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Apr 23, 2001 09:03 AM

Anyone else on Planet who doesn't like Fruit??

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I feel like an alien. I almost never desire fresh fruit (except, and this seems odd, I do enjoy most tropical fruits - mangos, et al. -- and, also, berries). Fruit juices and shakes and ice-cream are okay, too. But plain apples, oranges, peaches, etc., leave me cold. (Which, by the way, is the only way I'd eat them - COLD and very, very crisp and hard.) If a brunch order arrives with fresh fruit, I have to pick it out and segregate the bits -- even if I eat some of the fruit, I hate the thought of it 'tampering' with my savory omelette or bacon. There is almost nothing I will not eat - I have cravings for almost ALL foods, from plain to just plain weird - but from early childhood, I had to be forced to eat fruit. I'm sure I'm missing out on one of Nature's most wondrous gifts. But I just don't like it! Wonder if anyone else suffers this culinary affliction.

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  1. I wouldn't go so far as to say I don't like fruit, but most of the fruit I have access to in the supermarket is simply uninteresting. Apples, oranges, and bananas picked too early, or ripened unnaturally. When it's possible to have these common fruits truly fresh, they taste entirely different to me. Same goes for peaches and berries. You want yours cold and I like mine still warm from the sun, when freshly picked. That doesn't happen very often though. One of my best food memories is coming upon a patch of wild strawberries one summer in Maine. They were no bigger than the tip of your little finger, but they were obscenely delicious, the distillation of strawberry flavor.

    Okay, I'm starting to sound silly, but you get my meaning, I hope. pat

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    1. re: Pat Hammond

      Pat, I think you put your finger on it. Many have never tasted really fresh fruit that has ripened naturally.

      I remember the first time I tasted fresh Hawaiian pineapple (in Hawaii, many years ago). I was with a friend who insisted we try it. My experiences with pineapple were of the canned variety or a piece that came with a slice of ham. I wasn't up for pineapple AT ALL. But my friend's insistence proved right: I was absolutely floored at the sensational taste and sweetness of a really fresh Hawaiian pineapple. I would quickly indulge in one right now.

      I've noticed the same thing about oranges. There is hardly anything that beats a really good, fresh orange. But it's easy to get put off oranges in general if all you ever taste is bland and relatively juiceless.

      I also think most people (including me) have a very difficult time figuring out when a particular fruit is ripe.

      In recent years, we have ordered the Royal Riviera pears from Harry and David. Very expensive for fruit, but what a taste sensation. When ripe, these pears are so juicy, so sweet and tasty, so rich in the essence of pear, that I come close to swooning as the juice dribbles down my chin.

      1. re: George Lynch

        "Royal Riviera" pears are really a variety called comice. I consider comice to be the Cadillac of pears. They are shipped very green, because they are so perishable. A week or more in a brown bag under the sink until they yield slightly to pressure, then be sure to peel the tough skin and---ambrosia! The big fat comice come from Oregon. i have been able to get small ones grown by an orchardist in Pennsylvania at the Dupont Circle farmers' market here in D.C. They are very juicy and flavorful. A question to melonphobes: have you ever tasted a ripe Sharlyn? Or a really good Cranshaw? Most of what passes for melon in the supermarket is undeserving of the name. Good Sharlyn melons were easy to find, when I lived in L.A. Once in a while I see them at Fresh Fields in D.C. But Oh God--a really good Sharlyn melts on your tongue and fills your mouth with juice --the flavor is ascending layers of sweet tropical perfume. Only a prude could disdain such a delight.

        1. re: zora

          I used to be an outspoken melon-hater until someone insisted that I try a piece of ripe Crenshaw. My lord. I'm in complete agreement with Zora - good Crenshaws, Sharlyns, etc., are in another league entirely than the lame, rock-hard honeydews and cantaloupes and such that plague many a fruit cup.

          1. re: Lauren

            Not to be stubborn, but I don't think the juiciest, sweetest, ripest melon in the world could change my tune. The flavor, which I already don't like, would most likely become even further enhanced. Ack. Someone claiming to hate liverwurst (which I like a lot) would probably still dislike the best liverwurst in the entire world. Such is life, I suppose.

