HOME > Chowhound > General Topics >
What's your latest food quest?

Are you a Fruit Person or Vegetable Person?

Chemicalkinetics Sep 6, 2010 09:44 PM

Forget about meats and grains for this discussion. Are you more of a fruit person or a vegetable person? That is: do you lean toward fruit or vegetable consumption when compared to others?

I lean toward vegetables. Vegetables constitute a good portion of my meal. Meanwhile, I may or may not have a fruit everyday. So compared to people who I know, I am more of a vegetable person.

Thank you.

P.S.: For the sake of this discussion, let's classify fruits and vegetables by the culinary definition, not the botanical definition. E.g.: you can count tomatoes, eggplants, bell peppers ... as vegetables.

  1. ipsedixit Sep 6, 2010 10:38 PM

    While I hate this response when other people do it to my questions, I'm going to straddle the fence on this one and say that I'm both -- just about 50/50.

    Unless I am ill, or traveling, there will rarely ever be a day when I go without at least 3 servings of fruits and vegetables, and many times much much more.

    In fact, I can say that just about every "normal" or typical day for me, I will always have at least 1 or 2 large (12"+) bananas, a Fuji apple, 2 cups of cabbage, 2 cups of broccoli, a stick of carrot, and 2-3" of Japanese yams.

    2 Replies
    1. re: ipsedixit
      Chemicalkinetics Sep 6, 2010 10:53 PM

      You definitely eat a lot more fruits than I do.

      1. re: Chemicalkinetics
        ipsedixit Sep 6, 2010 10:57 PM

        Fruit is the first thing I eat for breakfast generally (i.e. before the savory stuff like eggs, oatmeal, etc.)

        At dinner, fruit is the last thing I eat, which usually means it's dessert or a part of dessert.

        In fact, I can't imagine going an entire day without either fruits or vegetables (yes, plural for both). But, it would be easy for me to imagine a day without any types of animal proteins, and in fact I do go meat-less on some days even though I am by no means a vegetarian, or even a closet-vegetarian. I love me a well-charred steak!

    2. RealMenJulienne Sep 6, 2010 11:48 PM

      Oh vegetables, definitely. Sometimes my lazy dinner is just a heaping mound of stir-fried green beans or spinach with garlic. I'll even chop up and saute a small cabbage for a snack. On the other hand I never eat fruit unless someone else has bought, washed, cut, and placed it in front of me.

      5 Replies
      1. re: RealMenJulienne
        Chemicalkinetics Sep 7, 2010 12:56 AM

        Thanks. I eat more fruits a bit more now, but that is only because I tell myself to eat more fruits.

        I guess part of the reason is because I cook vegetables as part of my main meals and people don't easily miss their meals. Whereas, I view fruits as snacks and I can forget about them.

        1. re: RealMenJulienne
          cheesecake17 Sep 7, 2010 12:14 PM

          I'm definitely a vegetable person. I'll eat fruit if it's out cut up... the only fruit I'll actually buy and cut up to eat is pineapple. Sometimes I'll buy cubed mango, because I love it, but I'm terrible at choosing and cutting one.

          But vegetables.. spinach, artichokes, kale, peppers, carrots, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower... I'll eat them prepared any way at any time. The only vegetable I don't like is tomatoes.

          1. re: cheesecake17
            Rasam Sep 7, 2010 05:35 PM

            I think cheesecake, chemicalk, and realmenj have put your finger(s) on it.

            I also find it tiresome to cut up fruit, and even more tiresome to eat fruit that is not cut up. I don't enjoy scronching into a huge apple. But if someone else cuts up the apple and puts it in front of me, then OK.

            Veggies OTOH are usually cut up and spiced up, and so are more attractive to my salt-loving tongue. Anyone who doesn't love a sun ripened tomato, please just send them to me :)

            My favourite fruits are those which I can use as a vehicle for salt and red chilli powder - e.g. guavas, mangoes, pineapple, watermelon, etc. (But f these fruits are really ripe and juicy and sweet and good, then I do enjoy them as is) .....

