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Worms in blackberries

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I've been buying blackberries for a long time but this is a new one to me. I bought some at the farmers market on Friday. Transferred them into my own container - didn't see any worms. Stored in fridge. ate some for breakfast yesterday - didn't see any worms. Took them out this morning - small white maggot-like worms crawling on many of them. I picked out all the visibly wormy ones. washed the others, cut them up to check for hidden worms, didn't see anything, went ahead and ate them. Meanwhile I had left the wormy ones in a plastic produce bag to take out with the trash tonight. Curiosity just got the best of me, and I looked inside. No worms. Not crawling on any of them, and not inside the 4 or 5 that I cut open as I tried to figure out where the worms went. And no recently hatched fruit flies or similar swarming around. So does anyone know (a) what these worms were, (b) where they went, (c) any way to avoid them, and/or (d) have I been eating them unknowingly for years?

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  1. No idea but maybe wash them in lemon or vinegar water.

    1. I don't know but I had the same issue with wild raspberries I picked and this was after "washing" them in water with salt and vinegar. Needless to say it has probably ended my wild raspberry picking.

      1. No idea, but just wanted to say "ew"! Worms I could see - not ideal, but understandable. Disappearing worms would turn me off blackberries for a long time!

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        1. re: boogiebaby

          Even worse is finding half a worm.

        2. Welcome to the world of organic foods. As one traveling buddy in Germany once said, "More protein."

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          1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

            yes, I'm used to finding creatures in my tomatoes, lettuce, apples, etc. from the farmers market. But the appearing / disappearing nature of these threw me.