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Pupaes or not? #295435

Asked January 03, 2016, 9:45 AM EST

While skinning some figs I found these 2 dark spots in the fig and thought this could be fruit fly pupaes. As I have never seen pupaes of fruit fly but only the worm stage I wondered if it would be safe to eat the figs.

Photo attached next to a metric tape measure.

Montgomery County Outside United States

Expert Response

Yes, those are fruit fly pupae.  Yes, it would be safe to eat the figs.  In reality we probably gobble down more fly maggots than pupae than we care to talk about.  The gut system of a healthy human will take care of most creatures that we swallow anyway.   

Having said that, I would follow sanitary practices when eating raw fruits and vegetables anyway.  Thoroughly wash, use clean cutting surfaces & utensils, refrigerate or cook immediately.  Chances are fungal and bacteria contamination is far more common and far more threatening anyway.

Vince

Vincent Mannino Replied January 07, 2016, 9:51 AM EST

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