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Leafy Greens

Water Cress: How to Check for Bugs

Water cress is frequently Infested with insects. Must be checked. How to check watercress 1. Remove the leaves from the stem. 2. Soak the leaves in a solution of vegetable wash and water. Enough vegetable wash should be used to make the solution feel slippery and sudsy. The solution should be in a vessel that…

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Swiss chard: How to Check for Bugs

Although swiss chard (also known as beet leaves and silverbeet) seems to be like lettuce, it is more infested than most lettuce and more difficult to check. Consequently, one may discard the leaves and eat the stalk. Or, one may wash and check the leaves as below: How to Check Swiss Chard for Bugs 1.…

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Spinach: How to Check for Bugs

Fresh spinach is frequently Infested with insects. Must be checked. Look for thrips, aphids, mites or leaf-miner worms. Notes: Curly leaf spinach should not be used. Baby spinach is preferable to other types of spinach for three reasons: It is less likely to be infested; its flat wax surface aids in washing off the insects;…

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Romaine Lettuce: How to Check for Bugs

Romaine Lettuce (AKA Cos Lettuce) is frequently Infested with insects and must be checked. How to check Romaine Lettuce 1. Remove each leaf from the head. 2. Soak the leaves in a solution of dishwashing liquid and water. Allow to soak for at least three minutes. Agitate the leaves in the solution. 3. Remove the…

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Iceberg Lettuce: How to Check for Bugs

Iceberg Lettuce is frequently infested with insects and must be checked. Look for: aphids, thrips and spider-mites. How to check iceberg lettuce 1. Remove each leaf from the head. 2. Soak the leaves in a solution of vegetable wash and water. Enough vegetable wash should be used to make the solution feel slippery and sudsy.…

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Kale: How to Check for Bugs

Kale is sometimes infested with bugs and must be cleaned. 1. Soak the leaves in a solution of dishwashing liquid and water. Allow to soak for at least five minutes. Agitate the herbs while they are in the solution. 2. Remove the leaves from the solution. 3. Hold herbs in a downward position, and direct a…

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Grape Leaves: How to Check for Bugs

Grape Leaves (also known as Vine Leaves or Yebra) are frequently Infested with insects and must be checked. How to Clean/Use Grape Leaves There are a number of options in cleaning grape leaves. Method one: Vinegar 1. Place the grape leaves in vinegar, and leave them for a few days. (If the grape leaves are purchased…

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Fig Leaves: How to Check for Bugs

Fig leaves are sometimes infested with insects and must be checked. How to clean fig leaves from bugs 1. Check each leaf. If any is infested―discard it. 2. Soak the leaves that are found to be clean –in a cleaning solution for about three minutes. 3. Carefully rub each leaf with a food brush dipped in…

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Celery: How to Check for Bugs

Celery is frequently infested with insects and must be checked Look for: thrips, flies and leafminer worms. How to check celery Leaves 1. Check the leaves for signs of insects, such as winding paths or dark spots. If any signs of insects are present, remove the small stem and the leaves. 2. Soak the leaves…

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White Cabbage: How to Check for Bugs

White (or Green) Cabbage is frequently Infested with insects and must be checked. Note that there is a different procedure for checking Red and Purple Cabbage. Look for: thrips and cabbage worms. How to check white cabbage The manner of checking cabbage depends upon how the cabbage will be used. Cabbage that will be used for cooking, pickling…

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