Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Ask the Internet: Top 5 Fruits?

Sweet readers! The results of last week’s Top 5 Vegetables inquiry are coming a little later today. (Hint: Celery does much worse than expected.) In the meantime, we had a few requests for this follow-up question, which could be even tougher to answer.

Q: What are your top five favorite fruits, and why?

A: Mine, in order:
  1. Cherries. I fear death as a concept in general, but mostly because I wouldn’t get to eat cherries anymore.
  2. Pluots. I don’t particularly like apricots, but this plum/apricot hybrid is a genetic anomaly I can get behind.
  3. Plums. There's nothing more satisfying than digging into a cold, juicy plum on a hot summer’s day. William Carlos Williams was right on.
  4. Bananas. Portable, cheap, and packed with potassium, they're the reliable utility outfielders of the fruit world.
  5. Lemons: You can’t eat them by themselves, but they brighten up so many savory dishes, I can’t imagine cooking without them. Also? Lemonade. BAM.
Mangoes, blueberries, limes, and a really good pear just miss my top tier, and cantaloupe, kiwi, and apricots are way at the bottom.

Readers, what about you? Keep in mind we’re going with the conventional idea of fruits here, which means no tomatoes. And again, look for those veggie results later today.

Want to ask the interweb a question? Post one in the comment section, or write to Cheaphealthygood@gmail.com. Then, tune in next Tuesday for an answer/several answers from the good people of the World Wide Net.

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Hillbilly Betty / Waylon Aussies said...

1) Apples - but only tart ones. Golden and Red Delicious would be on the bottom of my list - ick.

2) Pineapple - I <3 Pineapple, but alas have not eaten it in nearly a year since I went on a low glycemic diet. Cue sad trombone.

3) Peaches - love peaches in everything, even use fresh peaches in my salsa every summer

4) Raspberries. Yum.

5) Rhubarb. My mother had a rhubarb patch and each summer we anticipated harvesting it for her fabulous rhubarb crisp and stewed rhubarb over vanilla ice cream..

Bottom of the list - mushy sweet apples, melon of any sort

Jaime said...

Amen on the pluots and plums! They're like explosions of floral sweetness. Okay, my list. (This is hard.)

1. Plums and pluots. (Counting them as one because, at most, they're one and a half. Right? Sure.)
2. Mangoes. Similar to plums and pluots, they've got a complex flavor that I love.
3. Raspberries. When they're good, oh my goodness. Also, I grew up with my grandfather's raspberry syrups and preserves, which are like raspberry concentrate. The best.
4. Watermelon.
5. Bananas. Smoothies, freezer ice cream, Bananas Foster. Mmmmm.

Olivia said...

Strawberries have always been my absolute favorite - fond memories of eating them by the handful, fresh from the farmstand.
Mango I only discovered a few years ago (isn't it weird how a food can just not exist for you as a child if you're parents don't like it?), but mmm! Instant fav.
Apples are about the most versatile fruit grown in the US. Apples to eat, apples to bake into pie, apples to pan fry...
Lime or at least limeade and other lime-flavored things.
Blackberries The fifth was the hardest here, but they are one of my favorites, with the caveat that most of the blackberries I've eaten have been wild. I rarely bother buying them at the store, b/c those are entirely different.

Edward Antrobus said...

1) Pears. For me, heaven is a soft, juicy, overripe pear.
2) Raisins. Funny, I'm not a big fan of grapes, but I love raisins.
3) Cranberries. Maybe I'm biased because because I had a small college scholarship from Ocean Spray.
4) Honeydew. Best. Melon. Ever.
5) Bananas. I had never eaten a banana until about 3 years ago. I hate "banana-flavored" candies and so always assumed that I wouldn't like the actual fruit. A friend finally convinced me to try one and I discovered that the flavor of bananas don't taste anything like "banana flavor"

Staci said...

Great question! It is so hard to choose. I love fruit.

1) Strawberries
2) Oranges
3) Passionfruit (esp. the juice... oh goodness)
4) Pineapple
5) Blackberries

Unfortunately, none of those are in my kitchen right now. Looks like it is time for a lunch time trip to the grocery store!

a said...

