My Favourite Fruits!
I am not too much into my vegetables, but I could just eat fruit and never stop. Here are my favourites.
I love blueberries. These are best to just have on your desk at work as it stops those chocolate cravings sneaking in at work. Grapes also do a great job for this too both red and green.
Bananas are my favourites for adding to my porridge in the morning. I feel they add a slightly different texture and an amazing flavour. They can even be used for this purpose when they are on their way out.
Mango. I love these so much. I like to munch on them with plain yoghurt and muesli and I always really enjoy them dry.They are a little expensive as one mango can cost upwards of £1.50, but they are so tasty. It is better top buy them and prepare them yourself than buy a box. You find that the quality is much better and they are easier to use.
Honey Dew Melon. This is so refreshing, the only down side is taking the seeds out (I just think they are horrid). I love melon with parma ham, put with a little honey this is the perfect Italian starter.
Rhubarb. This one is not trendy that is for sure, but I love the sour flavour. Nothing beats stewed rhubarb or rhubarb crumble on a cold night. I could really do with finding some other uses for them.
One I don't like - Oranges, I love the flavour but the texture is too unpleasant!
I absolutely love fruit in almost all its forms, in fact the only fruit I can think of that I don't like is peach and that is not because of the taste of it, but more because of the furry skin that goes through me! Here are my top five fruits . . .
1. Mango - without a doubt my absolute favourite and delicious when it is ripe and has gone that lovely orange colour. I am not a big fan of mango flavoured drinks and the like, but fresh mango is absolutely delicious. I could easily sit and eat plates and plates of the stuff. In fact the only thing that stops me is the fact it takes so long to prepare. I remember at uni, it was always my hangover cure because our local supermarket had a fresh salad counter and I used to go and get a tub full of mango from there!
2. Watermelon - I love this because it reminds me of summer. I love being somewhere hot and having a nice big slice of cold fresh watermelon. My husband doesn't get it because he says it tastes of nothing, but he is wrong obviously!
3. Clementines - for the exact opposite of watermelon, I love clementines because they remind me of Christmas! I love the really tiny sweet ones that are still quite firm but are juicy when you get inside. Plus they don't have pips which is an added bonus!
4. Blueberries - This is a recent thing for me because, although I've had them in the past, I've never really realised how good they are. They are what is called a superfood, which means they are super good for you (I assume!). I like to add these to a fruit salad, but can quite easily eat a packet of them by themselves.
5. Cherries - I love fresh cherries, almost as much as I love mangoes! They are a bit fiddly to eat, but so worth it, especially when they are nice and ripe.
So there you have it, my top five fruits!
I'm not a huge lover of fruit as I find most of it too sweet and I'm concerned about the effects of fruit sugars/acids on my teeth, I do try to eat at least one piece of fruit every day though but apart from smoothies I don't tend to do anything exciting with my fruit.
One trick I picked up at Weight Watchers many years ago was to peel and slice a green apple then sprinkle it with cinnamon and microwave it for a minute - this turns a normal plain apple into something hot that tastes a little like apple pie, only without the added calories of the sugar as pastry. I can't eat an apple whole as I don't like the taste of cold apples so this is the perfect way to get one of these fruits into me.
Bananas are another one I don't like in their natural state and when it comes to those I like to toast one side of bread then add mashed banana to the other side before grilling for a few seconds, on top of the mashed banana I add some banana slices so I'm eating the whole fruit rather than just a bit of it mashed.
If I had to choose an absolute favourite fruit it would be watermelon and I can eat that until the cows come home, unfortunately the water melons we've had this year in the UK haven't been of wonderful quality so I've tended to buy it by the slice as and when I fancy it. Grapes are another favourite (my preference is for black grapes) as they're nice to pick at in the evening when the munchies strike - I've also discovered frozen grapes this summer and have definitely eaten more grapes than usual thanks to this (frozen kiwi is super too!).
Fruit is so good for you that you should eat as much of it as possible, if like me you're not a big fan there are all sorts of ways to hide fruit in something else so have a mess around next time your fruit bowl is full and you might just be surprised!
