Now that I have picked the apples and pears I need to do something with them. First thing’s first; sorting the fruit to make sure I use the fruit with problems first. Some of it has bruises, or where my local wild-life has proven the fruit is safe to eat. I’m looking at you woodchuck living in my backyard. I know this was you;
If bugs gross you out you might want to skip the rest of this post!
You should look around the flower or bottom end of the apple for a brown ring or signs of being squishy; either says a baby fruit fly has probably taken up living in the apple. It’s usually easy to take care of though; they tend to stay near the core, and you don’t want that anyway. Just cut out wherever he/she has been munching^^
And here’s our new friend…. If you put the fruit you think has a bug in a mixing bowl full of water, they often crawl out by themselves. You need to wash the fruit anyway, so you can just dump the water outside and not have to worry about surprise meetings!
Pears usually are so hard that I don’t find fruit flies in them until they are over-ripe (I picked mine while not quite ripe, so skipping that problem^^). They do get damaged around the stem though, especially if you aren’t careful when you pick them and then wait to do something with them for a day or two.
Fruit with obvious bruises and cuts on the outside should also be cut up a soon as possible. If you go through your fruit when you first get it you will save a lot of time later (not to mention fruit flies in your kitchen^^)