Asked September 20, 2020, 5:49 PM EDT

Will the smoke and ash affect the taste of ripe tomatoes on the vine still?

Jackson County Oregon

1 Response

The following information comes from a recent OSU Extension publication Take precautions when wildfire ash falls on fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables in the garden that have been showered with ash from wildfires should be safe to consume, according to Oregon State University Extension Service experts. Ash and smoke are unlikely to penetrate fruit and vegetables."
To be safe, wash and/or peel what you eat. But take more precautions if the produce was near a structure that burned and could have released toxins in the air.
My tomatoes are covered in a gritty ash which I rinse off; I did not detect any change in taste from those I used before the fires.