If You See Cracks In Your Watermelon, Throw It Away! Here’s Why!
Watermelon is many people’s “all-time favorite fruit” especially during the long and hot summers. You can consume it in many ways, eating it directly, smoothies or even as a fruit salad. Watermelon is a favorite fruit, especially during summers. You can eat it directly, make a smoothie or have it as a salad. But the urge of some people to make the watermelons bigger has recently backfired!
Farmers started noticing that their watermelons were cracking in the middle while in their fields. They found out that this was due to a fertilizer that made the watermelons 20% bigger so that they could be harvested two weeks earlier.
The name of the fertilizer is forchlorfenuron. Aside from making the watermelons bigger, it also gives them white seeds. But how good is it?
This fertilizer was first used in China in the 1980’s. Despite what many people who produce watermelons like these say, the fertilized watermelons don’t taste or look good at all and people don’t buy them. The environmental protection agency says that this fertilizer is toxic and can cause oral and respiratory toxicity. It can also be carcinogenic in some cases.
The safest way to consume products is to buy them organic and fresh or grow them yourself. Avoid eating Chinese foods because they’ve been criticized more than once of producing fake and toxic products with illegal pesticides.
If organic food is something that you have a hard time affording, here is a list of what food is safe for consumption. The foods under “dirty dozen” are soaked in herbicides and pesticides.
The Dirty Dozen
- Snap peas
- Bell peppers
- Cherry tomatoes
The Clean 15 (rinse and wash well before consuming)
- Sweet peas
- Sweet potatoes