Insects - Page
SPINACH – Cleaning & checking
There is a creamy-white worm that thrives
inside the tissue / white stem of the leaf.
The insect causes the area to blister and
1. Soak all the leaves for three minutes in
very soapy water.
2. Rinse both sides of each leaf
individually under a stream of running
water. Make sure the water runs through all
3. Every leaf is then very carefully checked
on both sides (by holding it up to a good
source of light so that it shines through
the leaf). Special care must be taken to
inspect the folds in the leaves.
4. Check for dark spots or signs of inner
tunneling. If such areas are found, these
must be torn off the leaf.
SPRING ONIONS - Cleaning
Spring onions are frequently highly infested
although they may appear to be clean. The
small white bulb section is, however,
usually clear of infestation.
1. The bulb area can be cut off and used
provided it looks healthy and clean.
2. Cut at least ˝ way through the length of
the remainder of the leek.
3. Separate all the leaves.
4. Soak them in very soapy water for 3
5. Thoroughly rinse each leaf under a tap of
running water, running your fingers up and
down both sides.
STRAWBERRIES - Cleaning
Strawberries are frequently highly infested
with tiny insects although they may appear
to be insect-free. The trained eye can find
these on the outside of the berries and
particularly on and under the green cap.
1. Cut off the green leaf with about 1mm of
the fruit, or
2. Carefully twist off the green, Don’t
pull, otherwise you’ll make a hole into
which the tiny insects can fall.
2. Cut off any mushy parts as well as
3. If in the process of doing this you’ve
reached the cavity, cut the strawberry in
half and check internally for worms.
4. Rinse the strawberries in very soapy
water, gently rubbing under the green
5. Rinse the soap off under running water.