Are You Growing Organic Berries?

Growing Organic Berries at Home

If you’ve been enjoying growing berries at home, you’re probably well versed in the how-to aspects of berry growing and may be interested in taking your knowledge to a whole new level. If you want to learn more about berry growing and what criteria need to be met to determine if berries are organic, read on...

What is Organic?

Essentially, when it comes to growing berries, and really all fruits and vegetables in general, the term organic is often discussed. What fruits or berries are organic? Are the berries you yield from berry growing organic?

The United States Department of Agriculture has strict criteria for labeling a fruit or vegetable organic and that includes blueberries, strawberries, or raspberries. If you browse their website, you can find out more information about the term organic.

There is actually a distinction between the word organic and “100% organic.” The phrase “100% organic” means that the item was made with 100% organic ingredients. The term “organic” means that the item was made with 95% organic ingredients.

Conventional produce refers to produce that was grown with the use of synthetic chemicals preservatives. If you’re growing berries at home, you probably don’t need to be overly concerned about this label.

Watch the Terminology

When you’re growing berries at home, you might actually be producing organic berries. It all depends on what products you use in the growing process. However, the term “organic” really can only be given to fruit that is inspected by the U.S.D.A. and meets their criteria, so if you’re reselling berries you produce on your own, you really can’t use the term organic.

Even veteran berry growers do find themselves purchasing store-bought berries from time to time. Before purchasing berries or any type of produce, it is important to read labels. Sometimes a supermarket might have a sign saying “organic” but there is conventional produce underneath it.

If you’re interested in organic berries, read the product labels before putting any berries or other fruits and vegetables in your grocery cart. It’s easy to tell a conventional apple by it’s shiny, waxed coating, but it’s more difficult to determine the difference between conventional and organic berries. Sometimes organic strawberries tend to be smaller than conventional strawberries; however, the difference between organic and conventional blueberries and raspberries will virtually be undiscernable.

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