By Helena Horton | April 7, 2015
This is really shocking – you probably shouldn’t serve figs to vegetarians, and you’ll probably never want to eat a piece of the fruit again.
You probably shouldn’t serve figs to vegetarians, or people who aren’t into eating insects.
When a wasp pollinates a fig, she often gets stuck inside.
Edible figs always have at least one dead female wasp stuck inside. You won’t find a whole wasp though – when a female wasp dies inside a fig, an enzyme in the fruit breaks down her carcass into protein.
The fig basically eats the wasp, and makes it into part of the fruit.
Farmers actually buy bags of wasps to control the amount of wasps each plant can eat.
Another disgusting fact which might stop you trusting food for life is that to qualify for safe consumption, ketchup is required to contain no more than 30 fruit flies per 100 grams
So, if you’ve eaten figs and ketchup, you have almost definitely eaten both wasps and fruit flies.