MY FAVOURITE FRUIT
I have many favourite fruits and can not just say one because it will depend on what mood I am in for what fruit I want to eat. Sometimes I like to eat strawberries and when I eat them I would say that they are Sent from my iPhone
I do not make many things with fruit but I like it that alot of fruits can be added to desserts without having to do very much to them. They will add flavour and texture also, I like to add fruit to alot of different things and even to things like chocolate cake because fruit on the side can help it to feel not so rich and more fresh to eat. The thing that I do most is mix fruit into yogurt because it is cheap to buy a big tub of plain yogurt and use your own fruit, it is healthier also to make yogurt flavours like that because flavoured yogurts have alot of chemicals in them.
I make apple crumble but not apple pie because my family do not like pastry very much, I am not good at making it also so I prefer to cook crumbles. I use normal eating apples and I do not buy cooking apples because they are too bitter and I have to add too much sugar to them, I have used all sorts of fruit to make crumbles that includes strawberries and rhubarb.
Bananas are nice on a sandwich but I do not like them on their own very much because they have got too much of a dry taste. My children all love to eat banana and I think most children do because they are good when it is weaning time because bananas can be mashed up and used as finger food also.
I like to eat strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and grapes in a bowl for my breakfast sometimes because it is very refreshing and light. I like it also because I put the bowl on the table and I can pick berries out while I am getting my children ready for school and they can be left there to finish off when I have taken them to school if I have not very much time.
I love to eat mango and that is my favourite fruit, I eat it nearly every day and when I buy a mango I like that I am the only person who likes it so I can eat a whole fruit for myself. I like to peel it and just eat it in pieces because I love the flavour but I like the mango chutney that my husband makes very much also.
I can not say I buy many fruits. However I like bananas and apples very much. However after some research, I understand that bananas contain a large amount of daily nutrients that you need to take.
"One apple per day keeps the doctor away"
I think this phrase is wrong. As I have done some research, I found out that bananas include more nutrients than apples, which are necessary for a healthy body, and also these fruits is one of the best sources for potassium intake.
- Calories 105
- Calories from Fat 0
- Total Fat 0 grams
- Saturated Fat 0.1 grams
- Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1 grams
- Monounsaturated Fat 0 grams
- Cholesterol 0 mg
- Potassium 422.44 mg
- Sodium 1 mg
- Carbohydrates 26.9 grams
- Dietary Fiber 3.5 grams
- Sugars 14 grams
- Protein 1.2 grams
As you can see, an average banana contains 422 mg of potassium which it is a very important mineral. Why is potassium so important? Potassium ions are necessary for a healthy body because they help build up muscles and also control the electric activity of your heart. Also it is one of the most important electrolytes that control the acid-base balance inside the body. People with potassium deficiency have many arrhythmia incidents and many other health problems.
If you compare the calories intake with other fruits, bananas cannot give you much energy. For example, when you sleep your body burns around 63 calories per hour and if you compare this with the calorie intake from bananas, I am sure that bananas don't make us fat and don't cover our daily needs.
AS a conclusion, I want to advise everyone to eat at least one banana per day. Our body needs nutrients to work properly and this fruit is a great source.
One of my favourite fruits is one that tends to be overlooked or not liked by many people….Rhubarb! This is something that was always growing in my parent’s garden every summer and the anticipation of it being ready to simply eat raw dipped in sugar or made into one of my mothers yummy Rhubarb and date crumbles was always very high.
I still make this crumble now as it is by far my favourite flavour crumble….
Rhubarb & Date Crumble
Peel and chop Rhubarb into chunks about 2 inches long and place in a sauce pan with the sugar and heat until the rhubarb begins to soften slightly.
Drain of any excess liquid from the Rhubarb and place into an oven proof baking dish and place a few of the dates between the Rhubarb.
Place four and butter into a bowl and rub together until it resembles breadcrumbs then add it in the sugar.
Spoon the crumble mix over the Rhubarb and place in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
I usually serve this crumble slightly warm with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream but it can obviously also be served with custard or fresh cream whipped or just poured over. Variations can also be to swap the dates for a little bit of ginger mixed into the Rhubarb or to simply leave the dates out and just have a simple Rhubarb crumble.
