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Jun 27, 2006 03:29 PM

A Costco product to avoid

Dried Fuji Tart Apple Slices - "Nature's Gift to You" - these are from China and have a horrid artificial apple taste.

I never thought dried apple slices could disgust me.

Particularly sad, since Chinese preserved apples used to be a great product.

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  1. lol. I would avoid ALL costco produce. my two cents.

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    1. re: ElissaInPlaya

      I've also enjoyed their produce, buy the big bags of baby spinach for very little, boxes of tomatoes, the bags of cherry tomatoes and aparagus for a song. I've never had any issues.

      1. re: ElissaInPlaya

        Not me. I buy their big bag of spinach for stir fry or salad, also their mixed greens for salad. Heart of Romaine is also good. I have bought their raw veggie trays for parties. In general their meat, seafood, and veggie are very good.

        1. re: ElissaInPlaya

          I would like to know why you feel that way. We have had very good luck with many Costco produce items, including onions, potatoes, spinach, asparagus, bell peppers, carrots, romaine lettuce, spring mix, cherries, pineapples, bananas, apricots, plums, grapes, strawberries, and blueberries.

          1. re: ElissaInPlaya

            I *LOVE* Costco produce. I love their Fuji apples, mushrooms, grapes, grape tomatoes. They're fresh, delicious & cheaper the grocery store produce. Maybe it's coming-of-middle-age thing, b/c I certainly love Costco more now than I did 10 years ago.

            I have Costco bedroom furniture, Costco living room furniture, Costco flooring...

            1. re: OCAnn

              There's better produce for sure out there than Costco but you have to pay a lot more for it (speaking as one who is not near any roadside stands where you can buy it fresh from the farm). And I'm a big fan of their Kirkland and other house brands as I find their own label stuff to be at least as good if not better than the name brands. The house label items from other chains (like grocery stores, drug stores, etc) is nearly always inferior to the name brand stuff.

              1. re: OCAnn

                Did you notice that you can't get the Fuji Apple sliced anymore at Costco. Must be because of that guy that wrote a bad review. We all love them and the kids want more. Let me know if you find that.

                1. re: JoanieJ

                  please let me know where we can buy these great apples!! I only have two bags left!!!!

                  1. re: joannd

                    I was thinking of putting some on eBay but wasn't sure anyone would buy them...

                  2. re: JoanieJ

                    Did you ever find anymore, Can't get at costco and also new style they have is gross! Kids won't touch but the fuji apple slices the best!

                2. re: ElissaInPlaya

                  Even the onions??? There were these Walla Walla sweet onions I could get year round there when I still had a membership (that was practically the only reason I had one) and they were awesome!

                  Always a few in the bag had gone bad due to their high sugar content, but the ones that were good were GOOD!

                  Much to the dismay of my girlfriend, who'd hate it when I went to bed after eating onion sandwiches!

                  1. re: ElissaInPlaya

                    I have to say, in Los Angeles, I don't know where else I'd get Walla Walla onions. And I got *great* white peaches last summer. And raspberries that were the same ones they were selling at Whole Foods for 1/3 the price. And their lemons were excellent at a great price. And bananas were so cheap even if we didn't finish them in time we were still saving money on the ones we enjoyed.

                    I don't doubt you can get better stuff if you can select individual pieces or shop at the farmers' market, but there's nothing wrong with Costco produce when you select for your needs.

                    1. re: rainey

                      I just LOVE those onions.

                      I can say it for days.

                  2. I like most Costco produce. I always have their 3 pack English cucumbers on hand for salads and snacking. The bananas are super cheap, and the watermelongs right now and really sweet. I also buy portabellos from there which I actually prefer to the ones available at my local farmer's market.

                    Why should one avoid their produce?

                    1. I like Costco's produce also. The only thing I don't care for are their 3 lb. bags of Dole salad. I find that they turn brown quite quickly. Otherwise, what's wrong with their stuff? I like the meat and the prepared foods, too.

                      1. Produce aside, this product (Dried Fuji Tart Apple Slices) is in their candy and nuts section (which includes other dried fruits). It isn't a Costco/Kirkland product - it has the Festival brand and says it's imported by Acme foods in Seattle. It's obviously a Chinese product that Costco thought might sell well in their stores.

                        I bought this the other day and didn't find it nearly as offensive as the op. I thought it tasted very much like the green apple Jelly Belly's - reminiscent of the sweet tarts of my youth. The ingredient list is simple - apple, sugar, citric acid, sulphur dioxide (for freshness) and flavor.

                        I certainly consider this to be a candy, and not a simply dried fruit - perhaps that was the expectation, since it was right next to their normal Kirkland dried fruits, which I find to be very good.

                        As far as produce at Costco goes, I don't find it to be any different from any other grocery chain's selection of cleaned, plastic-wrapped vegetables. We're entering the season of buying all our goods fresh, preferably at stalls and farmer's markets, but during the rest of the year, I find these plastic-wrapped items edible, and generally far better than their canned counterparts. Costco being a responsible store in terms of both value to the consumer and care for their employees, I have absolutely no idea why anybody would avoid all Costco products.

                        1. Their packaged pasta is really bad, too.

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                          1. re: calabasas_trafalgar

                            yeah, doesn't it take twice as long to cook as regular pasta? i dont' like it either.