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If you see white spots on banana throw it away immediately

If you see a banana with white spots on it throw it away immediately. 

What would be so bad about delicious bananas?

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Bananas are delicious and nutritious fruits. But it also can be potentially malicious. You’d think that how could one little banana do any harm whatsoever?

Do you know that these days some of them can easily send you to the hospital? So you will definitely want to know about this. So, keep reading. 

The first huge eye-opening case of these white spots on bananas’ potential danger happened back in 2013. It started out innocently enough, a 29 years old woman in the UK bought a couple of bananas from a local grocery store as we all do from time to time. 

She noticed a bunch of fuzzy white spots on one of them. But she thought it was just molded on the peel. However, as she was peeling the banana to eat it, she spotted tons of little spiders not only in the banana itself, but on her table and floor too. 

The woman acted quickly and took the banana back to the grocery store for a refund. She also had to call pest control since her house looked like something straight out of a horror movie. 

The exterminator informed her that these were Brazilian Wandering Spiders. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Brazilian Wandering Spiders are the most toxic spiders in the world. Their venom is 30 times more potent than that of a rattlesnake. 

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Apparently, these deadly spiders often hide in banana bundles after they get sorted. Thankfully no one was bitten from that incident. But the family had to leave their home for 3 days until it was absolutely safe again. 

That incident made a lasting impression on that family. The woman confessed that she was afraid to ever buy bananas again. 

Unfortunately, this isn’t the only case of its kind out there. One year after that in 2014, the story repeated itself when a father of two from Standfordshire in England bought some bananas and put them in a fruit ball next to the windows. 

After a couple of days, he saw a terrifying scene of white patches all over the window and curtains with tons of tiny spiders on them. He immediately called pest control who once again told the family to leave the house right away. They were also allowed to return after 3 days. 

Even though the experts couldn’t identify what type of spiders they were, since they were way too small they suggested it could have been Brazilian Wandering Spiders. 

Again in May 2017, a 30 years old English woman also became a victim of this horrendous experience. When she was about to peel her banana, she noticed a white egg sack on it. This sack suddenly broke open, releasing hundreds of spiders that started crawling on her hands, and arms. The rest of the story is the same. 

The woman and her 7 months old son had to leave their house for 3 days so that the exterminators could get rid of all the deadly spiders. They were Brazilian Wandering Spiders. 

But that’s not the most horrifying story. Venomous spiders can not only be on your food right there in plain sight but also hidden among it. 

In July 2018 a Connecticut woman found that infamous and extremely deadly Black Widow in some pre-packed grapes that she bought at the store. What is even worse is that the woman and his son were halfway through the grapes when they made this terrifying discovery. Thankfully, nobody was hurt but, just imagine the situation, and something like this can happen to anybody. 

Experts say that finding spiders in your fruit is actually a good sign. Apparently, they are just a result of pest management practices trying to use fewer chemicals on food and spiders can help out with that. But, still, who wants to bite into some fruit and get a mouthful of spiders. 

What can you do in this case?

What can you do is carefully inspect fruits and veggies at the store before you buy them. If you see any strange white spots on them or even on the fruits around them, don’t buy them. 

In general, picking the best bananas depends on what you want to use them for. Keep in mind that green bananas ripen slowly. Already ripped yellow ones can go brown pretty quickly. Don’t forget to look closely for any brown spots or damage from handling. These aren’t good signs as well. 

What about the other fruits?

There are tons of other fruits that can turn out to be awful once you get them home. So how do you pick them correctly?

How to pick a good fruit?

Apple

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Don’t buy or eat moldy apples 

When you buy apples you definitely don’t have to worry about finding spiders there. There haven’t been any well known cases of something like that happening. 

But still, if you unknowingly pick a rotten apple or one that has mold on it. You can get sick and if one of the apples has mold, it won’t be long till this mold spreads to other perfectly fine ones. 

If you see any holes in the apple don’t get it.

They’re caused by mold or insects and can make the exposed flesh inside the apple moldy as well. 

Good apple should be firm to the touch, full colored and have a nice smell. 

Pears 

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With pears, everything depends on when you’re going to eat them. If you want ripe pears, press a finger into the top of the pear where the stem joins the fruit. If it is soft it is ripe. But like most fruits already ripe pears can go bad pretty fast. So be careful when choosing. The sooner you can eat them the better. If the pear you are about to buy is soft anywhere else that’s a bad sign of overripe fruit that shouldn’t be consumed.  

However, if you are planning to eat them after a few days or so, the top should be hard so that they’ll reach their full ripeness in a couple of days.

Oranges

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Oranges are pretty safe from any unpleasant spiders. Actually they can even be used as a spider repellent but as far as consuming them goes you’ll want to stay away from too soft and moldy oranges there’s also a big misconception of picking oranges by their color. This isn’t always accurate since ripe oranges can be green. 

Instead, pick a smooth and thin-skinned product. Brown patches on oranges aren’t bad either. They’re just a sign that this product is from a warm and naturally humid region. So you should decide whether you’re gonna buy this type of orange or not.

Grapes 

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As mentioned in the previous story, there is a very slim possibility of finding a spider there. But it really doesn’t happen that often. 

Color is one of the best flavor indicators when it comes to grapes. The sweetest green grapes are yellow grapes and the best red ones are predominantly red. As for black grapes, it is better to choose richly black ones. And just like to be pretty much any fruit grapes need to be mold-free.

If you follow these simple rules you’ll have perfectly sweet grapes on your table at all times. 

Peaches 

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Peaches are delicious and it can be hard to pick the best ones. The first clue of a good peach is a fibroid color. The only red flag here is lighter parts with green ones which means that the peach was picked way too early and won’t taste as good as a ripe one. The second clue is firmness. The juicier the peach the riper it is. Just like with pears you have to press on the top if it starts to give then the peach is ripe. And the most important thing is no mold. That’s true for any fruit you want to buy.

As you read earlier what may seem like mold could be a dangerous spider’s home and even if it is not you still shouldn’t eat or keep moldy food. So be careful and make sure to check everything before buying them and consuming the product.

Have you ever seen these weird spots on your fruits? And do you know any other way to spot potentially dangerous produce? Tell us in the comments below.            

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