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Cabbage can be eaten despite lice infestation

Cabbage can be eaten despite lice infestation

Cabbage vegetables that are infected by lice can still be consumed after thorough washing

Cabbage can also be eaten if it was previously infested with aphids. After a thorough cleaning with water, cabbage vegetables can be prepared as usual, as reported by the crop protection service of the North Rhine-Westphalia Chamber of Agriculture in Bonn. However, this does not apply to kale of savoy cabbage. The leaves should be removed here if they are infected.

Thorough washing removes aphids
It doesn't look appetizing when cabbage is infested with lice. Untreated organic vegetables in particular are often littered with perforated leaves. However, this is no reason not to process and eat the cabbage vegetables. The plant pests are extremely active in late summer and autumn days. For moth scale insects (Aleyrodes proletella), cabbage leaves are a special treat. "Despite the infestation, the plants are edible," explains the plant protection service of the North Rhine-Westphalia Chamber of Agriculture in Bonn. Vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, cauliflower or kohlrabi are simply washed off thoroughly with water. "With kale and savoy cabbage, however, the infected leaves should be removed".

The lice are particularly active on dry and warm days in late summer and autumn. Consumers can recognize the lice infestation when the plants are touched. Then the white animals fly away. As a rule, the lice almost always sit on the undersides of the plant leaves. If the vegetables are very badly affected, the leaves grow deformed. In addition, black soot dew fungus forms due to the excretion of the lice. (sb)

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