I bought some organic kale. I later found a lot of the inner bunches with a bunch of aphids. I washed them as best I could.
I steamed the kale. After steaming, I found about 5 aphids in the left over water. Apparently my washing didn't get all of them.
Anyhow, if some aphids are still stuck on some of the kale, is it safe to eat?
thanks to both of you, I went ahead and ate it
While the idea of eating bugs might be unpleasant to think about, they won't hurt you in the least. In fact they may be good for you. Some cultures eat bugs intentionally. Also aphids are so small you may not even notice them. You certainly won't taste them.
The mint leaves should be okay if you wash them before using. Aphids suck the plant fluids and AFAIK, don't inject anything that would carry disease. I'm sure they eliminate on the plants, but anything they output should wash off. If I had to choose between eating aphids which live on relatively sterile plant juice vs eating something that consumes rotting plant material like a sow bug, I'll go with the aphids. That is not to say that eating aphids is healthful, of course.
Aphids are insects, which are just protein. There are a lot of animals that survive by eating aphids, they're just as safe as eating crickets, which some people do. I tried it once covered in chocolate it was frikkin disgusting but you should be fine