Strawberries are very delicious and enjoyed by many people around the world. However, next time you take a bite of any fruit, you'll need to make sure they're washed thoroughly, especially after you've seen what you can find on their surface. In a video recently posted to Twitter, a slice of strawberry is placed under a microscope and the subsequent close-up shows small bugs crawling on it. So could it be that tasty strawberries have microscopic bugs all over them?
While it remains to be seen if the Twitter footage is fully intact, there are definitely bugs that live on and lay their eggs in strawberries. This phenomenon has gained attention in 2020 due to the TikTok trend of using vinegar and salt to pull maggots out of fruit. Although not all strawberries contain larvae, spotted fruit flies have been confirmed to actually lay their eggs in strawberries. This can lead to the appearance of bugs or larvae if the fruit is placed in a mixture of vinegar and salt for a while.
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I'm sorry for ruining it by posting this video of a strawberry under a microscope. pic.twitter.com/xQKSG04OYK
But before you start throwing away your strawberries, know that there is no evidence that ingesting pests that crawl on strawberries will do any harm.
As Lahiri immediately reminded us, eradicating all insects from fruits and vegetables is nearly impossible without increasing the use of pesticides. So just be sure to wash your fruit thoroughly before eating.