“They Taste Soft & Sweet” – Man Finds What Looks Like Maggot-like Eggs In His Premium Mazafati Dates
He had eaten a few of the dates already and only noticed the maggot-like eggs inside after examining it carefully.
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What’s the first sunnah food you think of when Ramadan arrives? Of course, it’s dates! Surely, Ramadan is not complete without dates, right?
There are many types of dates in the market such as the Ajwa, Rabbi, Mabroom, Mazafati and many more.
Speaking of dates, recently there was an incident on social media where a Twitter user (@nikfaiqq) found maggot-like eggs inside a date.
Through a tweet uploaded by him, the Twitter user said he only noticed the presence of the eggs in a date fruit he bought for RM10 after eating a few seeds.
He added that the date has a soft and sweet texture.
Because it was a little ‘nauseating’ to see the eggs inside the date, he advised the public to wash the date before eating it to avoid the same thing from happening to them.
korang lepasni careful ya nak makan kurma. walaupun murah RM10 sekotak kena cuci betul-betul before makan.— nikfaiq (@nikfaiqq) March 25, 2023
kalau tak, jadilah macam aku ni. makan dah banyak biji baru perasan ada maggot eggs, macam dah jadi larva dah. no wonder la kurma ni lembut & manis rupanya…🤮 pic.twitter.com/IXin9AgZee
Netizens couldn’t believe their eyes
With the stomach-turning picture of the date shared by @nikfaiqq, a lot of people expressed their shock and disgust in the comment section.
Turns out, a lot of people still do not wash or check their dates before they consume them.
One netizen also advised looking at the expiry date of the dates to avoid buying “bad” dates with a sandy or granulated texture.
Even more surprising, some people have also faced the same situation as @nikfaiqq. But one of them thought that the white colour inside the date was supposed to be sugar lumps.
At the same time, other netizens also joked that the existence of eggs in dates is considered to be additional nutrition.
Others speculate that those are not maggot eggs, they’re just beetle eggs or larvae.
Bugs or pests you can find on dates
According to Zoology Malaysia in their Twitter thread a few years ago, they shared some types of problems that can cause a date to go bad.
Some of them include:
- Tiny bugs (cockroaches or beetle)
- Moth larva with its droppings (dark deposits)
- Black dust (mould)
Left: A worm in a date. The worm can easily be seen against daylight.— ZoologiMY (@ZoologiMY) May 25, 2017
Right: A bug in a date, against electric light. pic.twitter.com/iLGjmOs0Em
This black dust is exactly that, it's excessive moisture that has caused the date to be spoiled. pic.twitter.com/SAxS2wSrrU— ZoologiMY (@ZoologiMY) May 25, 2017
So regardless the brand *you so tired*, always open & check your dates first before you eat! Jangan nak melantak je. 3 biji cukup! pic.twitter.com/cF00G9HQCf— ZoologiMY (@ZoologiMY) May 25, 2017
Besides that, Public Health Malaysia has also warned Malaysians to always peel open the dates and wash them before eating.
Jangan lupa mengopek & membasuh buah kurma sebelum dimakan. Kita tidak tahu tahap kebersihan pengendalian kurma semasa ia dipetik & dibungkus. Dalam buah kurma juga mungkin ada serangga kecil tersembunyi.— Public Health Malaysia (@health_malaysia) April 7, 2022
Jangan bimbang, khasiat & rasa buah kurma tidak akan hilang jika dibasuh. pic.twitter.com/aQZYg6myHF
READ MORE: Ini Sebabnya Kenapa Perlu Basuh Dulu Buah Kurma Sebelum Makan
How to Wash Dates Correctly
It’s actually quite easy to wash dates. You just need salt, plain water, a bowl and dry tissue.
The methods are as follows:
- Soak dates in salt water for five to ten minutes.
- Filter the soaking water.
- Rinse the dates with plain water.
- Dry the dates using a dry tissue.
Even though the fruit has been washed, don’t worry, its nutritional value remains the same and does not change.
So remember guys, wash the dates first before eating, okay?
Besides that, here are some fun facts about dates in the articles below.
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