Man finds caterpillars in supermarket broccoli and raises them as his own

  • 04 Jul - 10 Jul, 2020
  • Mag The Weekly
  • Mag Files

Most people would be bugged to find a caterpillar in their supermarket broccoli, but not Sam Darlaston. Instead, the British media personality decided to raise it to maturity – and six others he also found among the broccoli shoots. Darlaston, a host on KISS FM UK and a vegetarian, discovered the first caterpillar one day when he started to prepare his favourite vegetable purchased from his local Tesco supermarket. Darlaston was shocked at first, but that feeling soon turned to joy when he realised he had a new pet to enjoy during lockdown in his London home. “I did my research initially and discovered the exact type of caterpillar/butterfly we were dealing with (a cabbage white),” he told HuffPost. “I then decided to build him a little home in my lounge with all the broccoli he wanted.” He gave his new companion the name of Cedric. Tesco refunded him the $1.37 U.S. for the cost of the caterpillar-infested broccoli. He used it to purchase more veggies and, unexpectedly, got more caterpillars. “The broccoli I’d got as a replacement contained five more.” “And then a third broccoli belonging to my housemate had another one! So one became seven caterpillars overnight!” he continued. He decided to keep them all. Darlaston named the other members of his buggy brood Broc, Olly, Carlos, Croc, Janine and Slim Eric.