Whilst browsing through the Discussion Topics (as I like to do from time to time when I cannot think of a review to write or just feel like waffling on about something discussion related ...) this topic caught my eye.
I eat much less fruit than I used to. I think I avoided most fruits like the plague as a child (eating the custard and leaving the peach slices when served this at school and eating the crumble but leaving the gooey fruit part...), then in my late teens I became overtly pre-occupied with losing weight. During this 'phase' I ate a lot of fruit. Plums and apples were part of my staple diet due to their low calorie and 'healthy' credentials. In recent years, when I have been working full-time yet have had at times painfully little to live on for a food budget, fruit for me is a rare buy as it can be expensive (Sainsbury's £2 for 4 apples! £2.49 for 5 plums? £2.99 for 500g of grapes? Oh please!!) So I suppose my fruit consumption could be described diagrammatically in terms of a bell shape.
I know I should eat more fruit. My favourites are (in no particular order):
I think it is Sapphire plums that are my favourite of all the plums I have tried. Plums are very hit or miss unfortunately as supermarkets get different varieties in and these can vary wildly from small hard sour or tasteless plums to very large juicy delicious plums. I try to look at the label as it is normally printed with the variety (so I can try to spot the ones that I like for future selective purchasing!). A punnet of plums can cost up to £2.49 in my local Co-op for 5 plums. For me this is way too expensive. In Summer, I try to buy plums at the fruit and veg market for £1 for around 15 plums. If you get a 'good' plum, it will be juicy and sweet. Unfortunately I have had a bad run with plums recently and the last 7 or 8 punnets I have bought have either gone from being unripe and really hard/ sour to being mouldy and gone- off in the space of a day with no middle-ground!
2: Slightly Unripe Bananas:
I do like bananas but really dislike the powdery texture or the pith that you get in 'ripe' bananas. I will avoid banana's that have lots of black spots on the skin as this to me means it has gone powdery inside. The thought of warm mushed up bananas makes me feel nauseous. For me, a banana has to have a little green still on the skin and it has to be cold- so I look for the 1 or 2 days pre-ripe banana and will only buy one at a time (go Tesco for your 17p individual bananas!) and will keep it in the fridge.
3: Green Apples:
Golden delicious crispy crunchy apples are my favourite, but I dislike how the skin is quite hard to chew and digest. Also, I find if I bite into an apple, I end up feeling as if the skin has become stuck in between my lower teeth. I could peel the apple, but that creates so much waste, and I have a theory that in an apple some of the vitamins are going to be in the skin (as with a potato?- but I haven't checked this out - yet). I used to have an apple corer that I really do need to track down as this created nice little segments so you can concentrate on the flesh of the apple.
These are my top fruits. I tried my first 'actual' / fresh coconut last year (at the age of 32!) and although I liked the juice/ 'milk', the very high fat content and rich rich nutty taste made me not think of it as a 'fruit'.
I didn't realise I was so picky when it comes to fruit! I think for 2013 I do need to eat more fruit.
I buy quite a few of the Tesco Disney funsize fruits. I have always found it a bit of a struggle to get my kids to eat enough fruit. The funsize ones are so much more attractive to them because there is less to eat.
Tesco Disney funsize bananas are a great size for children, some bananas are just so huge! They are not as good value as the average banana, costing £1.29 for a bag which works out at around 18p per banana compared to loose bananas at 16p and value ones at around 11p each.
I always find the Disney bananas are nicely ripened and ready to eat. It is a good idea to make sure they are not overly ripe though, as I have had an occasional bag which has been a disappointment.
These bananas are nice and sweet and very easy to peel which is just perfect for children. They make a lovely healthy snack and do not overly fill them.
A single Tesco Disney funsize banana has around 100 calories and is a great source of carbohydrates.
If you have kids, these are well worth having in your fruit bowl.
My kids love these tesco fun size banana and we always have them in our house .They have a natural sweetness that my kids and i love .We love these bananas because you can do so many things with them, you could cut them up and have them with you cereals,or you can use them for baking cakes ,cupcakes or pies and that goes to show how useful these bananas are.My kids love them especially when we make smoothies with them,it makes them really happy when i make it for them.Bananas are also a good source of fibre,which is good for our health.My mother told me one time that instead of watching your bananas go bad you could cut them up and put them in the freeze that prolongs their life for long and these ones from my experience are good for smoothies ,you do not even have to bother using ice because these ones are frozen.
