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Sweet and Fruity
Member Name: norton501
Disadvantages: Can be Expensive
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.
Summary: My Specific Conditions for Fruit!