How to tell crops are ready to harvest and eat?

How can I tell if the crops I am growing are ready to harvest? Aside from washing them thoroughly, what else should I do to make sure they are safe for eating? If washed well, can I eat say carrots that I have grown in the ground without cooking them?

Asked by Patrick on 29th Sep 2020
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"The best way is to pick one, wash it under the tap and eat."
Answered on 29th Oct 2020 - Member since Feb 2020 - report
"Just wash them really good, and yes you can eat your carrots raw"
Answered on 29th Sep 2020 - Member since Jul 2020 - report
"Normally crops which are ready to harvest present themselves with yellowing leaves, which means they won't photosynthesise any longer. For crops that don't have yellowing leaves, its about the colour of the fruit. It should be ripe and full of colour. Raw fruit and veg is perfectly safe to eat once thoroughly washed. You can wash or soak your produce in water with added white wine vinegar or similar to ensure no traces of pesticides etc remain. I hope this helps. Happy harvesting!"
Answered on 29th Sep 2020 - Member since Sep 2020 - report
"Best advice is to contact local garden centre they can give you a more accurate advice"
Answered on 29th Sep 2020 - Member since Aug 2019 - report
"Give your fruit or vegetables a good Wash or let them soak
Leaves on vegetables will start to die off when they are ready,
Fruit should be soft to touch and good colour"
Answered on 14th Oct 2020 - Member since Feb 2020 - report
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