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The problem with cherries

The larvae of the Western fruit fly are infesting cherry fruit prior to harvests and giving both home gardeners and farmers enormous fits. Cherries, compact, very sweet, and juicy are probably nature’s perfect fruit – that

The larvae of the Western fruit fly are infesting cherry fruit prior to harvests and giving both home gardeners and farmers enormous fits.

Cherries, compact, very sweet, and juicy are probably nature’s perfect fruit – that is until now

(MNS) – Cherries are among the most popular and delicious fruit, but cherry lovers beware. Unless you prefer a little protein with your cherries.

The US cherry crop may be compromised. Cherries in supermarket produce sections, as well as fresh cherries on roadside stands may suffer from parasite invasion. Farmers and home gardeners are complaining more and more of late of worm infestation in the cherry crop.

Cherries that appear unblemished with no discernible intrusion, are increasingly found to harbor squiggly white larvae from the Western fruit fly. The mystery is how the larvae hatchings in perfectly looking fruit without dings or bore holes were deposited as eggs. How did the larvae get inside? This will sure stop one from just popping a whole cherry in the hatch, which is really the only way to eat the tasty fruit.

These small white intruders have been a pest in Japan for decades, but somehow made it to the US. The pest is affecting cherries and other soft bodied fruits such as berries in a significant way. Numerous gardeners have complained about finding the little white worms inside cherries just at harvest time.

The only way to check for fruit fly maggots in your cherries is to cut open the fruit before eating. But that takes away all the fun, as there is nothing quite like popping a juicy red cherry into yout mouth bursting with sweetness.

Metropolis News Service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jarrette Fellows, Jr. is Publisher and Editor of Compton Herald. He attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and is an alumnus of California State University, Los Angeles.

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