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Aug 4, 2011 07:58 AM

Edible Arrangements disgust me...anyone else?


I love fresh fruit. I love fruit on skewers. What I do not love is knowing that on the way to the cute little pineapple, someone's unwashed hand brushed against the wet melon that I might have eaten, were I so inclined. I find the idea of such handled food so nasty that I actually feel queasy when I see one of those edible arrangements at a party. I can't be the only one.

And yes, it is different from other people handling dry things, like chips or canapes, at least in my head. It's the wetness factor that icks me.

  1. I am with you! Creeps me out and they are soooo tacky!

    1. Aesthetic/hygenic concerns aside, they're spectacularly poor value. I feel for anyone dumb enough to sucker for them.

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      1. re: Kagemusha

        Agree. I'm always flabbergasted by the outrageous prices.

        1. re: pine time

          Getting flowers or fruit delivered is not about economy. It's when you care enough to send something that you don't want to be bothered with selecting or preparing - or delivering. You can easily replicate a $50 flower delivery or fruit arrangement for $12 (or less) if you want to go through the trouble of shopping, cutting, arranging and delivery.

          1. re: ferret

            Yeah, and you could make all your family's clothes if you just bought some fabric, needle and thread. I guess most folks "don't want to be bothered."

            1. re: ferret

              It's also the quintessential empty gesture.

              1. re: Kagemusha

                When my wife received a gift of fruit from our son who lives in Shanghai, you try telling her it's an empty gesture.

                1. re: PeterL

                  It isn't an empty gesture, they just think it is.

                  I've never forgotten the boy from India who gave me an entire crate of mangoes. Oh, I ate every one with my heart filled with glee! That must have been twenty years ago.

                  Personally, I don't care for those edible arrangements but that is just my opinion. I'd still be accepting of the gesture if I received one as a gift.

                  Edit: at least twenty-five years ago.

                2. re: Kagemusha

                  Not necessarily, kagemusha. I live in CA. My uncle, who lives in CT, just turned 103. What else is there other than the fruit? He can't eat flowers or a plant. I can't make something and bring it to him. Any suggestions for his 104th?

                  1. re: mucho gordo

                    I think sending one would be a lovely gesture. Sometimes the elderly have a hard time biting into whole fruits and their knife skills may be shaky. It also offers him something to share with any well wishers who may come by. The precut fruit makes a nice presentation and is easy to eat. I have sent them to a family's home in lieu of funeral flowers(when I do not live near enough to bring something personally). When people bring food to a grieving family, it is often casseroles, meats, etc. The fruit has been appreciated, the presention was cheery and it has generally been more popular than a basket of whole fruit. Just my experience.

                3. re: ferret

                  Somehow I can't equate the edible arrangement with the flower arrangement. Send me a flower arrangement, or send me a basket of amazing fruit.

                  Or chocolates. I'll take chocolates too.

                    1. re: ferret

                      It's when you care enough to send something that you don't want to be bothered with selecting or preparing

                      Oxymoron statement. If you actually CARED and wanted to be bothered - you'd pick something different. As Kagemusha said - a totally empty gesture. A gorgeously arranged flower arrangement (or even a bunch of wildflowers) means a lot more to me than fruit on a stick.

                      1. re: LindaWhit

                        That's just personal preference. Our office gets both from clients fairly regularly and the fruit is far better received here.

                        1. re: ferret

                          Yes, that's been my experience when I've seen them delivered, or I never would have thought to send them. I've sent them twice, both to medical offices where I knew a number of folks would be sharing them over a a couple of shifts... places where they'd gone above and beyond normal effort to be of assistance to me. They were very enthusiastically received, as have the baked goods and chocolates, also not homemade, that I've brought in during visits.

                          1. re: ferret

                            I'm guessing offices are probably the number one place to deliver edible arrangements. They're less likely to go to waste than at a party, where there are other competing food choices. And most offices don't have that many options for free healthy food. As unpleasant as those things are to me, they are healthy at least.

                            1. re: ferret

                              I find the fruit to be lacking in flavor. One reason is that the fruit must be firm enough to be cut into the flower shapes and firm enough to hold up to delivery. Bottom line, the fruit lacks flavor.

                              1. re: scubadoo97

                                We've seen in this thread that's not universally true. Must vary by franchisee, because the few I've tasted have been ripe and sweet, and others have said the same.

                                1. re: mcf

                                  Maybe you get better fruit in NY. I can only talk about personal experience with the product

                                  1. re: scubadoo97

                                    I think folks from various areas have reported better fruit. I suspect it depends upon the individual franchisee's quality control. I haven't bought arrangements in all of NY, btw, only one small area of Lawn Guyland.

                            2. re: LindaWhit

                              So you're thinking about what you want, not about how intended recipients feel... have you ever been in a place where a delivery has been received? It's really a bit of a spectacle, people are charmed by them. They're not elegant, they're not gourmet, but that's how they're received, in my observation.

                              1. re: mcf

                                I would receive them nicely, as they *are* a gift. They are just not my preference. And anyone who *knows* me would also know that. So anyone who cared about me would also know that if they wanted to cheer me up or whatever the reason, an Edible Arrangement is not the way to go.

                                1. re: mcf

                                  My sister sent my one of their arrangements, in a nice porcelain vase that now holds my dishwashing utensils, and a bunch of chocolate covered strawberries. Perhaps the same franchise as you mcf, because it was delicious. I never thought to complain. A one time deal, but I still have the vase by my kitchen sink to remind me of my sister and her thoughtfulness.

                                2. re: LindaWhit

                                  When you care enough....send me a bottle of vodka!

                                    1. re: bermudagourmetgoddess

                                      When you care enough to send the very best....some fresh Indian River grapefruits and a bottle of Tony's vodka.

                                  1. re: ferret

                                    Kind of tough for my son who lives in Shanghai to do all that and deliver it to his mother in the US.

                              2. I agree that they're tacky. But I think it's the wastefulness of their creation that bothers me most.

                                1. I'm appalled by the poor quality of the fruit and chocolate they use. And the ones I've "experienced" have been extremely unripe. Tasteless. Ugh.

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                                  1. re: ChefJune

                                    +1 to what ChefJune said. I was at an outdoor wedding where instead of flowers, the center pieces were those edible fruit was a while ago and I thought "what a cute idea" and then I had a piece of the fruit... Tasteless is the first thing that came to mind

                                  2. my sister once ordered a veggie tray from them, one of the sections was sliced radish - about a pound of sliced radish - really??? How many people eat radish with dip? It was so odd.

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                                    1. re: pitagirl

                                      ... it's just like salad dressing. and I know folks that eat them with just a dash of salt.

                                      1. re: Chowrin

                                        Utterly off topic, but radishes do in fact make a terrific salt delivery system.

                                      2. re: pitagirl

                                        My wife, for one. Radishes are a snacking item for many.

                                        1. re: ferret

                                          I can eat a LOT of radishes. Enough that my mouth is burning, and I sometimes keep going. And yes, they are great with salt, though I usually go without.

                                          1. re: debbiel

                                            even better, try them with salt and a bit of butter!

                                            1. re: susancinsf

                                              OH yes, I do also love them with salt and butter. And sometimes with salt and butter as a sandwich.

                                        2. re: pitagirl

                                          I love radish with nothing on it, never thought it was uncommon to wash oneself a bowl of radish and munch on them.

                                          1. re: pitagirl

                                            We love them , grow them and enjoy them when they are in season.