            On another note: even though I'm not a fruit fan, for some reason I decided to make a sandwich last night with blue cheese, smoked turkey, walnuts and PEARS (no, not melon) and I have to admit it was pretty darn good.

            1. re: Krista G.
              Caitlin Wheeler

              I have to chime in agreement on melon flavor, though I find the flavor of ripe melons to be quite different from artificial melon flavor. Melon jelly beans? Repulsive. Midori? Gag me. I shudder just to think of it.

              1. re: Caitlin Wheeler

                How could I forget about Midori. Blech. The sad thing is my favorite color is green, and whenever I see someone drinking a pretty greenish cocktail my curiosity becomes peaked. However, the drink invariably contains the offending liqueur. But then, a drink should probably be more about taste than appearance anyway. Who needs those fluffy things, right?

                I'm also no fan of mint (as a dessert flavoring), which causes a similar problem since I'm visually attracted to green candies, cookies, McDonald's once-a-year Shamrock Shakes and Sundaes, etc. But that's a whole other story...

                1. re: Caitlin Wheeler

                  My biggest pet peeve in artificial flavors is watermelon. I like watermelon. I like watermelon Jolly Ranchers and other similarly-flavored products. I just can't understand how anyone could think they taste alike.

                  1. re: mordacity

                    me, i loathe artificial strawberry.

        2. re: Pat Hammond
          Caitlin Wheeler

          I completely agree with you, Pat. Who does like that fruit plate that comes with breakfast -- tasteless melon, saggy grapes, and maybe a sour orange slice or two? (Aside from my fiance, who is OBSESSED with fruit) But compare those grapes with the perfumy sweetness of muscat grapes (recently available in Chelsea market) or blueberries bought in the supermarket (or served in most restaurants) to those picked yourself at a Connecticut farm, and a whole new world of fruit emerges. I would make it a quest to find perfect fruit -- fruit haters might change their mind.

          1. re: Pat Hammond


            Pat, when you come to NYC, I'll trade you one pastrami sandwich for one of your Maine "obscenely delicious wild strawberries." The only 'wild strawberries' I've been able to partake of has been courtesy of Ingmar Bergman!

          2. Alice, maybe you should be hypnotized to see if you had any bad fruit experiences as a child. Seriously, I wonder sometimes how the way we are introduced to food as children effects our taste for food as adults. I have a 1 year old son who stole the lemon off the side of my pint of Hoegarden last night. I would never think of feeding such a thing to a child but I watched in amazement as he ate all of the fruit off the lemon a left just the rind. Children usually develop thier sweet tooth first a then later develop a taste for the savory and salty. However, so many things can interupt this process that could have a life long effect.

            1. Hate is a very strong word, I realize. But there's hardly a single fruit I like to eat plain. Maybe cherries or tropical fruit, but that's about it and not very often. I'd rather starve than eat an appple, orange or banana. I always buy bunches of bananas, thinking it'd be a good quick snack or breakfast, and 90% of the time they just turn brown on my kitchen counter.

              The same goes for yogurt (which I realize isn't a fruit). I buy it thinking that it will at least minutely up my daily fruit intake, but I'm not really fond of the stuff. In fact, the week I ate yogurt every day, I got intense stomach aches, which makes no sense since it's supposed to aid digestion and be full of good bacteria and all that.

              I do really like the sweet/meat combo though. I love fruit in sauces and glazes or things like prunes and apricots in tagines or lychees and macadamias stir-fried with something like chicken.

              However, melon is a different story altogether. I actively loathe melon in all forms: watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, whatever. People think this is really odd, but I absolutely can't stand the taste. If I even find a melon flavored Jelly Belly in a mixed bag, I'll have to spit it out (and I don't make a habit out of spitting food around). And fruit salads in delis, restaurants or wherever are always like 85% melon, which is very disappointing. Who ever decided that melon is an appropriate breakfast accompaniment?!

              At least I now know I'm not the only fruit avoider in the world.

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              1. re: Krista G.

                I thought I was the only melon hater in the world. In this instance, "hate" is too mild of a word. The aroma literally makes me wretch, especially watermelon, and I can smell it from across a field when at picnics. This is quite strange, as I eat virtually everything else that is considered edible in the Western world.