            1. re: Rasam
              RealMenJulienne Sep 9, 2010 07:32 PM

              Yeah, for me a little sweetness goes a long way. The slight sweet note of perfectly cooked vegetables, alongside the salty, spicy, bitter, and sour flavors, is just enough for me.

          2. re: RealMenJulienne
            spinachandchocolate Sep 18, 2010 10:46 AM

            I'm just like you, RealMenJulienne.

            I have lots of veggies at every meal (even at breakfast in my eggs). They fill me up. Fruit on the other hand I rarely buy. It doesn't fill me up and sometimes even makes me hungrier or yearns for something else. I heard once you're supposed to always eat fruit on it's own and not eat anything an hour before and after--it helps with digestion.

            Plus, you can always get all of your vitamins and minerals from veggies, which you can't from your fruit.

          3. Pia Sep 7, 2010 01:36 AM

            Fruit. I'm also a dessert person, though.

            1. r
              Rasam Sep 7, 2010 06:17 AM

              Definitely a veggie person.

              I do like fruit and make sure and get at least some every day, but If I don't have any once in a while, it's OK. I can't do without veggies however....

              1. buttertart Sep 7, 2010 06:27 AM

                Fruit pretty much all the way. Except for tomatoes which are my favorite "vegetable".

                6 Replies
                1. re: buttertart
                  mamachef Sep 7, 2010 06:32 AM

                  Vegetables win every, last darn single time for me. I even like leftover, soggy salad. The top billing, though....drumrolll....tomatoes. I could do without every other vegie (maybe i'd need onions, at least to cook with) but could. not. do. without. tomatoes. Fruit's good, but like a few other folks here, it needs to be presented to me as chunks, or slices, or whatever. Which is not going to happen, because I'm the one around here who'd do that!

                  1. re: mamachef
                    buttertart Sep 7, 2010 07:37 AM

                    There is nothing on earth like a great tomato. As far is fruit is concerned, I can't think of a single one I wouldn't rather eat than most vegetables, raw/cooked/sliced or no. It's not as if I don't eat them however.

                    1. re: buttertart
                      mamachef Sep 7, 2010 10:35 AM

                      'Zackly, butter. Tomatoes are the only thing I will go to any lengths for; the rest is pretty incidental.

                  2. re: buttertart
                    Chemicalkinetics Sep 7, 2010 08:02 AM

                    I love tomatoes too. Not just the taste, it just look so round and chubby and adorable.

                    I mostly cook tomatoes now, but I used to just eat it like a fruit (raw).

                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                      buttertart Sep 7, 2010 01:07 PM

                      And they feel good in your hands, in all their round, chubby adorableness!

                      1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                        sockii Sep 9, 2010 09:31 AM

                        I used to hate raw tomatoes. But since moving to South Jersey I will eat them like they're crack - as long as they are really fresh and ripe, of course.

                        Definitely more a veggie than fruit person. There are so many interesting ways to prepare vegetables and fruit just...is often overly sweet or boring to me. I do love berries, though.

                    2. natewrites Sep 7, 2010 07:47 AM

                      I'm not much of a sweet person at all. It's veggies hands down for me with plenty of salt, herbs and cheese.

                      1. c
                        cheesemaestro Sep 7, 2010 08:26 AM

                        Fruit for me. All winter and spring, I think about the beautiful peaches, plums, etc. I'll be enjoying in summer. If you had asked 20 years ago, I would have said that fruit wins hands down. Now I would say that it's a more even "contest," but the scales are still tipped toward the fruit side.

                        1. h
                          Harters Sep 7, 2010 09:38 AM

                          Veggies - although a piece of fruit usually features after lunch and dinner.

                          1. greygarious Sep 7, 2010 11:00 AM

                            I hate hot weather so the prospect of the first of the fall apples preserves my will to live through July and August! But I am picky about fresh fruit so I eat what's in season. My fallback is dried fruit, which I always have on hand. I am careful to visualize the equivalent of fresh when portioning it, and drink a lot of water accompanying dried fruit. I love vegetables too.

