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sbs teas containing maggots

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Erin said

Think about it this way- a tea bag or container of tea it is a closed ecosystem- nothing in, nothing out.

SO, if a teeny-tiny microscopic bug egg is laid in tea, and hatches, then grows up to be big enough for you to see- Then his entire body is made of nothing but tea. It is all tea.

The original tea has been eaten, digested, and transformed. Plant cell walls, chloroplasts, etc have been broken down into various building blocks like amino acids. Then those same building blocks have been reassembled into new shapes, specifically bug shapes. But in the end it is still entirely from tea.

Just something to think about :)

Dustin said

I guess the most important thing at that point is will the bug taste like tea too?

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BoxerMama said

I need to stop reading this thread now. . . Unless I plan to starve myself to death.

Lariel select said

Yeah.

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Lazey said

http://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/index.php?topic=25754.0 All about the pros and cons of mealworms, waxworms, maggots, super mealworms and other things people hate to find in their food or tea :)

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Ok, call me gross but I actually eat some insects i like them and I drank the “Worm Poop Tea” BUT a Maggot???? NO FREAKIN WAY!!! I can’t even look at them, I hate them I fear them, omg thats just nasty, I turn into a big screaming sissy fast if i see one of them anywhere, gag.

darky said

well insects like worms and crickets and even spiders are a diet in country’s like vietnam thailand and other places. Its even a special treat. Tough i’m not sure if i would try a fried cricket i’m open for the idea! Spiders would be officially a no go because i freak out with even the smallest movement off those things!

cricket and grasshopper are yummy, better roasted rather than fried :) I have had a spider YET lol

darky said

well here in belgium ive never seen it for sale before… could try it if i can push my mental button tough. u ate them in asia?

Dustin said

I have eaten deep fried grub worm and grub pate while in Australia. They were actually pretty good and slightly nutty. Big as your finger. They are a part of the aboriginal diet.

I ate them at an entomophagy conference/seminar in louisiana about 9 years ago for the first time, since then Ive eaten a few that I captured and cooked myself or order online :) Too bad americans don’t eat bugs regularly because I would love to be able to buy them local, I also love to go to asia and drink some tea andeat some bugs but not together and surely NO MAGGOTS lol

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teajoteas said

As a tea producer/retailer, I’m trying to imagine how maggots could possibly end up in tea. Not that I don’t believe it, but last time I checked, flies are not known to be drawn to tea. I can understand cetain bugs/mites that are attracted to plants but maggots? Anybody care to elaborate?

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Lynxiebrat said

It was probably some other kind of bug, something slimy and looks a little like maggots. I believe on an earlier part of the thread there was a mention of bugs that eat plant and grains (Might be 2 different bugs….I am not an expert by any means.

Lazey said

Have to watch the wormy things grow. Maggots (Called spikes by fishermen) grow into flies. Wax worms grow into moths. Mealworms grow into mealworm beetles. Super mealworms grow into some other kind of beetle. I think whatever worms found in tea would be the larvae of some kind of moth, though could be mealworms.

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mrmopar said

Could it be silk moth larvae?

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anovak said

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anovak said

The worst part is me and my pregnant wife drank some of the tea before we noticed . They look like maggots. I don’t know. U tell me. Gross either way

How many different packages did you get with bugs in them? One picture looks sealed, one looks opened. Are there any marks anywhere else on the bag for things to crawl into? Those look too big to not notice while preparing tea?

Lazey said

Look like pantry moth larvae. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pantry_moth They’re pretty gross but drinking the tea should not have hurt you or your wife, especially if you used boiled water to make the tea. (Of course I still think anyone with any kind of bugs in their tea should get a refund rather than drinking it) You’ll want to keep the infested tea far from your own food, they can get out of even well sealed bags. They can get into anything. (Had pantry moths, worse than ants)

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anovak said

Four of the teas had bugs in them. One I opened. Three were ne.ver opened. Didn’t see them first day. Noticed second day

teapot1 said

I don’t blame you for being upset, I would be too. Your bank should have no issue crediting you in full…I thank you for sharing so that we are all aware that this merchant should not be dealt with!!!

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