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Why are frozen apples so unpopular?

ginbuw63 Feb 24, 2014 10:14 AM

I see frozen berries, pineapples, mangoes, and bananas in stores, but I've never seen frozen apples, oranges, or grapes. Any idea why these fruits get passed over? I feel like they would freeze really well (especially the grapes).

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    ohmyyum Feb 24, 2014 10:51 AM

    Grapes are so easy to DIY. Oranges get icy. Apples get mealy when thawed. Also grapes, oranges, and apples are readily available year round and travel well. Berries have a shorter growing season and are extremely perishable. Pineapples and mangoes are annoying to cut up. Berries and tropical fruit are often used in frozen applications such as smoothies-- apples, not so much. Those would be my guesses.

    1. ipsedixit Feb 24, 2014 11:02 AM

      Because you can get apples, fresh, year round.

      By the way, you see frozen bananas? Like in the peel, or unpeeled?

      And, I'm assuming when you say frozen bananas you mean the kind that's not on a stick, covered in chocolate and sprinkled with nuts, right?

      I don't think I've ever seen regular old frozen bananas for sale (the non chocolate dipped kind anyway, in fact, I don't think I've ever seen chocolate dipped bananas for sale at the market ... I kinda wish I did.)

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      1. re: ipsedixit
        greygarious Feb 24, 2014 11:14 AM

        Trader Joe's has chocolate-dipped frozen banana slices. Really good, but simple and lots cheaper to make at home.

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          tcamp Feb 24, 2014 01:39 PM

          I wish you hadn't mentioned that.

        2. re: ipsedixit
          treb Feb 24, 2014 03:44 PM

          Costco has frozen chocolate covered banana slices, about an inch thick. No hoarding!

          1. re: treb
            ipsedixit Feb 24, 2014 03:50 PM

            It's not fun eating them like they're chips.

            Part of the allure is having them on a stick, and chomping away.

            It's what makes Popsicles just a little different (maybe even special?) than just a cup of Italian Ice or 7-Eleven Slurpee.

          2. re: ipsedixit
            fldhkybnva Feb 24, 2014 05:50 PM

            Frozen bananas make a great frozen whipped dessert.

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            julesrules Feb 24, 2014 11:07 AM

            I've seen frozen grapes, but thought that was really weird for all the reasons ohmyyum mentioned. In fact I think they are off the market now.

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              DebinIndiana Feb 24, 2014 05:53 PM

              I freeze applesauce, and my favorite way to eat it is partially thawed.

              1. KarenDW Feb 24, 2014 06:16 PM

                Frozen sliced apples are available at restaurant supply places.
                For home use, I freeze my own.

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                1. re: KarenDW
                  ohmyyum Feb 24, 2014 06:18 PM

                  To then eat as fresh or to cook/bake with?

                  1. re: ohmyyum
                    KarenDW Feb 24, 2014 08:51 PM

                    Only for cooking/baking.
                    I'm not very fond of fresh apples "out of hand". I also dry apples, in season. Yes; there is seasonality to apples. But with contemporary storage and distribution, a few varieties (maybe 12 retail varieties, out of over 100+ varieties still grown) are available year 'round.

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                  tastesgoodwhatisit Feb 24, 2014 06:43 PM

                  I suspect it's largely because you can buy fresh, good quality ones at any time of year in the grocery store, and partly the loss of quality from freezing. Plus, oranges and grapes are mainly eaten fresh, rather than being used in baking or things like smoothies.

                  For the mangoes, pineapples or berries you're dealing with foods that either aren't very good in their fresh versions (if they don't grow locally), or are very seasonal, like berries. Plus, they can be used in baking and smoothies, rather than just being thawed and eaten.

                  From personal observation, the difference in quality between an imported apple and a local apple is much smaller than the difference between an imported mango or pineapple and a local one. For mangoes, it's enough of a difference that local shaved ice shops tend to only sell mango shaved ice in season, and take it off the menu the rest of the year.

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                    nedh Feb 25, 2014 10:21 AM

                    Frozen grapes are wonderful. I'm actually surprised they aren't available in the freezer aisle.

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