                            1. f
                              flashria Sep 7, 2010 11:35 AM

                              Fruit, definitely, no contest - canned, dried, fresh, whole, in chunks, you name it...I'm particularly not keen at all on 'green' and/or 'leafy' vegetables and have often wondered if there's something common to all of them which just switches me off - broccoli, sprouts, green cabbage, yuk yuk. On the other hand, I do love pulses of all sorts if we're counting them as veg.....perhaps this is also a good place to admit that my very favourite thing in the fruit line is apples which have gone wrinkly and wizened. I love what this does to the taste and the texture! I'm known to leave them specially in the conservatory waiting for this to happen. I've never met anyone else with this weird habit - am I on my own???!

                              1. m
                                maxie Sep 7, 2010 03:19 PM

                                Though I eat more vegetables, I would definitely say I'm a fruit person -- I could live on it in the summer time. This might be because I'm more or less eating the same veggies week in and out. There is some seasonal variation, but a lot is both local and available year round. Except for frozen berries that tide my smoothies over the winter, I'm pretty seasonal with fruit. Once you have repeatedly indulged at peak season, nothing else will do.

                                4 Replies
                                1. re: maxie
                                  Chemicalkinetics Sep 7, 2010 03:52 PM

                                  I know. I were having some decent lychee for like two weeks from Chinatown:


                                  After that, none of the lychee I bought was nearly as good. Some actually was so dried that I wanted to throw them away and we are talking me, a person who drank milk 3 weeks pass its expiration date because he did want to throw it away.

                                  1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                                    buttertart Sep 7, 2010 05:05 PM

                                    Chinatown where? There were really good ones in Manhattan for about 6 weeks this summer. They're still selling them but they're not very good any more.
                                    PS I saw your young ginger in abundance in C-Town this weekend, must be season - you should keep an eye out for it.

                                    1. re: buttertart
                                      Chemicalkinetics Sep 7, 2010 05:24 PM

                                      Nah. I go to the Philly Chinatown, so I doubt there will be young gingers. I will try though. When I was in California, I could easily find young gingers in San Francisco Chinatown, but not in Oakland Chinatown.

                                      You actually had good lychee for 6 weeks? I didn't buy them for the first few weeks when they became available. Then when I bought them, they were pretty good. I bought another batch for the second week, still good. By the third week, it was really bad. I took another chance on the fourth week and it is better than the third week, but not as good as the first two weeks.

                                      1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                                        buttertart Sep 7, 2010 05:37 PM

                                        They can be iffy. If there are several grades I usually buy the middle-priced one.

                                2. jfood Sep 7, 2010 05:39 PM

                                  fruits every time.

                                  1. EWSflash Sep 7, 2010 06:48 PM

                                    Definitely vegetables.

                                    1. Passadumkeg Sep 7, 2010 08:24 PM

                                      Vegetables, w/ the exception of the grape. Barley in my Scotch, potatoes in my vodka, rice in my saki, rye in my Canadian whiskey, corn(and barley malt) in my bourbon and beer/ w/ hops, and caraway in my Aquavit. Oh, yes grapes for my wine.
                                      Is sugar cane a fruit or vegetable?
                                      Cuba libre!

                                      1. BamiaWruz Sep 7, 2010 11:38 PM

                                        I like fruits but the most common fruits like apples and oranges are not to my liking (very picky about grapes too) and the exotic fruits I'm used to are rather expensive so I don't eat as much fruit as I'd like to ...

                                        I buy lots of veg and herbs and I love savoury more than sweet, so I learn towards vegetable.

                                        1. iL Divo Sep 8, 2010 10:40 AM

                                          Born and raised in Santa Monica California all my life means I'm from the land of the fruits and nuts......so I'm not sure about vegetables☺.   

