Are pink mealies for real?

This morning on a walking tour of Victoria St and the early morning market, I came upon these pink mealies.  They were being packed into smaller bags for sale and I was assured they were genuine and had no coloring.

Hmmm, I wonder. Does anyone else know?

— Helen McNulty

8 replies on “Are pink mealies for real?”

Looks a bit suspicious with all the pink residue on the bag and the pink is really unnatural for a mealie. So far I have only seen that kind of pink in nature on flowers.

It could be a fungicidal seed treatment. You might find that these are seed mielies being sold as food. Seed treatments are normally pink, blue or green in colour and are intended to prevent fungal infestation of stored grain.
As an aside one treated seed can sterilize one cubic foot of soil of all beneficial fungi. I sure eating it is not going to have happy consequences.

dont eat them! I have seen mielie seeds being sold that are pink – in large 50kg bags at a farmers supply depot. I am sure that it is a protective pesticide – and the pink is to warn people that they are not for eating!

In fact – this morning I planted mielies – (Kirchoffs seeds) and they were the same pink – so it must be some kind of pesticide for seeds that makes them pink

It is indeed pesticide, and deadly at that. You get all colours of maize/mielie/corn (including black, purple, red, orange, yellow and white), but disco pink? Hayibo.

My Gran used to plant mielies to subsidise her income. It’s to help the mielies that’s planted grow better. It’s not for human consumption. As Rob mentioned, it’s also likely to keep it protected from bugs.

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