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aphids in broccoli

Posted by austinb82 USDA 8 (My Page) on
Wed, Nov 2, 11 at 16:39

I was wondering if anyone had any tips on getting aphids off my harvested broccoli head. I've tried soaking it in warm water with a little vinegar and that got some aphids off but when I look under the florets I still see more aphids inside. I also tried swishing the head around in water many times and I get a few aphids every time but there are still some left after trying this about 10 times. Is there a better way? Am I going to have to cut the broccoli into smaller pieces and blanch it to get them all to come off or is this also not likely to work?

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RE: aphids in broccoli

Soak submerged in salt water - 1/2 c salt to 1 gallon of water approx. Soak for 20-30 mins and most will die and float off.


RE: aphids in broccoli

  • Posted by morz8 Z8 Wa coast (My Page) on
    Wed, Nov 2, 11 at 19:57

I do the salt water soak for lots of vegetables but only for about 10-15 min, and not quite as accurately as Dave suggests, it's more like a handful of salt to a clean sink full of water. You'd be amazed what you find exiting your produce.... Try a large bunch of parsley some time :)

RE: aphids in broccoli

Thanks for the tip, Dave and Morz. I did not know that.

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