                                          1. babybat Sep 8, 2010 11:57 AM

                                            Veggies, definitely. Partly it's a convenience thing, because I can more easily incorporate them into my main meals, but partly I think it's that I generally prefer savoury to sweet foods. I am trying to eat more fruit, which means remembering to cut it up/pack it for my lunch, but given the choice between some carrot and celery crudites, and a cut up apple or melon, I'd probably still pick the veggies.

                                            1. buttertart Sep 8, 2010 12:06 PM

                                              What's interesting to me is that several people have commented that fruit needs more attention to eat than do vegetables (has to be cut up or otherwise prepared). I think of it in the exact opposite way, vegetables need more fussing over in order to make them interesting to eat. Other than a pineapple or something semi-unusual of that nature.

                                              2 Replies
                                              1. re: buttertart
                                                dct Sep 8, 2010 01:04 PM

                                                Me too! I love both but eat more fruit then veg, because fruit doesn't have to be prepped and cooked. It can just be grabbed. Plus, I can always make room for a piece of fruit at night. I don't get the same urge for some carrots or beans.

                                                1. re: dct
                                                  woodleyparkhound Sep 11, 2010 02:31 PM

                                                  Ditto, dct. Fruit can be grabbed. I eat vegetables because I should, but I can get really fired up about a ripe peach. Swiss chard just doesn't produce the same level of excitement!

                                              2. SweetPhyl Sep 8, 2010 12:09 PM

                                                I love me some veggies, but I REALLY love fruit and usually eat a Fuji apple every day at lunch. I've been known to fight over a peach, have a hard time not eating the berries in the car on the way home from the fruit stand like some folks eat fast food frys and I can' t imagine life without citrus...lemons, oranges, tangerines & grapefruit!

                                                Except for a potato, nothing beats a delicious baked potato.

                                                1. m
                                                  mojoeater Sep 8, 2010 09:04 PM

                                                  I eat beans and spinach more than any other fruit or vegetable. Easy to mix in with meat for burritos, just fine cold in salads, tasty in soups and noodles. I might pack a banana or some baby carrots for lunch, but beans and spinach win out when really cooking. Too often the other fruits and veggies turn bad before we get to them.

                                                  I can eat any veg or fruit off the grill. If it's had some charcoal cooking it, I'm in. And I always keep fruit in the freezer for smoothies. When the bananas we meant to eat get really brown, they go in the freezer. If the store is having a 2 for 1 special on berries, one package gets bagged and frozen. And we always have frozen corn, lima beans and okra.

                                                  1. mariacarmen Sep 8, 2010 10:44 PM

                                                    was always a veggie person - or more like a NON fruit person - but in the last 2 years I've really ramped up the fruit consumption. Pineapples were an obsession last summer, but also strawberries, and cherries. this year it's been peaches, plucots, nectarines, plums. I've always loved mango and papaya. As a kid, i drank orange juice and ate oranges like crazy. I don't know if it's an age thing, because I've never been into sweets, but i crave juicy fruits now. veggies i've always had but they've never been the obsession that say.... bacon... is. although last year i ate broccoli every single day. but that was a weight loss assist. i do love my broccoli. kale sauteed with garlic and chili flakes were a big side last year. beets and cauliflower are faves. LOVE brussel sprouts. and are we counting potatoes? because i could live on a desert island with potatoes alone. so, i'm gonna say i'm both.

                                                    1. l
                                                      lagatta Sep 9, 2010 06:15 AM

                                                      Definitely veg, and unlike some others here, I love bitter, dark-green vegetables. Though I love tomatoes and peppers (sweet and hot) as well, and the onion family is my household god. I do try to eat fruit every day, but out of season it is more a health issue than a pleasure. In season I LOVE our fresh berries, and ripe peaches, as well as pears. I'm allergic to apples - the most common fruit in Québec.

                                                      I don't like sweets at all, except for ripe fruit.

