In the dates I ordered a while back (they are really good dates) when I cut them open, in about 1/3 of them I find little eggs. I'm a little bit of a squeamish so I've just been tossing those.
But I don't like wasting so many dates. Should I just scrape the eggs out and eat them? Is anybody else finding the same thing in their dates? What do you do about it?
I was intrigued by the post so went in to check my dates, and ended up eating a half pound of them.
So you sure didn't freak me out!
A picture would define it, leaving us to use our minds may make for more hysteria than a definition. I respect your decision though! Thanks for thinking of us :-)
I just bought some dates too, so being interested I cut about 2 more pounds open, and sure enough I found three dates with some little tiny eggs in it.
I ate them... does this mean I am not vegan anymore? Hahaa!!! I really don't care, if it was full on fast moving worms... yeah I woulda freaked for a sec. I grew up with a garden in the yard about a 1/2 acre in size, there were bugs everywhere. We never sprayed a single pesticide, and sure we ate some worms etc.. I chose to eat the plants natural bacterias and worms rather than eat the steamed and cyanided alternative!
That is a list of what date palm farmers contend with, and the non-organic treatments. Shew... so glad to see bugs sometimes.
Here is a link to an earlier discussion on this issue.
I would disagree that eating a date with a incidental bug in it is less vegan than eating pesticide infested fruits which led to the death of many more insects and people.
Have a great day !
Good call, Eric. I should have searched to see if this conversation had already happened. The eggs look exactly like the ones in that picture.
And yeah, touche about the figs. I know those crunchy bits were bugs, and I eat figs anyway.
If I could have a house made out of fruit, I would, too!
I know this answer is late, but for future reference...
I have an unconventional philosophy, if the bugs are eating the fruit, it must be good. If they are not eating and or interested in my fruit I worry a little. For example, I like to see fruit flies in my house, not infested, but just to know I have stuff that is not overly chemically treated.
I am also saying this so some people do not panic about their dates. Sometimes what might look like eggs is actually just date sugars.
As far as you seeing the worms, I might cut them in half, and scrape the worms and eggs off, and clean them in water.
In nature, primates eat most of their fruit without washing it, and they do get some bugs and their eggs.
What worries me more is soft, bruised, rotten, smelly, and or fermented fruit. I have had some bad experienced ingestion bacteria infested fruit. But never from bugs and crawlies. So far. Knock on wood.
No, not too late at all! I had been wondering about this questions for a long time before I ever got around to asking it.
I like the idea of just washing them and eating them. Then, no waste! Btw, I've noticed I found more eggs in the khadrawy dates. I'm into my stash of other types of dates and I haven't found hardly any with eggs. And I haven't found any worms since that day. So only 3 worms in all (they were just little and cute).
Thanks PK! Are you really just 1 person? How do you answer so many questions? I always appreciate your reasonableness and thoughtful insights.
Little and cute worms:) LOLs! I think some of the little worms are cute too!
Your words are kind, and yes, I am only one person. Happy if I have been of assistance for you and or others.