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Are berries grown in china good to eat?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created May 18, 2013 at 10:47 PM

A local store has bulk berries that are good quality (in terms of taste). Some are from Canada, some USA, some Chili, some China.

A few of the berries are only from China. I'd really like to eat their blackberries, and can't find any good ones apart from this source.

But I've heard a lot about chinese food production. Would chinese berries sold abroad be healthy to eat, or do the health risks of pesticides and contamination outweigh any benefits I might get from the berries?

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on May 20, 2013
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Berries freeze very well and dry if you have a dehydrator. We load up in the summer and freeze them-they last all year.

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http://outdoors.ca/en-CA/Articles/BerryPickingInCanada.aspx

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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at 03:39 AM

Don't berries grow there in the summer???

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on May 19, 2013
at 08:42 PM

In canada, so no berries on sale in season most of the year.

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on May 19, 2013
at 04:11 PM

ty for pointing that out

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on May 19, 2013
at 04:41 AM

Are you the author of the page at http://www.redicecreations.com/article.php?id=14935 ? If not, this quote needs to be attributed.

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on May 19, 2013
at 03:45 AM

Toronto- No Frills i bought the most horribly disgusting fiji apples from china.. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY are we importing friggin apples from china. Why did i buy them..? cuz i was having an apple crumble pie emergency and i wsnt at my usual shopping place. blechh! worse flavour and texture evrrr!

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on May 19, 2013
at 01:05 AM

i personally would avoid all food from china, if possible. from melamine, cyclamate, fake eggs, "extract" added to pork to disguise it as beef, cabbage sprayed with formaldehyde, clenbuterol, "gutter oil," etc., it seems quite dubious.

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3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on May 19, 2013
at 02:55 PM

That's a pretty big carbon footprint for berries which surely grow closer to home. You don't say if the berries are dried, frozen, or fresh, but in any case, what did they have to do to get the berries to your store and sell them for less money than local berries? Buy local. If possible, in season and go to the farm to see them growing yourself. Buy in bulk at peak of season, freeze, can, or dry them yourself. Then you'll know their safety and you'll support agriculture at home.

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on May 20, 2013
at 03:39 AM

Don't berries grow there in the summer???

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

(8395)

on May 20, 2013
at 03:44 AM

Berries freeze very well and dry if you have a dehydrator. We load up in the summer and freeze them-they last all year.

032b342bc20e78d74f3954af570c6258

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on May 19, 2013
at 08:42 PM

In canada, so no berries on sale in season most of the year.

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on May 20, 2013
at 03:41 AM

http://outdoors.ca/en-CA/Articles/BerryPickingInCanada.aspx

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on May 19, 2013
at 01:10 AM

I live in Shanghai. I don't buy any fruits or vegetables here unless they're from a source that I know and trust, either from word of mouth or research. Though the berries shipped to the US may have to pass more rigorous testing than the ones sold here, I personally would refrain from buying any fresh foods shipped from China. And after the recent news about the fake meats, especially meats!

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on May 19, 2013
at 03:10 AM

Re : Garlic

"Lastly, not all garlics are alike. Be sure to sure to buy organically grown strong garlic. And watch out for garlic that has been irradiated, mostly coming from China. Irradiation is the process of exposing raw and/or processed food to ionizing radiation, which claims to kill disease and pathogens and extend the shelf-life by altering a plant's (clove's) ability to sprout. Irridiated garlic keeps for a long time and retains it's flavor but loses it's pungency - no heat when raw. The reason for this is that the irradiation literally kills the garlic and it is dead. When you slice irradiated garlic cloves vertically, instead of a healthy, living, light green central spike, it is brown and wilted since it is dead. Irradiated food cannot be recognized by sight, smell, taste, or feel. In the USA, irradiated foods will be labeled with a logo, along with the words "Treated with Radiation", or "Treated by Irradiation." It is best to buy garlic from your local farmers??? market or grow your own. "

redicecreations.com/article.php?id=14935

Try to eat local and in season when ever you can. Or at least things grown nearest...

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on May 19, 2013
at 04:41 AM

Are you the author of the page at http://www.redicecreations.com/article.php?id=14935 ? If not, this quote needs to be attributed.

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

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on May 19, 2013
at 04:11 PM

ty for pointing that out

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on May 20, 2013
at 01:04 AM

I follow the dirty dozen/clean fifteen recommendations when it comes to produce. Berries tend to have a very high level of pesticide contamination http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/

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on May 20, 2013
at 12:22 AM

I'm currently in China and the food situation is a real worry and makes me think of leaving way sooner than I was planning. If you could see the water here and think about that being used to water crops shudders

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