                                                      1. lexuschef Sep 9, 2010 04:22 PM

                                                        With nary a moment of hesitation, veggies! I am definitely a savory/spicy person, and not into desserts or sweet stuff in general. Veg are a perfect vehicle for my taste preferences. I do like some fruits with hot chile and lime, but don't go out of my way for it. Not a fan of sweet stuff for breakfast either or cake or cookies--given the choice, I would pick sauteed chard with garlic, lemon and red pepper flakes, etc., no contest! Hmmmm, I wonder if having a "fire tongue" makes a difference in how sweet tastes are processed....???

                                                        1 Reply
                                                        1. re: lexuschef
                                                          buttertart Sep 9, 2010 04:27 PM

                                                          Don't think so - I am extremely fond of very hot foods and enjoy fruit and sweets as well.

                                                        2. j
                                                          jujuthomas Sep 10, 2010 03:22 AM

                                                          I'm a veggie person I guess. I really like fruit, but like someone else said, it seems a bother to prepare. which is silly, because I"ll steam broccoli for a snack but not cut up an apple or wash some grapes?!?! I am trying to eat more fruit each day, but it's usually 1-2 fruits vs several veg.

                                                          9 Replies
                                                          1. re: jujuthomas
                                                            buttertart Sep 10, 2010 05:51 AM

                                                            It'd be a frosty Friday in July before I'd steam broccoli for a snack. I.e. never. You are a virtuous individual! (Why cut the apple up, people? That's what teeth are for.)

                                                            1. re: buttertart
                                                              Rasam Sep 10, 2010 07:44 AM

                                                              Welcome to the Southern Hemisphere, where you will find many frosty Julys and Augusts :)

                                                              I am also one of those who snacks off leftover sabzi (veggies sauteed with spices) and broc is a great favourite, second only to cauliflower. Leftover spinach? Bring it on!! There are never any leftover roast veggies in my house because people fight to scrape the pan.

                                                              There is no extra virtue in this, it just tastes better (YMMV).

                                                              I also keep a salad bowl of chopped veggies + sprouts with a South Indian tarka (hing, mustard seed, urad dal, curry leaves, dry red chillies all popped in just a tsp of oil then salt and lemon juice) in the fridge, and snack on that at odd times. I add fruit (e.g. pomegranates or chopped sour mango) to that mix, but the veggies are the main attraction. I would MUCH rather snack on this or hummus than anything sweet.

                                                              Apples stick in my teeth when scronched so I definitely prefer them cut up. So does corn on the cob, but the latter is warm, spicy, comforting, and tasty, in a way that apples just aren't (to me). So, I will take trouble for c on c, which I wouldn't for apples (they taste cold and 'thin'' to me).

                                                              So I am inconsistent: I am willing to take trouble with veggies, not with fruit. The former yields much more return in terms of taste and texture than the latter.

                                                              1. re: Rasam
                                                                buttertart Sep 10, 2010 07:49 AM

                                                                Oops, my northern hemisphere chauvinism is showing! If the vegetables I had to snack on were prepared the way you do them, I'd be a happy veggie muncher.

                                                                1. re: Rasam
                                                                  tatamagouche Sep 11, 2010 02:48 PM

                                                                  What's hing? I could look it up but I'd rather hear it from a hound. :)

                                                                  1. re: tatamagouche
                                                                    buttertart Sep 12, 2010 08:03 AM

                                                                    Asafoetida. A delightfully oniony resin that you buy either in lumps and crush or powdered. Not much is used (I've had mine for years).

                                                                    1. re: buttertart
                                                                      tatamagouche Sep 13, 2010 07:35 AM

                                                                      Where do you find it?

                                                                      1. re: tatamagouche
                                                                        buttertart Sep 13, 2010 08:09 AM



                                                                        Any Indian grocery selling spices would have it.

                                                                2. re: buttertart
                                                                  jujuthomas Sep 10, 2010 07:52 AM

                                                                  I cut apples because I have TMJ (sort of arthritis of the jaw) and cannot eat certain things w/o causing a lot of pain after. apples, hard pretzels, really crusty bread... you get the idea

                                                                  I don't know if i'm virtuous... but I am a dedicated Weight Watcher so I don't do my "old" snacks... ie fatty, carby, etc. fortunately, I LOVE broc, zuchinni, green beans... all are usually in my fridge for steaming and snacking. as far as WW goes, they are "free" and filling. salads are also a fave snack.

