I sent this on 6/15/2011 after my daughter discovered an actual dead bee in our raspberries:
This morning, my nine-year-old daughter tried to do a kind deed for her mother. She was making fruit salad, sort of a breakfast in bed surprise. She removed stems from strawberries, and added them to the bowl. She sliced up a banana, and added that to the bowl. She added blueberries, blackberries, and reached for the Driscoll raspberries.
My daughter came screaming upstairs to her mother. This was a lot for mom to process, having been sound asleep and unaware of the breakfast initiative. My daughter, who once ended up in the ER after wandering to close to the neighbor’s beehive (we fired the babysitter) found a dead bee in the raspberry container. We think it was dead. I don’t really know. It was disgusting though.
Now, as a result, my daughter, who loved raspberries, won’t go near them. I’m a little freaked out. What if the bee fell inside the hollow part of the berry, and one of us ate it. Is it even safe to swallow a bee? What if, due to the refrigerator, the bee was in a state of hibernation, and being surrounded by berry juice, saliva, and chomping teeth, woke it up? What if one of us has a bee allergy?
I need a written explanation. Obviously bees help make berries. Bees are drawn to sweet smells. They have a much easier time when they can climb right in the container. How about smaller vent holes?
Any information you can provide on this is greatly appreciated.