CAVEAT - I used to live in Brazil, and so that has changed my worldview on fruit and life.

1. PASSION FRUIT - yes it looks like fish eyes or frog eggs, but its tart and perfumed and perfect
2. PEACH - when its in season and good, there is nothing better
3. BANANA - delicious on its own, or mash it into cornbreads, cakes, muffins, anything (and while CHIQUITA genome dominates banana life here, in brasil theres something like 30 varieties and they're all delish in their own way)
4. ACAI - i know its already becoming a fad here, but the juice joints mix it with so much other crap u cant even taste it. Its super perishable and never leaves the amazon except frozen - in brasil u get this frozen pulp usually blended with a lil banana and guarana syrup, topped with sliced strawberries or banana and a lil granola... its texture is somehwere between pudding and sorbet, its flavor somewhere between blueberries, earth, and chocolate...
5. PITANGA - a little red dradle shaped amazonian fruit, you can't even get it all over brasil, but when you juice it is so ZINGY and fresh and tart and wonderful. (Bonus: google CAMILA PITANGA, perhaps the most beautiful woman alive - Salma Hayek and Padma Lakshmi, ur perfect too)

Honorable Mentions:
granny smith apple
green coconut
cherries (i'm known to eat 5 lbs in a sitting)

Annie Jones said...

1. Peaches
2. Strawberries
3. Blackberries
4. Raspberries
5. Pears

MS said...

Another tough one, though perhaps not as tough as the veggies one. My list:
1. Lychee
2. Cherries
3. Watermelon
4. Raspberries
5. Blueberries

Followed closely by strawberries, apples, and bananas. Hmm. Now I'm craving fruit salad.

LibertyJB & Now E said...



For some reason fruits are harder than veggies.

Kimberly said...

1. Bananas-- Delicious plain, or baked with chocolate, fried, or frozen. And in a handy travel container!

2. Blueberries-- I've been on a kick lately. Great in smoothies or plain yogurt.

3. Strawberries-- Small, juicy ones, not the taste-deprived behemoths at most grocery stores.

4. Kiwi-- So flavorful, and I like the texture of the little black seeds.

5. Cantaloupe-- delicious and yummy!

Blackberries, pomegranates, cherries, and plums are also favorites. In fact, I like most fruit...

mollyjade said...

For some reason, the fruit list is easier to make than the veggie one.

1. Pears
2. Asian pears
3. Mangos
4. Limes
5. pineapple

Diane said...

Sadly, I'm not the biggest fruit fan. But I do like some. I guess my favorites are:

1. Apples - a great stand-by for baking, and eating plain or with PB.
2. Mangoes - I buy flats of these at the local super-Asian-mart and consume with gusto.
3. Pluots - I like them better than plums.
4. Pineapple - Have it cut up in the fridge most of the time for snacks.
5. Persimmon - but only the fuya kind, not the mushy Hacchiya which would be at the bottom of my fruit list.

Kristin said...

1. Blueberries -- I buy them frozen and add to my cereal every morning.
2. Apples -- I buy these organic by the bag whenever they go on sale (at which point they usually cost no more than the non-organic). I can't eat the raw peel anymore, but they're also great stewed or added to anything with oatmeal.
3. Bananas -- These are a cheap and easy source of daily potassium.
4. Oranges -- Great whole (in season) or from frozen juice concentrate (by far the cheapest source for orange juice).
5. Cherries -- These are my guilty please every summer. They aren't cheap but they're worth a splurge.

Muchadoaboutnothing said...

I'm not a big fruit eater but these are my faves:
1. cherries, especially Ranier cherries
2. strawberries
3. honeydew/cantaloupe
4. bananas
5. nectarines

Melis said...

1. Berries (Raspberries, Strawberries, Blackberries)
2. Peaches
3. Pineapple
4. Bananas
5. Pomegranates

I had a really hard time with this, especially #4 and 5, which kept switching between the current choices and cherries, apples, and melon-all kinds.

Autumn said...

