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Home / It's Viral / Tiny bugs crawl out of strawberries soaked in salt water. People try viral fruit hack, the results are gross

Tiny bugs crawl out of strawberries soaked in salt water. People try viral fruit hack, the results are gross

The video prompted many to try the fruit hack and they got gross results too.

it-s-viral Updated: May 21, 2020 14:32 IST
Trisha Sengupta
Trisha Sengupta
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Bugs came out of the strawberries after soaking them in water.
Bugs came out of the strawberries after soaking them in water. (TikTok/@lauren.gambrell)

A fruit hack video on TikTok, which is equal parts disgusting and interesting, has now left people with lots of questions. Shared a few days ago, the video shows a woman soaking fresh strawberries in salt water to clean them. Normally, one would expect dirt to come out of the fruits but in this case something else crawled out too – bugs.

“GROSS IT WAS JUMPING!!!!! BRB CRYING,” wrote TikToker Seleste Radcliffe and shared the video. “Apparently if you wash your strawberries in water and salt, all the bugs will come out,” she says in the clip which shows exactly the same thing.

Don’t believe us? Check out yourself:

@selesteradcliffe

GROSS IT WAS JUMPING!!!!! BRB CRYING ##fyp ##xyzcba ##GROSS

♬ original sound - babyadrianne

The video prompted several others to try the hack and they got the same gross result. Check out some such posts:

@callmekristatorres

WAIT FOR IT... Still trying to think happy thoughts today. ##fyp ##foryou ##strawberrieswithbugs ##bugsinstrawberries ##rednoseday ##got2bhome

♬ original sound - callmekristatorres

One TikTok user, probably to check the legitimacy of the claim, even used a microscope to check the strawberries and guess what she got? Bugs!

@thatnatchats

y’all better WASH your strawberries ‼️😳😭 Comment what I should look at next! ✨🔬 ##fyp ##foryou ##science

♬ Don’t Start Now - Dua Lipa

Though absolutely repulsive, it’s a common occurrence, reports Cloud Mountain Farm Centre. Turns out, the small bugs are “most likely the larvae of Spotted Wing Drosophila, a non-native fruit fly that lays its eggs” on different types of ripening berries.

Thankfully, these worms are not harmful if ingested, according to the US Food and Drug Administration.

Will you try this strawberry cleaning hack video? Or for you ignorance is bliss?

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