              2. I'm another one. Yeah, it's a real handicap for a chowhound. And people do look at me funny when I say "no, thanks" to the fruity treat everyone's oohing and ahhing over. I don't dislike all fruits, but even the ones I eat are almost never the first thing I choose to eat, nor yet the second. I make myself eat an apple or a pear or a bunch of grapes or something a couple of times a week, influenced, I suppose, by that food-pyramid thing where they insist you'll die of malnutrition if you don't get your 2-3 fruits a day or whatever. I *like* apples and pears and grapes -- it's just that I seldom feel any real enthusiasm for them. And the list of fruits I will not consume in any way, shape, or form is as long as your arm, and includes many people's favorites: strawberries, pineapples, mangoes, melons (except for watermelon), etc. It's not an aversion to all healthy food -- I love most vegetables. I like yogurt too, but I'm more likely to eat it if it's not fruit-flavored or sweetened (give me tsatsiki any day of the week!) And I enjoy lots of sweet foods, so it's not that. Go figure.

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                1. re: C. Fox

                  How comforting it is to know that one can be a chowhound and not "love" fruit. It's lonely out there when all around you are grabbing at oranges and bananas, et al. I do agree with Pat and George that, as a city dweller, I rarely get fruit at its best. Then again, I'm not sure what 'best' is!! For me, apples must be hard and tart (Granny Smiths). I can't even look at a warm, soft apple. Love lemons, like grapefruit, but feel repulsed if someone is peeling an orange around me. The thought of a juicer -- oranges being squished down onto whirring machinery -- is real "Wes Craven" stuff to me (lol!). (Tho orange juice -- without being near the 'backstage' work to make it -- is okay! Enjoyed blood orange juice, recently. Tart!) Melons? Forget SOFT honeydew and cantelope. Tho, watermelon is refreshing. Again, as I said earlier, berries are great -- am okay with grapes, pinapple - tropical stuff. Think I am seeing a pattern here -- the tarter, the better.) Someone here kindly suggested that I may have been fruit "traumatized" as a child. Well, there was this incident in nursery school where a teacher made my twin and me eat a banana before we were allowed to go home for the day. We threw it up. But the thing is, we threw it up because we ALREADY hated fruit! At any rate, I will keep trying -- and will experiment when the fruit is in its proper season. In the meantime, what are the symptoms of scurvey????

                  1. re: Alice

                    Interesting topic--glad you fruit haters are posting. (Hey, no *wonder* you hate bananas, what a hateful teacher!) I have select fruits I adore, pears above all -yet am a lukewarm watermelon eater--always tastes" off" or wimpy, can't decide which. Hate the seeds! BTW welcome, another twin-there are a number of us on the board, some identical, some fraternal(me and my sister). Might want to check out the thread on twin tastes -you might find it interest. Are you guys identical or not?

                    1. re: berkleybabe

                      Hey - Hi Berkleybabe! That was me, Alice, of "Alice and Lynn" -- the twins that posted that stuff about being 'identical twins' a coupla months ago. (We're the set who has the younger sister who HATES being a sibling of twins. "Deal with it," we say! LOL!) We loved hearing about you and your fraternal twin. Lynn hates fruit, too. I told her to elaborate HER views, tomorrow! (Maybe she'll get into the "seed" dilemma, which you mention. That and PITS! A major turn-off for THIS set of twins. Icky poo.)

                      1. re: Alice

                        Yo, twin girl! Glad to know you're part of the "posse". Tell sis to post, you guys were really interesting with your identical perspective(sorry I got names confused, but I loved posting all that info). Seeds are a bummer-in large red grapes, even raspberries as perfect and dear ($$) as they are. I remember picking huge blackberries in a field behind our suburban Detroit neighborhood; they were some of the best fruit I've ever had. Literally, "hot" off the summer bush, with bees buzzing around, as big as the first joint of your thumb, bursting with flavor and juice and --no seeds! We'd get a whole colander at a time. Of course, now the area is stupid, big foot houses.. so it goes.

                        1. re: berkleybabe

                          You can't get my identical twin sister to eat almost any fruit on a bet. The exceptions are melons and the occasional strawberry. Oh, and fruit pies, especially if loaded with brandy or a liquor.
                          Me, I like 'em all. Especially banannas (deepest apologizes to poor Alice & twin), strawberries, blueberries, all melons, cold apples and oranges and room temp pears. Although I can live without pineapple, unless it's cooked. And I don't like the fuzz on raspberries or peaches, but I eat 'em anyway. Go figure.

