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margareteats Dec 18, 2007 07:07 AM

Hi - I know this isn't a typical Chowhound question, and I apologize, but I need to send a fruit basket to a coworker who just had hip surgery. Any suggestions? She lives in Boston. Thanks, everyone!

  1. Gio Dec 18, 2007 07:17 AM

    Here's a link to Winston's Flowers, one of Boston's nicest florists. They have wonderful gift baskets. http://tinyurl.com/2rec9d

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    1. re: Gio
      taxi Dec 22, 2007 12:38 PM

      Have you thought of a different type of basket from Cookies by Miss Jackie? On Salem St. in Malden diagonally across from the Salemwood Cafe. She does notable decorative baskets. Merry

    2. chowciao Dec 18, 2007 07:58 AM

      I have to say that a colleague at my work received a fruit basket from edible arrangements http://www.ediblearrangements.com/ I was suprised how fresh the fruit was, and how great it tasted. It's something a bit different, too.

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      1. re: chowciao
        gourmaniac Dec 18, 2007 11:07 AM

        we were also pleased with edible arrangements as were the people who received them. Surprisingly fresh and ripe fruit in late fall.winter was a nice surprise. range is $30-100 before delivery ($15).

        1. re: gourmaniac
          ginnyhw Dec 19, 2007 03:00 AM

          3rd for edible- they are local too, not Fed Exed in from the midwest or where ever Harry and David's comes from

      2. MaineRed Dec 18, 2007 08:52 AM

        Pemberton Farms: www.pembertonfarms.com/product/Pemberton_Farms_Gourmet_Basket_Sampler/13
        Ruma Fruit: www.rumasfruit.com

        both local

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        1. re: MaineRed
          sifsw Dec 18, 2007 09:32 AM

          Sadly, we just received a fruit basket at work as a gift from Pemberton, and it was bad--sad assortment of very ordinary fruit (apples, pears, oranges, a grapefruit), several oranges were rotten, very ordinary old-lady typical fruit basket candy. The display was nothing special either, and in fact weirdly complicated to take apart with the fruit stacked unnecessarily high on top of more paper than I've ever seen in a fruit basket. Very disappointing. I do like their in-store produce.

          I was skeptical but other friends have loved the Edible Arrangements baskets.

          1. re: sifsw
            MaineRed Dec 19, 2007 06:52 AM

            oh, that is sad :(

            Edible arrangements are good, but don't send it to one person, or someone in the hospital -- it is huge and the one time I got it ended up freezing most of it for smoothies...

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          lasiciliana Dec 18, 2007 11:11 AM

          i'm throwing in my vote for Edible Arrangements...really good and super fresh!

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            sruperto Dec 18, 2007 02:18 PM

            The pears at Harry and David are always juicy and delicious!

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            1. re: sruperto
              kweesee Dec 18, 2007 04:43 PM

              i gave my sister edible arrangement when she twisted her ankle once, but it wouldn't fit it her fridge, so you might wanna keep that in mind

              i think harry and david have the BEST BEST fruits ever. esp the pears. go to their website or they have a store @ wrentham outlet

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              cookiezim Dec 18, 2007 04:50 PM

              I agree that Harry and David fruit is good quality but in my experience it can take WEEKS for it to arrive. I have had excellent luck with Edible Arrangements in terms of quality, wow factor and speed of delivery.

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              1. re: cookiezim
                PrincessBakesALot Dec 18, 2007 08:09 PM

                I've had really good luck using Ruma's in Everett. They have a website so you can see all their choices. Not particularly original designs, but we've always found them to be fresh and great quality.

                I love the idea of Edible Arrangements but they are better for office groups or large families. It is a LOT of cut fruit that has to be pulled apart from the cabbage holder to fit in the fridge as kweesee said.

                1. re: cookiezim
                  sruperto Dec 19, 2007 07:53 AM

                  I ordered from Harry and David a month ago. The package came within about 5 business days.

                  1. re: sruperto
                    BikeToEat Dec 19, 2007 05:48 PM

                    I have received several baskets from Harry and David that were fruit plus other sweets and snack items. Though the fruit was fine, and nothing out of the ordinary, the sweets and snack items were atrocious. They tasted very processed, which made me read the ingredients...lots of preservatives, food colorings, and trans fat. Ugh. Stick with fruit if you order from them.

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                  Tay Dec 19, 2007 05:59 PM

                  Edible Arrangement gifts are fine if you are going to have a lot of company that day. As one poster mentioned, they usually do not fit in the fridge and have to be 'dismantled' in order to be put in the fridge. Additionally, since they are indep. franchises, some are better than others. I find them too fragile to be at all practical.
                  If you want to order from a very cool place, check this out. They are delicious, and the price is great!
                  I hope your friend feels better.

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                  1. re: Tay
                    macca Dec 21, 2007 07:03 AM

                    My mom is sending an edible arrangement this year to a friend. It is really not that big- I think it is called hearts and flowers- it is strawberries and pineapples in the shape of hearts. Some of the pineapples are dipped in chocolate. If you look on the edible website, you sh ould be able to find small choices. I know they do have one that is all strawberries- looks like a tulip bouquest. available dipped or plain.

                  2. diablo Dec 22, 2007 12:44 PM

                    www.gotfruit.com. Gave my grandparents the 'fruit of the month' club as a xmas gift last year. They do all kinds of fruit baskets, too. They raved about the quality of the fruit. They also offer organic options and the prices are the best I've seen on the web.

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                    1. re: diablo
                      Tay Dec 22, 2007 01:18 PM

                      I like gotfriut.com as well

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