EDIT: I have just stumbled across this review and realised that for some unknown reason, Dooyoo have taken my review from where it belongs and plonked it in a completely different catagory!?!?!?!
So... When reading, please bear in mind that this review is of Tesco Disney Funsize bananas, not 'Favourite Fruit'!
Bananas are just bananas really, aren't they? Kind of.
I usually just go for the pack that looks nicest/cheapest depending on what's available but after trying these bananas a few times I specifically search them out when I am in Tesco.
Why? They just seem to taste softer and sweeter than other brands. I'm not sure why, I thought I may have just got a good pack the first time I tried them but they are always of a consistently good quality and just seem to taste nicer than other packs.
These bananas are around half the size of standard ones so they used to be perfect for my son as he could never eat a whole banana. Now he would eat three in one go if I let him!
He's only four - I'm dreading the teenage years, full of £500 shopping bills!
Now I'm sure you all know what bananas taste like so I will just compare the taste of this pack compared to your average banana. These bananas seem to have a stronger and sweeter flavour than your average banana and seem to be softer than usual. This may just be me, but I can actually taste a difference between these and standard bananas.
They cost £1.39 and work out as £1.85 per Kg, which is around average compared to other packs.
I would definitely recommend them, especially ifd you have little ones in the family who won't eat a large banana.
Yes - these are great banana's and perfect snack for you or your kids.
The reason I wanted to review these is to give you all a great tip that I got when I was going to my local slimming club.
Basically a great use for bananas in the summer is to peel them and then find a wooden kebab stick. Carefully put the kebab stick through the banana from one end to the other, leaving part of the stick visible.
Next wrap the banana in foil and put in the freezer. Allow to freeze - and voila... you have a banana ice lolly. Great for kids and great for you.
I wasn't so sure when someone first mentioned this idea (well I was pretty dubious about it to be honest!) but I tried it and lo and behold it was really really enjoyable.
There are other fruit you can do this with too - take the common (Tesco!) grape. Just take the grapes off the bunch and put them in the freezer. They make nice little green gobstoppers. Again they don't go brown and it's really like sucking on a nice cold sweet. Fantastic for the summer and easy on the hips!!
WHY SHOULD YOU BUY THEM?
1. You should buy them if you want a shorter banana - funsize banana's mean that they are smaller than normal banana's.
2. You should buy them if you have kids who get too full eating a large banana so you don't waste half of it, by putting it in the bin.
3. You should buy them if the large banana's don't fit in your kids snack box.
4. You should buy them if you are hard up and they are on special offer.
5. You should buy them if you like the taste of banana's.
6. You should buy them if you happen to be shopping in Tesco's at the time - because I doubt many of us have such discerning taste that we can tell the difference between various varieties of Banana coming from various countries...I think we all tend to concentrate instead on the outer skin colour of the banana (green = hard/unripe, yellow (ripe), yellow with odd brown spots (riper and sweeter), brown (past eating) + the feel of the banana i.e. firm or soft and squidgy in areas (= badly bruised).
WHY SHOULDN'T YOU BUY THEM?
1. You shouldn't buy them if don't like the taste of banana's
2. You shouldn't buy them if you prefer larger banana's
3. You shouldn't buy them if you are allergic to banana's
4. You shouldn't buy them if they are all very brown or bruised!
WHAT DO THEY TASTE LIKE?
They taste banana-y. A sweet delicate flavour. Sometimes they are a little difficult to peel - other times they peel like a dream. I don't like the bruisy bits - sometimes they are bruised/sometimes not.
I have just read a story on the Internet where someone writing their Wartime memoirs said that all they ever remembered about a banana was seeing a sign in a greengrocers shop which said `A Hand of Yellow Banana Fyffes`.
The fruit is plentiful these days, sold cheaply and can`t even be considered a treat...how lucky we are.
I prefer to buy the fun size bananas, they are good value for money and we don't waste any of the fruit. If we buy the large bananas I often have to cut them in half, or a portion of the fruit gets stuck back into the fruit bowl for the next day.
