People on TikTok are claiming that if you submerge strawberries into salt water that you will find small bugs and worms will crawl out of them – it looks like eating strawberries has been ruined forever.
People have started sharing gross footage on TikTok in which they show helpful fruit cleaning methods, yet many were left disgusted by what is found in the process. In store-bought strawberries, footage shows as critters emerge when submerged in salt water.
Krista Torres, a writer, posted a video of herself that shows her making gagging noises as she watches in horror as a tiny worm crawls out of one of her fresh strawberries – this is after they’ve been soaked in salt water for around 30 minutes.
She is shown holding a strawberry up to the camera, saying: “It’s moving, there it is.
“Oh my God, I am going to barf. I am so disgusted right now.”
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After watching, one person commented: “I don’t think I will ever eat berries again!”
Whilst another added: “Strawberry sales are about to go down.”
However, some were a little less fussed and joked that by eating the strawberries they would be also getting some “extra protein” too.
Similarly, TikTok user @31toni decided to soak her strawberries in a bowl of salt water after she had watched overs do the same.
Observing the water, she commented: “The water already looking a little bit musty.
Suddenly, the video shows as something catches her eye in the water and she quickly goes closer to inspect the bowl.
She is shown exclaiming: “Shut the f**k up. I see a bug already. I know you y’all see that.
“That’s another one. That s**t is high-key gross. I think he is even holding a smaller bug in his hand.”
Horrified, the woman then scoops the bugs out of the water by using a fork and notes that that’s the end of the video, stating: “There are also some other gross things in there.”
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Inspired by the footage, Lauren Gambrell decided to test it out for herself and submerged her strawberries in a combination of vinegar, water and salt.
After seeing the revolting results, she said: “After nearly 25 years of living, TikTok taught me how to properly wash strawberries. They are FILLED with tiny bugs and tons of dirt!!”
The woman posted pictures of her result onto Facebook and the images show that her new bowl is covered in a layer of dirt – and most likely some microscopic bugs – from the strawberries.
She captioned one of the images: “Fuzz off the strawberries, dirt and maybe some buggies, but I wasn’t keeping the water to search for them.”
Disturbed by the footage, viewers have said that strawberries are officially ‘cancelled’ and that people should be aware that it’s not just strawberries that contain these tiny critters.
The Cloud Mountain Farm Center has commented on the issue, stating: “The worms are most likely the larvae of Spotted Wing Drosophila, a non-native fruit fly that lays its eggs on just ripening berries and cherries.”
Many people have taken to the comments section of these videos and tried to reassure others that despite there being bugs in the fruit, they aren’t actually harmful if they’re digested – and that people should realise it’s not just found in fruit either.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a set of guidelines in force for the amount of bugs and mould that are allowed to be in produce.
The website has explained: “The FDA set these action levels because it is economically impractical to grow, harvest, or process raw products that are totally free of non-hazardous, naturally occurring unavoidable defects.”