I absolutely love fruit in practically all its forms. I can't actually think of a fruit that I don't like at the moment. In fact I am pretty miserable at the moment because I am pregnant and fruit isn't agreeing with me at all and I miss it so much!
I particularly like the more exotic fruits like mango, pineapple, passion fruit and so on although these ones tend to be a lot more time consuming to prepare. If you want a quick snack , it is much easier to grab an apple, an orange, a pear or a banana. Having said that, I have overcome this problem a little.
When I do my weekly shop, I buy lots of different fruits all at once. Usually I include a melon of some kind and a pineapple as well as whatever is in season - in summer it tends to be grapes, berries and nectarines whereas in winter I add pears, kiwi fruits and apples. Then I chop everything up there and then. It takes a while but it worth it in the end because I then stick it all in a big airtight lunch box and it is there for whenever hubby and I fancy some. We tend to have a bowl of fruit with a yoghurt on for dessert after our dinners and it is so much easier when it is preprepared. Also I find that there is much less wastage this way because, in the past, I have been guilty of buying fruit like pineapples and then never quite getting round to eating it.
It is important to use things that keep well - bananas are no good and I stay away from strawberries too - because things that don't keep well make other fruits go bad too. Pineapple and melon are a really good base to add more colourful fruits to to make it look appealing. You really can add anything you like!
I love fruit and try and eat some every day. Summer is certainly the best time of year for fruit as it means that berries and more exotic fruits are in season so more readily available and cheaper to buy.
I will tend to eat fruit as it is but will also cook with fruit occasionally to and make frequent fruit crumbles and pies in a variety of flavours including apple, apple and blackberry, rhubarb and date etc. You can also use fruit in muffins, ice creams and cakes.
One of my favourite and really easy recipes that I make on a frequent basis is banana cake:
190g Self raising flour
150g Caster Sugar
2 very ripe bananas mashed
1 Teaspoon Vanilla extract
1. Grease and line a loaf tin and pre heat oven to 170C / 150 C / Gas 3.
2. Add butter, sugar and vanilla in a saucepan until melted then remove from the heat and mix into the mashed bananas.
3. Beat the egg and add to the mix.
4. Stir in the flour and milk.
5. Pour into the tin and if desired sprinkle on some Demerara sugar to ensure a crunchy topping.
6. Bake in the oven for 35-45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
1. Add in 200g of Blueberries to the mixture.
2. Add in a handful of chopped walnuts.
3. Add some dried fruit such as sultanas or raisins.
This is a beautifully moist cake which is fantastic to use up over ripe bananas and smells delicious when cooking. I like to eat a slice as soon as it is cool enough but wrapped up well and stored in an air tight container it stays fresh and moist for a good few days.
I am a great lover of fruit and my children are also. I love fresh fruit and I choose exotic fruits instead of apples and pears but there are not many fruits that I do not like. I like to buy my fruit from markets but there is not so many of these in England so I have to go to supermarkets unless it is a week when there is a farmers market running.
I was told once that to get the benefit of eating fruit you have to eat many different colours and that lets you get all of the vitamins so it is lucky that I like all of the fruits I have tried. I eat red fruits like strawberries and raspberries, when I eat apples I have green and red ones in the fruit dish, I buy alot of fruit that is different to each other like pomegranates and bananas also.
My husband does not like to eat very much fruit but I buy things that I can make smoothies with and if I am making fruit salad for dessert I choose mainly the fruits that I know my husband will eat like grapes, pineapple and berries.
I have eaten watermelon slices today and ate a lot of this in the summer because it was so hot sometimes that I was drinking alot of water and I think watermelon is just as refreshing as water and it tastes nicer also so I ate that instead. My children like to eat watermelon and it is very healthy so I buy it for them also, it is very expensive to buy in England comparing to the very cheap cost in Europe but I do not care about cost because they are so good for me and my family.
If your children do not like to eat fruit you can make them into smoothies or put some on top of meringue because that is a healthy dessert but it feels satisfying to eat. You can put fruit into yogurt also and that gives flavour to plain yogurt and is more good for you than when you buy yogurts that are already fruit flavoured, some fruit can be stirred into porridge and other breakfast cereal also so that is a way to eat some of your 5 fruit and veg before you have even gone to work or to school.
If you do not eat very much fruit then you should try some new ones because I think there are fruits for everybody and they taste so different from each other that there would be some that everybody will like to eat.
I bought strawberries from Sainsbury's the other day as there were also some other brand strawberries for sale and these looked better. They were also half the price. A 250g box cost only £1, but this is on offer. I am unsure of the full price as it was not shown. A 400g box of other brand cost £3. There are around 20-25 strawberries in the 250g box, and for a £1 I think this is a good number.
There were a few strawberries that were a little dark, out of shape of a little sour, but 80% of the box were sweet and a good quality. There is also the advantage they were English Strawberries, grown in Staffordshire.
The packaging is a simple re-sealable clear plastic box, which is good for taking a few and putting back in the fridge.
This product is not something I buy a lot of, only occasionally during the summer. However, I would buy these again at this price and quality, but it would depend on the full price if the offer is taken off.
I buy these lemons on a regular basis. I mainly use them to make a glass of water a bit more interesting, but do sometimes use them in cooking too.
This bag of 4 lemons costs around 80p, which I think is great value for money. A bag of 4 organic lemons costs about £1.60, so it's a good way to save money. I know that a lot of people only buy organic, and I do try when I can, but I find organic produce from the supermarkets to be very expensive, and not a huge amount better.
I would say the lemons you get in this pack are average in size, they are never huge, but never really tiny. They are always good quality too. They seem to last a good couple of weeks in the fridge.
I am no lemon connoisseur so I couldn't say how great the quality of the actual lemon is, but to me they are very sharp like they should be and they have a firm skin and are easy to cut into wedges or slices. They always do the job I require them for, so they are perfect for me. I have never had any issues with these lemons, and will continue to buy them.
I would definitely recommend this product.
I don't normally buy strawberries as they are normally quite expensive and don't last long in our house.
Not sure if the picture is the same ones as i got but the ones i bought were Sainsbury's brand but not the basics range and were 227g they were £1.99 but on buy one get one free which i thought was a good deal, I wouldn't pay £1.99 for one tub of them.
I go through stages of liking strawberries and hating them but these were really juicy and tasty.
The packaging is quite simple, clear plastic box with a re-sealable plastic lid (which didn't even get chance to close after they had been opened). I wasn't counting but for me there didn't seem like a great quantity in the box, I expected more for £1.99
The second box i got I didn't eat straight away i left them for a day or two and when i came to eat them a couple of the strawberries were 'furry' although still in date, so I was a bit put off by that.
All in all though i would buy them again but only while they are on offer,for me they are still expensive for what they are.