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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?  

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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 :-)

Did you talk to the supplier? Maybe you can throw them out and they will replace them? I have had fruit suppliers give me credit for bad fruit before. BTW I dont think those are eggs on your greens, but aphids. I never heard of eggs on greens...but I dont know. Dont eat fruit with worms in it. My 10lbs from The Date People has no bugs in it, and only one bad date so far and Ive already eaten 8lbs.

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!

http://www.fao.org/DOCREP/006/Y4360E/y4360e0g.htm#TopOfPage

That is a list of what date palm farmers contend with, and the non-organic treatments. Shew... so glad to see bugs sometimes.

Yeah, date farmers have to contend with some pretty serious stuff.  I'm with you.  Some nature life in a few dates is not the end of the world.   
I personally would say chuck any that have maggots/eggs in. The brown stuff can also be their excrement (not making them seem any more appealing am I, sorry!) so best to avoid these. I also had a really bad allergic reaction after eating some dates from a pack that contained lots of maggots. I'd not realised I needed to check them all so ate them without realizing their skanky contents! Could you get hold of some fresher dates at all maybe? Sorry to say to bin them...I hate wasting fruit and money too but they're really not very edible (or vegan!).

http://www.30bananasaday.com/forum/topics/photos-of-eggs-larvae-in?...

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!

It is quite common to find worms/eggs in fresh dates, especially when you order in bulk.

I have ordered boxes and boxes from the date people over the past few years, and there has definitely been some worms in them... Usually only when i get the "seconds" though. I've learned to open each and every date before eating it... and that's my advice to you as well. Compost the ones with eggs/worms, and eat the ones without. ;) Enjoy your organic dates! =)

Zoe,

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.

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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. 

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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.

Peace, PK

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.

Zoe,

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.

Peace, PK

 

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