1. Nice fresh crisp apples. Can't wait for the sweetango to hit the market this year (a new hybrid developed here in MN) but honeycrisps, pink ladys, galas are all yummy too

2. Raspberries

3. Kiwi, great fresh, try grilling them for desert with a bit of balsamic!

4. Mango, so good in salsas, on top of savory dishes to cool the heat that I can go overboard on, just plain, with yogurt

5. Clementines, they are so portable and smell so good when opened and taste so fresh. They also survive remarkable well in my purse

Honorable mention: pineapple, blueberries, grapes (where does vino come from?) nice fresh strawberries, or strawberries from the sangria pitcher (see grapes!) lemons/limes for their flavor enhancing profiles

Grapefruit is probably the only thing on my evil fruit list

bakingwhims said...

My favorites:

1. Grapes
2. Kiwi
3. Clementines
4. Bananas
5. Apples

I am not a fan of cantaloupe, watermelon, or blueberries.

Rachel said...

1. Mangoes - especially in Brazil.
2. Bananas - cheap, healthy, AND good.
3. Blueberries - too healthy to not be mentioned.
4. Dates - Nature's candy.
5. Grapefruit - SO refreshing.

Mariaa said...

1. Grapefruit - my favorite citrus fruit - surprised it hasn't gotten much love so far :(
2. Nectarines - the goodness of peaches without the fuzzy skin
3. Strawberries - I wish strawberry season could last forever
4. Bananas - can't live without 'em
5. Cranberries - but mostly in juice, sauce, or dried form

Honorable mention: any other citrus fruit, mango, cantaloupe (when it's perfectly ripe and juicy)

Zom G. said...

Why are you so cruel!? Fruits are my #1 favorite of all time. Sigh. I suppose there is kindness in making me find clarity. Here we go, in no particular order (full & perfect ripeness is a given):

1) Pineapple
2) Cherries
3) Mangoes
4) Blueberries
5) Strawberries

Moises R. [Moses] said...

Here, my favorite fruit, in order:
1) Watermelon - [Sandía]
2) Tangerines - [Mandarina]
3) Medlar - [Níspero]
4) Pacay
5) Papaya
6) Pineapple - [Piña]
7) Apple - [Manzana]
8) Soursop, Cherimoya - [Guanábana, Chirimoya]
9) Peaches - [Durazno, melocotón]
10) Passion fruit - [Granadilla]
11) Plums - [Ciruela]

Nice website.
Greetings of Perú with love!

Anna N said...

SO MUCH HARDER than the veggie question!

1. Black raspberries: my favorite because they grow wild in upstate NY where I'm from, and because they're rarely sold anywhere so I savor the ones I get.
2. Mango
3. Peaches
4. Raspberries
5. Blueberries

Followed by in-season apples of all kinds (except red delicious), guava, cherries, pluots, coconut, and really I just like them all.

Susan said...

1. Raspberries - with a special love for goldens.

2. Blackberries

3. Peaches

4. Grapes

5. Bananas

Becca said...

1) fresh pineapple.. number one by far
2) oranges
3) apples - pink ladies and golden delicious
4) strawberries
5) Maine blueberries (not the flavorless southern variety)

honorable mention: bananas, other berries, and the south american guanabana

bottom of the list: melons (taste like diluted koolaid!), grapefruit, plums

Anonymous said...

1. Peaches
2. Papaya (with lime)
3. Blueberries
4. Apples (crisp and tart)
5. Bananas
.....and just about any other fruit on God's green earth!

Sara said...

Not as much of a fruit person, but...

1. Plantains
2. Raspberries
3. Bananas
4. Blackberries
5. Pineapple

I think.

Sara said...

No wait! Swap out pineapple for clementines instead.

CJ said...

Fresh pineapple

Ashlee said...


Hannah Packman said...

1. Apples.
2. Mango.
3. Grapefruit.
4. Blackberries.
5. Pomegranate.

I'm quite fond of most fruit, really, except papaya. That stuff tastes like butt.

Jenny said...

1. Watermelon-it reminds me of childhood.
2. Pineapple-I love how sweet it is!
3. Bananas-cheap and good, especially with peanut butter.
4. Apples-Gala is my #1 pick in this category and I like how easy they are to take places.
5. Grapes-I just like them.

spotter77 said...

