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So a friend of mine went to harvest some spinach and lettuce she planted, only to find lots of aphids. Assuming she can clear off the aphids is there anything preventing her from eating the produce? What's the proper method for cleaning that's sure to make it edible?

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The aphids are much more of a problem for the remaining greens, assuming she didn't just harvest all of it at once. There's the gardening stackexchange if she needs some help with that side of things! – Jefromi May 4 '12 at 5:01
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The best way to remove the aphids is to submerge the vegetables in cold water for at least 10 minutes. Then drain, rinse them off, and dry them. Salad spinners are perfect for this.

Once the aphids have been drowned and rinsed off, the greens are perfectly safe to eat. Actually, it should be safe to eat the aphids as well, it's just unappetizing.

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Extra protein and 1000% of your daily requirement of chitin. – Sobachatina May 4 '12 at 12:23

Actually, aphids are totally edible. Depending on the plants they've been eating, they can range from slightly bitter to sweet. They could cause problems for your friend's remaining produce, though.

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