May 16, 2007

What's your favourite fruit?

You can tell it’s exam season.

I spent far too much time yesterday debating the merits of certain fruits, in the futile quest to find the world’s best fruit.

Contenders include:

  • The strawberry, which has been defaced by the British who try to eat it all year round from African polytunnels. The in-season, natural strawberry is still brilliant though.
  • The pineapple. Again, the British tend to have no concept of what a pineapple really tastes like. We’re used to the rubbish tinned variety, although even our ‘fresh’ pineapples aren’t that great. Go to the tropics and try one – it’s hard to argue against them.
  • The mango. Just like the pineapple, it’s got to be eaten in its country of origin. We pair it with apples in the UK (i.e. juice) because the ones we get are so bad and need mixing with something else.
  • The banana. A divisive choice. Personally, a slightly unripe banana is fantastic, and a ripe one is horrible. Any sign of brown and it’ll get offered to someone else. Others feel completely the opposite. This fickleness is the only thing going against the banana. Otherwise it’s perfect.
  • The raspberry. Not so sure on this one – I’m not a fan of the seeds, and again the supermarket ones aren’t as good.
  • The blackberry. Similar problem as raspberries, except you can’t beat apple and blackberry crumble.

I’ve left out apple, which many will see as an obvious choice. I think they’re too much of a staple really. If I asked you what your favourite vegetable was, would you say ‘potato’? I don’t think so.

I think my choice would be banana or pineapple. But if there’s any trends to be made it’s that fruit from hot countries is much better than from Britain.

What do you think?

And on a complete tangent, how quickly can you guess what this video’s on about?

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  1. Sharon

    You’ve left out melon – although like pineapple, and mango should be eaten in the country of origin but still a fave!
    And plums – good old fashoined Victoria plum – in season of course!

    16 May 2007, 16:35

  2. Before I clicked ‘play’ :)

    16 May 2007, 16:53

  3. Same as Gavin. Other than the hair and beard, it’s a pretty good lookalike.

    16 May 2007, 17:40

  4. Melon… tastes of water. Plums… don’t need to eat all that much before feeling sick.

    16 May 2007, 19:37

  5. Emma

    I am campaigning for the grape – but only the big green ones. Not only do they taste yummy, they are the easiest fruit to eat!

    16 May 2007, 19:44

  6. Paul

    Favourite Fruit Debate: Doidge blog hits new low

    Get back to the law revision son!

    17 May 2007, 11:35

  7. Well I did suggest it would only happen in exam season!!! I see that you have time to read it while revising!

    17 May 2007, 12:23

  8. where are the pears, apricots and peaches? what i miss most when in england are good fruit juices of these, the brits seem to prefer fruit juces of the more exotic variety (apart from orange and apple of course)

    17 May 2007, 15:54

  9. Nectarines! But only if you’re prepared.

    17 May 2007, 17:29

  10. Felix Swinstead

    In my shopping trolley today I had some cherries, raspberries, a pineapple, 2 mangoes, a tub of blueberries and a little pot of pomegranate fruit which you can buy in Waitrose with the little bits plucked from the pomegranate all ready to eat. I like the last two because they are super fruits which are full of antioxidants. Pineapples are very good because they contain an enzyme which aids digestion. I love most fruit but my favourite is probably raspberries although I prefer vegetables.

    17 May 2007, 22:15

  11. Jerry Bakewell

    I like a nice pear. I didn’t used to like pears, but a just-ripe conference pear is a great treat. Stewed pears in maple syrup with chocolate ice cream (Green & Black’s or similar) is also rather yummy.

    BTW, my anti-spam question this evening is “who is the British Prime Minister?” Hope I get it right!

    17 May 2007, 23:43

  12. Bananas are the devil’s fruit – evil and destined to destroy mankind. You have been warned.

    Don’t think you can beat a proper apple – not the bland crap from Chile/South Africa etc – but an old variety with great flavour and texture.

    As with most things – if the grower takes care and time, it will be fab. If it’s forced, mass grown for the supermarket it’s likely to be pretty awful.

    18 May 2007, 08:49

  13. Sue

    Bananas is a funny one I think because a lot of babies are given mashed bananas as one of their first foods and they usually love it at the time so they are given lots of it. I’m sure that’s why a lot of adults don’t like bananas and I have several friends who are in agreement with me on this one. My Mother said that I used to love minced liver as a baby and I absolutely detest it now.

    Talking of babies, I remember when my first child was born my husband said that he felt so happy he wanted to shout it from the rooftops. I feel like that very frequently these days and wonder if it’s to do with all the fruit I’m eating. I love blackcurrants, in fact today I love everything (except liver!)

    18 May 2007, 09:18

  14. Lucy Griffiths

    Berry fruits are probably top of the list – strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, blackberry etc. I’ve taken a shine to plums recently and happily munch a couple every day. I love to make fruit smoothies so a banana is a must for that (and depending on my mood so is vodka). Watermelon is lush and I love green grapes (but seedless or they are too much faff!)

    Apples and Pears – prefer fermented and made into cider and perry (spot a theme here?)

    18 May 2007, 13:57

  15. Roger Lindley

    Yea definitely good sir, get them in country, in season.

    When I go to Turkey I try to get peaches, as they’re usually “in” when I go. Off the local markets you can get 4 for a quid, as big as a grapefruit and gorgeous. Very messy to eat though.
    Perhaps I should say if you go to Turkey, don’t say the word “peach”.... it means “bastard”. The Turkish word is sheftali.

    I’m always appalled by the apology-for-a-fruit you get in the supermarkets here. Are they the same species?

    18 May 2007, 14:18

  16. Michael Jones


    18 May 2007, 21:01

  17. Sue

    I meant pureed liver, obviously you wouldn’t give a young baby minced liver.

    19 May 2007, 09:48

  18. Heather

    Loganberries or Wortleberries as my dad used to call them when he went picking them in the Quantock Hills as a young boy.

    21 May 2007, 13:03

  19. feketefene

    ohhh maaaaan…that video is crazy!!!! :D :D :P

    22 May 2007, 17:38

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