                          1. re: barbara ryan

                            "You can't get my twin sister to eat almost any fruit on a bet...Me, I like 'em all."

                            Different twin tastes....interesting! Lynn and I are exactly the same about fruits, though with savory items, I have more of a 'tolerance' for battered foods (fried clams) and richer sauces (coconut curry). Not that that would be my 'first choice' on a menu. A nice not-to-heavy lemon butter garlic sauce would be my preference. (And Lynn's.)

                            1. re: barbara ryan

                              what its the fuzz about anyway? does anyone know?

                            2. re: berkleybabe

                              Berkleybabe, those blackberries sound mighty wonderful. Funnily enough, I remember eating blackberries right off the bush as a child -- and loving it, too! (I also plucked and ate honeysuckle!)Those were the days when the "suburbs" felt like "the country!'

                            3. re: Alice

                              I'm the twin to Alice--the other one--who will soon be appearing with her in "Fear of Fruit!" My sentiments are ditto to her's (naturally.)

                              But here's my focus on it. Mushy texture--and slimy pits. That's what gets me. Maybe I'm setting myself up for some Freudian analysis here--but a soft, mushy, slimy texture totally revolts me. If the peach, the apple, melon, etc is crunchy, tart, etc--I may glance twice at it (tho only because in the year 2001, I don't wanna succumb to some 18th century vitamin disease.) But, even if the fruit flesh passes muster with my peculiar taste buds--I just can't get past those big pits. (ie, those slimy peach-things will bits hanging off it.) I find myself either cutting around the pit with a knife--or feeling slightly bilious as I feel my mouth scraping it. Apples, which yellow even as you eat them, have those icky cores to deal with.

                              Reading the above, I feel like I'm admitting to a dark sickness here. It's not NATURAL to feel like this. But I console myself with the fact that, if need be, I CAN down fruits that don't turn to pulp in my mouth. And, hey, who needs years of analysis about the "whys" of such an aberration, when there's a whole world of salty and sour out there.

                          2. re: Alice

                            Don't worry about scurvy if you're getting your broccoli, potatoes, kale... lots of veggies have substantial C's.

                          3. re: C. Fox

                            "Give me tsatsiki any day of the week." C. Fox

                            LOLOL! Couldn't agree with you more! One of my favorite foods. When I have a craving, it's almost always for something like babaganoush, hummus or tsatsiki! As for yoghurt, I can 'deal with' the fruit flavor (think it's the Brown Cow brand I like - one with cream on top - very good), but prefer and LOVE the plain. Add a little lemon, olive oil, salt, lemon pepper and ground garlic - maybe some ground cumin seed -- and it tastes very "mid-Eastern.' Or sort of like Indian Lassi. (Ingredients also work perfectly with buttermilk.) Great low calorie snack and refreshing for the upcoming summer months.

                            1. re: C. Fox

                              Finally!!! I've found a bunch of like-minded people... I live in a tropical country, and all they do here is eat fruits - all the time... once, even my birthday cake was covered in mangoes - horror of horrors... All my life, everyone around me (my parents, my boyfriend, my friends) have enjoyed fruits and there have been times I wish I enjoyed them too. What is the big fuss really? Meanwhile, I have to bear with the smell (of any fruit really!), which is usually enough to make me quite nauseous... do you think it's a medical or mental condition of some kind?

                            2. OK, I'll fess up. Sitting here thinking about eating an orange, mango, strawberry, persimon, whatever, it sounds great, but when I actually have the slimy, juicy, oozey thing in front of me, a lot of the time I just can't make the commitment to eat it. I kinda hate to admit this because it makes me sound so milquetoast. I eat a banana every day, apples and grapes are fine, but those intense, soft, messy fruits are kind of intimidating.

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                              1. re: chris o

                                There's a question that's begging to be asked here. But since I don't know your sex, I'll be kind.

                                1. re: barbara ryan

                                  "Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach?
                                  I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach.
                                  I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each."

                                  -The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
                                  T. S. Eliot

                                  1. re: Roger Lee

                                    TS Eliot? I thought that was the Allman Brothers...