Its surprising how versatile the banana is, just think about all of the recipes that include the Worlds most popular fruit.
The banana originates from Malaysia and is in fact not a tree but the Worlds largest herb (Genus Musa). Bananas are grown in around 107 countries, although they are cultivated for their fruit they are also grown as ornamental plants and are used for their fibres. In popular culture the banana is a sweet but soft dessert fruit but there are also the Plantains which are a firmer and starchier fruit altogether. The fruit is rich in Potassium, Vitamin C and Vitamin B.
I'm sure that most of us have a favourite way of eating a banana, myself I prefer them overripe, even with brown spots on the yellow skins, some find them far to hard to digest when they are too ripe.
Many love to eat them when they still have a good `bite` to them, the outer skin still slightly green and the fruit a touch crunchy. The easiest way to please everyone is to pick a pack out from the supermarket shelf that has both green and ripe bananas packed in together.
The riper the fruit the easier it is to peel and I have friends who always save their banana skins as a source of potassium for their gardens, they cut the skins into smaller pieces and dig them into the soil. I listened to Gardeners Question Time on the radio and they were having a dispute, some on the panel were very sceptical saying that was an old wives tale.
The banana makes a great sandwich, some prefer to mash it in a bowl and add some Castor sugar then spread it onto the bread, others like to slice the banana straight onto the bread.
It makes a lovely moist and sticky cake that is fairly easily baked.
Have you ever been to the Chinese Restaurant and had a banana fritter in golden syrup? Delicious.
Weetabix have countless ideas for toppings for their famous cereal biscuits, banana and yoghurt on top of a Weetabix biscuit makes a good, healthy breakfast.
Certain curries benefit from having sliced banana added to them.
Health food stores sell sliced dried banana, crisp, sweet and nourishing too. Sliced dried banana is used in many breakfast cereals too. A banana and ice cream milk shake is beautiful on a hot summers day.
So we have looked at all the culinary uses for the banana so we had maybe better take a look at its other uses too.
If you are roasting a joint of meat and feel unsure about its tenderness then throw a banana skin into the roasting tin, it will help things along.
Houseplant leaves shine up well using the inside of a banana skin.
Abrasions respond well to being rubbed with the inside of a banana skin, the skin has healing properties.
The Rosebushes really love being fed the chopped skins that are loaded with potassium. (Gardeners Question Time agrees on this one!)
Buff up your shoe leather using the inside of the banana skin, it leaves the leather nourished and shiny.
Don't throw away any black bananas, put them out on the bird table, it attracts birds and butterflies, but keep an eye out in case it also attracts wasps.
Our skin loves a banana face mask, mash a banana, add a 1/4 cup of plain yoghurt and two tablespoons of honey to apply to dry skin.
Im sure there are many more uses for this versatile fruit but I have tried to list but a few.
I am sure that you will agree they represent such good value for money.
I love bananas but find it hard to get through a full one and my local grocer has taken to selling massively oversized bananas that really are a waste of money for me as I'll have three bites and that is enough for me. I was looking at the fruit in Tesco the other day when I saw some small bananas wrapped in a plastic bag which was decorated with Mickey Mouse and other classic characters.
These Disney themed bananas are an obvious plea for children to become more interested in fruit and this clever packaging, along with the compact size of these bananas, will definitely appeal to kids for their lunchboxes or after school snack.
They are easy to peel which again children would like as I think even the smallest child could manage to open one of these bananas. They are a nice overall yellow colour with no green or brown patches evident, inside the bananas are flavoursome and fleshy with a fresh taste and good texture.
I've eaten them as a fruit and also made my baby granddaughter banana custard with these bananas and they really are lovely. I don't know if it's because they are so small but they have a velvet texture which isn't as apparent in larger bananas, I think they would be good in a banana bread and they have a nice firm texture that would lend itself well to baking.
Each banana weighs roughly 100g and this is the perfect size for me, I can finish one of these off no problems and can even tempt my little nephew with one as he can manage to hold it himself. There are around 10 bananas in each bag and they cost 94p which is perfectly acceptable as I've found these bananas will keep their colour and shape for at least a week if stored correctly.