This was hard for me, too--I like 'em all!

1. Apples--particularly since I live in St. Louis, where it is unexpectedly fiendishly difficult to find a good apple, even in season (I'm a Michigan native, and we actually do some really fantastic apples up there).

2. Blueberries. Particularly when I've just picked them, though I like 'em frozen, too.

3. Mangoes. My first mango-eating experience was messy, juicy, and absolutely glorious.

4. Watermelon.

5. Chirimoyas, also called custard apples. I haven't found a good one in years, literally (living in the Midwest and all), but they're sweet, creamy, and amazing.

(In response to a previous poster, I suspect grapefruit's not getting a lot of love because it's not in season now and hasn't been for a while. Come January, though, I think a lot of us might change our tune. Too bad we can't split them by seasons...) :)

Anna said...

Yum. This was a much harder list.

And my husband's:

laurel said...

I don't see how I can possibly pick only 5. I am pretty sure I could be a fruitarian :)
1. Blueberries
2. Cherries
3. PIneapple
4. Apples
5. Grapes

But I pretty much adore every other fruit on the planet too, except for cantaloupe and honey dew, blech.

Julie said...


Tammy said...

I like lemons. I eat lemon wedges. I think I ate most of a lemon today at the all you care to eat restaurant. My favorite fruits otherwise are blueberries, strawberries, cherries and bananas.

Juno said...

1] raspberries. Fresh or frozen, I never get tired of them.
2] melon = summer
3] tart apples, like Gala and Fuji
4] strawberries when in season
5] peach, but only eaten right off the tree. Truly ripe peaches don't travel well.

Anonymous said...

Wow, tough one, 'cause there are so many to love! And lots I didn't know existed until I lived in Asia.

1. Cherries (had cherry trees growing up and can't get enough of these!
2. Blueberries
3. Blackberries
4. Mangosteen - something you won't find in the West much, but absolutely amazing flavor. Called the Queen of Fruit in Malaysia.
5. Mango

Honorable mention: peaches, watermelon and pineapple

Least favorite: papaya, and other melons

Anonymous said...

1 - Watermelon

2 - Pineapple

3 - Strawberries

4 - Pears

5 - Clementines

This was tough though, because I like pretty much any fruit, except bananas!

Libby said...

this one isn't as hard b/c i'm not nearly as big on fruit as i am on veggies. a lot of fruits are just too sweet for me, but these are my favs:

1. apples, esp. gala
2. lemons, because they are such an important part of so many meals i cook at home
3. grapefruit
4. watermelon
5. cantaloupe

Anonymous said...

Changes with the seasons, based on what I can get within Europe, but here are the top five:

1) Black raspberries - like another post, I grew up eating them wild, and now only get them when I visit home.

2) Grapes - for two glorious weeks, my snack of choice.

3) Apples - perfect raw, in pies, crumbles...

4) Pomegranates - they're just so gorgeous to look at, too!

5) Mandarins/Oranges - eaten in December in Italy (yay for the boyfriend) from his family's tree. Citrus doesn't get better than this.

Oddly, the most frequently purchased fruit here is bananas, because he eats at least one every day. I can't stand them.

Ashley Daoust said...

ooh, me, my turn!

1. blueberries
2. strawberries
3. bananas
4. peaches
5. watermelon

honorable mentions: pineapple, not-green apples, kiwi


Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

1. raspberries
2. blueberries
3. cherries
4. banana
5. grapefruit

i just realized there are so many delicious fruits i've only tried in liquid form. i need to buy some guava, passion fruit & mangoes!

Laura said...

1 Strawberries
2 Nectarines
3 Blueberries
4 Bananas
5 Raspberries

Mmm... And almost any other fruit that's just ripe enough and in season. :)

Megan said...

1) Canteloupe: the very taste of summer.

2) Bananas: tasty, portable, cheap, make good bread.

3) Apples: crunchy and satisfying.

4) Cherries: I just rediscovered them as an adult, and it was love at first bite.

5) Apricots: so small you can tuck them in the palm of your hand, so sweet the juice runs through your fingers, and yet almost too fuzzy-cute to eat...

VivZilla! said...

-honeydew melon.