                                                                  1. re: jujuthomas
                                                                    buttertart Sep 10, 2010 08:06 AM

                                                                    I see. Ouch, sorry to hear that. I should adopt some of your snacking habits.

                                                              2. achefsbest Sep 10, 2010 09:17 AM

                                                                Because it's summer, I'll say I'm more of a fruit person (Cal Red peaches from Frog Hollow!). But when it's cold, I'm a veg person.

                                                                1. a
                                                                  Avalondaughter Sep 10, 2010 12:56 PM

                                                                  Fruit. My entire life I have eaten fruit. I was a picky kid who hated all but 4 vegetables till I was about 10 (raw carrots, raw celery, cucumbers, and iceberg lettuce along with tomato SAUCE and I was on-again off-again with corn). I ate most fruits though. I still buy tons of fruits when I shop, knowing I'll snack on them whenever and wherever. I only buy enogh veggies to accompany dinner.

                                                                  1. p
                                                                    piccola Sep 11, 2010 09:35 AM

                                                                    I eat vast quantities of both.

                                                                    1. tatamagouche Sep 11, 2010 02:47 PM

                                                                      Veggies. I don't know why—maybe it has to do with the necessary accumulation of sugars in fruit?—but it seems to me the quality of vegetables, whether conventionally or organically grown, tends to be more reliable in the US. I get a ripe, good tasting piece of fruit about 20% of the time; the percentage is much higher with veggies.

                                                                      Tomatoes would be an exception—but then, as you point out, tomatoes are botanically a fruit.

                                                                      3 Replies
                                                                      1. re: tatamagouche
                                                                        aurora50 Sep 11, 2010 03:39 PM

                                                                        Definitely veggies for me. I love them, and will eat most any type of vegetable, but I can probably count on one hand, the number of times I eat fruit in one year. No kidding.
                                                                        I know I should eat more fruit, but I don't know what it is - I've never liked fruit. It's sweet, but not the kind of sweet I like - I prefer cakes, cookies, pie, you get the picture. Fruit is too - I don't know - slimy, mushy, wet, acidic, messy - and in the case of things like melons, can have a funky smell that really turns me off. Even strawberries, I had a bad reaction to a few months ago, and I found out from my aunt that she has the same problem - it must be hereditary. Bananas are like cotton in my mouth.
                                                                        I know it would be healthier for me to learn to love at least SOME fruit, but I guess I should feel lucky that I at least get the veggies in.

                                                                        1. re: tatamagouche
                                                                          Rasam Sep 13, 2010 09:32 AM

                                                                          Well, many veggies are botanically fruit (eggplant, zucchini, okra, bell peppers, etc.) but it's an interesting point you raise about the quality of fruit vs veggies.

                                                                          I think that because many veggies are cooked (and even if eaten raw, are often seasoned with stuff like salt or salad dressing), the variations in quality may be disguised - though we can see this variation in tomatoes....

                                                                          1. re: Rasam
                                                                            tatamagouche Sep 13, 2010 11:04 AM

                                                                            Good point.

                                                                        2. Chemicalkinetics Sep 11, 2010 06:34 PM

                                                                          Thanks everyone. I think we have about a 50/50 split on fruits vs vegetables, which mean we have a good representation from both sides.

                                                                          It is very interesting to see all the reasons for your preference. I am a vegetable person, but I must say weather has an effect on me. This hot summer has made I consume more fruits than usual. Cold/cool fruits in summer days are tasty and thirst quenching.

                                                                          1. Kajikit Sep 14, 2010 01:51 PM

                                                                            I don't eat much fresh fruit... If you put it in front of me I'll eat it, but I never choose it of my own accord. I prefer my food cooked to raw. I'll eat frozen vegetables day in and day out.

                                                                            Show Hidden Posts