BUG UPDATE, SIVAN 5764
by Devorah Plaut
The Israeli-grown onions continue to be problematic, even though the peel is starting to grow up over the top of the layers. In an experiment conducted by the Badatz a couple of weeks ago, the majority of these onions were found to harbor thrips. For now, your best bet is the Gush Katif onions, which do not have to be checked at all, or the imported onions, whose first and outside-of-the-second layers should be washed or checked. Regular Israeli-grown onions must still be cleaned or checked layer by layer.
The short cherry season is now at its height. There has been a change in the instructions for checking Israeli cherries. According to Rav Vaye's new book, the procedure is now the same as for European cherries. In other words, for sweet cherries, cut open each cherry, remove the pit (stone), and check for white worms in the pit area of the fruit. If the cherry is mushy or the flesh is dark, turn each half inside out and look for wriggling motion. For sour cherries, check a sampling of the box (using the same procedure).