Smoke damage and vegetable harvest

Asked September 15, 2020, 7:30 PM EDT

Wildfires caused 4 days of hazardous air quality (AQI=400+). I still have vegetables in my garden to harvest... beans, chard, tomatoes, peppers, zucchini. Is it safe to eat them if a wash them or do I need to clean them some other way (like vinegar and water)?

Clackamas County Oregon

6 Responses

Thank you for your question. This article on the topic was in the Oregonian last week: https://today.oregonstate.edu/news/take-precautions-when-wildfire-ash-falls-fruits-and-vegetables Hope this is helpful. Good luck!

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