TikTok has the knack of getting the most unbelievable of things viral. Believe it or not, its latest trend has people soaking strawberries and watching in horror as insects come out of it.
The trend involves dipping your strawberries in saltwater and then seeing tiny bugs coming out of the fruit.
How Did The Trend Start?
The video first went viral when TikTok user Seleste Radcliffe in a video dumps a box of fresh strawberries from her fringe into a bowl of salted water. At the start, she goes like “Apparently if you wash your strawberries in water and salt, all the bugs will come out — which, I didn’t even know there were bugs in there,”
Once she’s soaked the strawberries, zooming in on the bowl she shows sudden small specks of insects moving on the normal looking strawberries!
Her video went viral in no time, amassing over 100k views, with many people replicating the experiment with similar results at home.
Do Strawberries Actually Have Insects?
Well, the answer is yes, your strawberries have some organisms in it. But that doesn’t mean it’s now unsafe to eat them!
The worms being seen in the videos are maggots of a fly known as the spotted wing drosophila. The fly lays its eggs on berries and cherries as they ripen, often giving the spot a slight dark mark. The fly has the ability to lay eggs inside ripe berries without damaging the surface, which continues to live inside the fruit after hatching into maggots.
However, there’s no need to worry about the maggots and it is something which has always been there. Even the FDA lists them under its “unavoidable defects” list, stating this is practically impossible to grow and harvest products completely free of naturally occurring organisms.
So yes while the TikTok video is real, you can continue eating your strawberries. If you’re still feeling paranoid, you could wash the fruit properly. But even that won’t force all the maggots to come out of the strawberry, as some live deep inside the fruit.