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Here in Eretz Israel, many figs have wasp larvae on them. Are wild figs kosher? Or kosher if you inspect them? I find it hard to believe that one of the shivat haminim is treif.

  • Don't all figs have wasps in them? That's how the fruit grows. It's symbiotic. – Double AA Aug 11 '17 at 11:09
  • My understanding is that a wasp that ends up in the fruit fig (the female plant) ends up dying and being essentially digested by the fig. The larvae grow in the male caprifigs, which are not eaten. – Yishai Aug 11 '17 at 14:28
  • I think you may have to edit your question to include some scientific info - or at least a link to something. As I understand it, now, how is this question any different from the standard requirement to check just about any produce for bugs before eating them? My neighbor grows a fig tree, and much of it is in my property (AFAIK, halachically, I can eat those in my property, but that's a different discussion.) I just took some off, yesterday, rinsed them and inspected them before consuming. My taste buds were dancing! – DanF Aug 11 '17 at 15:48
  • @DanF esa.org/esablog/research/the-story-of-the-fig-and-its-wasp "The commercially cultivated fig tree ... and does not need pollination to produce fruit..." But wild figs do. – Joshua Fox Aug 13 '17 at 12:10
  • @DanF "How is this question any different from the standard requirement to check just about any produce for bugs before eating them?" Not too different. But if all wild figs have wasps in them, perhaps that changes the considerations. – Joshua Fox Aug 13 '17 at 12:11
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Wild (fresh) figs are kosher of course but the insects on them are not! So they need thorough inspection because of the wasps (white, black and red - the hardest to detect because they are of the same color as the fruit).

R Falk (Gateshead) recommends to

  • wash the fruit
  • remove the part opposite to the stem - which is where insects enter the fruit
  • cut the fig in two, turn each half inside-out to expose the inside
  • observe the two halves to see if there is movement - if not it can be eaten

R Vaye (Israel) recommends to

  • open the fruit
  • place it face down in a transparent glass of water
  • if wasps come out, float then fall down in the glass, the fruit should be thrown away. If not it can be eaten.

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