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What is this White cluster on my Kiwi ?

easybullet3easybullet3 Posts: 4
edited March 2020 in Fruit & veg
I notice this on a LOT of Kiwi's,
Almost always near to the edge of the fruit,,, a white cluster.
Is it dead fruit fly eggs/larvae ? or is it something else ?
I find this in about 30% of Kiwis.
Please let me know what it is.

Thank you very much


  • pansyface said:
    A chilling injury leading to lignification of the flesh.
    Hi Pansyface,
    Thank you for replying.
    I just spent about 20 mins googling and looking at photos of 'chilling injury' and 'lingification' on kiwis (and other fruits);  But I cant seem to find anything which looks similar.
    I'm not sure if this is the correct answer.  Or have I misunderstood it ?
    If you know more on this subject, i'd really appreciate it  ;)
  • pansyface said:
    It was just a suggestion based on what I could see.
    Do the white parts feel woody or soft?
    I wouldn't say that it feels woody.  It is a 'tad' firmer than kiwi flesh.
    I notice this in about 25% of kiwis i slice in half.  (no matter where I buy them from).
    it is always in a small cluster.  and always at the edge of the flesh (under the skin), but it does not affect the skin.

    As it happens, I also notice a similar thing on Sugar Snaps.
    On sugar snaps it looks like internal white scratches slightly below the skin surface, (but clearly visible from the surface).  Also in small clusters. short squiggly lines.
     - it could be something completely different, but it does look similar.
  • pansyface said:
    So these are bought products rather than things you have grown yourself?

    I’d say that it’s some kind of damage caused during handling and/or storage.

    Beyond your control but not going to kill you.🙂
    Yes, these are kiwis I buy in any supermarket.
    No matter which supermarket; its pretty guaranteed that a certain percentage of them will have this white cluster near to the edge of the flesh.
    Mostly I really want to know that it is NOT insect eggs.
    I know that fruit fly lay eggs on the surface which hatch and make their way down into the fruit.
    I was wondering whether these could be clusters of fruit fly eggs or larvae?  or something similar... which maybe has been irradiated and killed.  (ie: a cluster of dead larvae or eggs).
    this was actually my MAIN concern.
    I know it wont kill me, but i will cut these sections out if they are eggs!
    if its just damaged fiber from storage and handling, then I will happily eat it.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,848
    I suggest you contact someone in the business of importing kiwi fruit ... a quick google has found this chap ...

    im sure there are others out there. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • bookmonsterbookmonster Posts: 399
    Is what you describe in peas leaf miner moth or similar?
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