White fly

I have just picked some broccoli and started to prepare it for dinner just to discover its covered in white fly (tightly packed into the small stems). I have tried washing it but they are not moving can anyone suggest how i can get them out. 

I dont fancy eating the flies and i dont want to throw it away.


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,242

    I put all my brassicas in salted water for a soak before boiling.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,677

    Yep, salted cold water, give them a good soak , swish them around then rinse under running tap - they'll be fine image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • LynLyn Posts: 8,388

    I do that with blackberrys, a little maggot comes out of nearly every one, just give them a good rinse before freezing.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
  • I have had them in salted water all afternoon, they are still hanging on in there image.

    Iv rinsed it off and put them back in (clean) salted water. It can spend a night in the fridge and i'll look at it tomorrow, hopefully it will be bug free. 

    Thank you for your comments though image.

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