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.
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.
Yep, it's just date weevils! I get my dates from Shields and sometimes we get great batches with no bugs, and other times we get one buggy date to every 3 non-buggy date. I don't eat the dates with bugs, but my doggie loves them! I'm happy that some of my dates have bugs...means there's no chemical pesticides sprayed on them. :)
Actually, I read a study that non-organic produce often has pests, and that pest resistance to pesticides increases every year. One of the biggest problems is that spraying pesticides kills the predators and often the pests rebound more quickly than the predator species.
I have bought organic dates from the Date People and from Bautista (7HotDates) and not encountered this level of weevil damage. I don't know if they sort their dates better or if this is a bad year for Shields or if Shields has some other issue. One thing I thought of... these are "promotional dates" at a seriously low price. Did Shields sell us all the buggy dates because they thought we wouldn't quibble since we were getting them at the low rate?