The following are relevant facts and information related to Rosh Hashanna foods…
a.) Dates: It is recommended to open and do a visual inspection on a few out of each container. If no insects are seen, one can assume the rest are insect-free.
b.) Figs: Open each one and check carefully for infestation (wasps, bees, worms)
c.) Leeks: Examine the outside of each leek for any leaf minter trails. Check in between the leaves for thrips and other insects
d.) Black Eyed Peas: Dried peas should first be boiled in water. After they are fully cooked, allow the peas to soak for 2-3 hours. The peas will swell and peel easily and become translucent.
Canned or Frozen Black Eyed Peas: These may be checked straight out of the can/bag. There is no need to boil or soak before using.
To check Black Eyed Peas: Take the peas and inspect them for holes or dark colored stains as this may indicate an insect beneath the thin peel. If there is a dark spot on the peel, remove the thin skin and check carefully to see if there is a cavity with bugs in it.