They're worms and poop. Welcome to the world of organic dates.
Haha. Bugs are good bro! Not eating them I mean...
If bugs don't mind eating your fruit then that's a good sign you shouldn't mind eating the fruit neither. If bugs won't go near your fruit in fear of dying by just nibbling on it, I wouldn't get near the fruit neither.
I find bugs in my greens all the time. If they are dead I pick them off. If they are alive I put them outside.
I remember finding teeny tiny bugs in my dates before, very small guys that looked like flakes of dirt. They were dead so I picked them off. Then I smiled at the good looking dates and enjoyed myself.
Bugs are not bad. Unless I opened a box of dates and found it full of little bugs with their full little bellies and none left for me.
Brian, you are soooo funny! Love your response! It helps to have a great sense of humor. Thanks for the laugh.
wow was it a whole lot??? I'd like to see, also I was considering ordering from them,
IMHO i think its the nature of the beast what do you expect when eating organic as this happens oftenw with greens, I just wash off and go...
when I ordered at 7hotdates.com I got a few like 5-9 out of a 5pound box with little black dots, I just threw them away or you could compost it I suppose which isn't that bad, but if it was every date or a whole lot more dates I would take pictures and tell the company.
i know it sounds strange but post pictures, Id like to see..
Yeah, I had them too. Luckily date bugs and their poop taste like dates. ;) I just scrape out the insects and the poop and enjoy.
My mother always used to say "You are what you eat, so the worms in the apples are just made out of apple." LOL!
I've been ordering from Shields Date Garden and have had the same experience. Nearly a third of the dates I've cut open in my most recent shipment have had bug eggs (or poop or some kind of little blackish brown bits) inside of them and a couple have had actual bugs in them. What I've been doing is just tossing the ones that have bugs or eggs inside and eating the rest. It's kind of gross inspecting them all, so I usually cut them open and inspect them the night before I plan on eating them, so that when I go to eat them I won't ruin my appetite by finding a bug.
You have three options.
1. Send them back.
2. Clean out the bugs and eat the dates.
3. Eat the dates and the bugs for a little extra B12 boost.
You really can't go wrong. It's all good.
Once I had 10 pounds of dried tomatoes with moths and maggots. I let the moths and maggots go, cleaned the cacoons out and ate the 10 lbs. Had little moths flying around the house for about a month.