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tons of little bugs on my kale! are bugs ok to consume?

i am really trying to increase my greens in all my smoothies---as opposed to me having done it once every other day...i am totally loving it...don't mind the taste...completely now assimilated greens....nothing off limits for me!

 

so i had some leftover juice this morning from my girls juice--grapefruit, oranges and apples....i wanted to add some kale...i took the kale out of the bag and out came also hundreds of little bugs!....

 

so i soaked the leaves in a vinegar & water bath...tons of bugs came up....after about 7 rinses all bugs were gone....so much work for a small bunch of kale which i could not get myself to throw away....

 

anyway, it got me thinking about all the greens i have not rinsed as well and have consumed....and i wonder how many bugs i've eaten in my life time...

 

any thoughts?

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Comment by Eva on March 11, 2011 at 10:28am
angela, i soaked them in vinegar and water and agitated the leaves a ton in that solution and kept rinsing until the water was clean.....it was tedious but it worked! hate to think of all the water i wasted : (
Comment by angela usher on March 11, 2011 at 6:59am

I have millions of whitefly all over my kale....I try and spray them off but they seem to stick like glue (don't know if they're eggs) and the only thing that will remove them is a good scrub with a brush...soooo tedious but also a waste of greens if I don't do it : ( No help I'm afraid but a similar problem.

Love Angela XXX

Comment by Faye Ketola on March 10, 2011 at 8:14pm
Aphids do seem to be fond of kale, but hey - what's that question everyone asks? Where do you get your protein??  ;-)   As Tracy says, if the bugs like your produce, it must be good (ie, not poisoned with pesticides...)  

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