Stomach-churning video shows ‘worms’ slithering out of strawberries after TikTok users pop them in salt water

TIKTOK users are revealing what happens when you submerge strawberries in salt water – and it’s enough to turn your stomach.

Writer Krista Torres was left gagging after a tiny worm crawled out of her fruit after a 30 minute salt bath.


Speaking in her video she said: “So how do you usually wash your strawberries? Just in the sink right?

“That’s how I do it but apparently there’s little bugs inside these guys.”

She filled a glass with water and a good teaspoon or so of salt before placing the strawberries in for half an hour.

Filming a small white worm crawling across her berry she said: “OMG I’m going to barf.



“I am so disgusted right now.”

She found her discovery so scarring that she was still dwelling on it the following day.

Fellow TikTok user 31toni followed suit, sharing her own experience with her followers after soaking her strawberries.

After just a few minutes she notes the water is “looking a bit musty” but leaves it to soak further.

She returns later to discover a white critter crawling from one of the berries.

“Shut the f* up I see a bug already!” she squeals, “this s* is high-key gross.”

And Lisa978 was seriously skeptical of the TikTok trend, claiming there was “no way” her produce would have bugs in until she tried the trick and unearthed several black bugs.

She added: “I will be cutting strawberries out of my diet.”

The trend has since progressed to Facebook where Lauren Mackenzie Gambrell shared her horrifying results.

She dunked her strawberries in a bath of water, salt and vinegar and was left with a bath of dirt and bugs.

She wrote: “After nearly 25 years of living, TikTok taught me how to properly wash strawberries. They are FILLED with tiny bugs and tons of dirt!!”

According to the Cloud Mountain Farm Centre, the small worms are “most likely the larvae of Spotted Wing Drosophila, a non-native fruit fly that lays its eggs” and are not harmful if eaten.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows a certain amount of bugs in food as "It is economically impractical to grow, harvest, or process raw products that are totally free of non-hazardous, naturally occurring, unavoidable defects."

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