide-laden foods, can be particularly affected, as pesticides are applied to cherry trees in several stages, starting when the trees are at rest.

Aerosols are also used on the petals