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Old 07-26-2006, 06:21 PM   #1
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Worms on Broccoli? Still ok to eat?

Someone gave me some fresh broccoli out of their garden today. When I started to cut it up, I saw that it had worms on it ! I looked them up on the internet and found that they are cabbage loopers. Some of them were big and bright green and others were brown and small. My question, would it have been ok to pick all the worms off and still eat it? I was too grossed out and ended up pitching it, but wonder if I should have. Would boiling it have made them rise to the top? I just hope the lady who gave it to me doesn't ask about it, lol!

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Old 07-26-2006, 06:35 PM   #2
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My friend had this problem (before the internet) and she found something that killed them before cooking. I just couldn't remember what she did so I looked it up. She cooked the broccoli before noticing them but once she cut into it , she couldn't eat broccoli for about 10 yrs.

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Old 07-26-2006, 06:38 PM   #3
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If you grow broccoli, you need to dust/spray it with bacillius Thuringiensis. It is not harmful to humans, organic gardeners use it. It is bacteria that infects the worms and kills them.

I throw away wormy broccoli, too, because you can never find all the worms, and one will float up in the hollandaise sauce for sure.
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Old 07-26-2006, 06:43 PM   #5
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"and one will float up in the hollandaise sauce for sure."

eeeuuuwww I was going to say it it anyway, until I read that!!!! But, I thought when you cooked the broccoli, it killed the worms and they all floated to the top? Non?
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Old 07-26-2006, 07:21 PM   #6
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Soak the fresh broccoli in cold salted water. The creatures will float to the top.
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Old 07-26-2006, 07:25 PM   #7
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Our garden lettuce may have worms or snails on it so we soak it for 30 min in salt water and rinse well. I would not throw out veggies because of worms that is wasteful. You find worms in artichokes all the time so I spread out the leaves and soak in salt water. You can sometimes find and remove the leaf with the worm.
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If you grow broccoli, you need to dust/spray it with bacillius Thuringiensis. It is not harmful to humans, organic gardeners use it. It is bacteria that infects the worms and kills them.

I throw away wormy broccoli, too, because you can never find all the worms, and one will float up in the hollandaise sauce for sure.
I agree. The particular way broccoli is "constructed" makes it very difficult even to clean, let alone get rid of worms. It's just not worth it.
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Now I may not eat broccoli for 10 years.
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Old 07-26-2006, 07:37 PM   #10
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Now I may not eat broccoli for 10 years.
LOL! I was just thinking that very same thing. I know that it grows where worms reside, but I could not eat broccoli that had worms in it/on it in the hope that they would boil out. The very thought makes me !

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