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This week's poll comes to you courtesy of the Achacha fruit, as recently imported by Mr M&S, which I bought (my normal practice when discovering new foodstuffs, committed as I am to omnomnivory) expecting something bland and dull, novelty driven, probabaly a bit like a lychee. Not a bit of it. The texture is banana-ish but the taste combines the juiciness of lychee with the flavour of sweet lime fizz. Achachas are actually amazing, flavour-wise - though between rind and seed there's not a lot of meat on them.

But I know that not everyone shares my enthusiasm for strange fruit. What about you? Are you a fruit hater or a fruit lover? Are you a strict Northern European fruitist, fond of apple pies and rhubarb crumble, or does your heart belong to the tropics and banana, pineapple, mango and papaya? Answers below and as ever take any issues, tales of strange and glorious fruit experiences, debates about fruits vs. juices and all the rest of the fruit salad to the comments.

Poll #2005579 apples are not the only fruit

The most unusual/bizarre fruit I have eaten is..

Achacha
1(9.1%)
Cucamelon
0(0.0%)
Tejocotes
0(0.0%)
Ugli fruit
1(9.1%)
Durian
1(9.1%)
Dillenia (Elephant Apple)
0(0.0%)
Medlar
0(0.0%)
Custard apple
3(27.3%)
Rambutan
2(18.2%)
Another fruit - I will say which below
3(27.3%)

The weirdest fruit I have ever eaten is... and it tasted like....

When I see a new or unusual fruit for sale...

Fruit is not alluring to me.
2(8.0%)
Fruit is actively dangerous to me for digestive or sugar-content reasons.
2(8.0%)
Not interested, unless it's in a pie.
1(4.0%)
Mild curiosity only. Other foodstuffs are more interesting.
1(4.0%)
I want to know what it's called.
5(20.0%)
I want to know what it tastes like.
6(24.0%)
I buy it immediately, if practical.
2(8.0%)
I buy it immediately whether practical or not.
2(8.0%)
My monkey brain yells get it! sniff it! eat it! FRUIT!!!
2(8.0%)
Has it got a rude name?
2(8.0%)

Fruit is improved by cooking

Yes
2(13.3%)
No
3(20.0%)
Depends on the fruit
8(53.3%)
Depends on the cook
1(6.7%)
Is pastry involved? If so, yes.
1(6.7%)

My least favourite fruit is

Apple - one of the gakky ones
2(13.3%)
Pear - hard? soft? what?
2(13.3%)
Blackcurrants - an acid wash for mouth and stomach!
2(13.3%)
Gooseberries - like little sour exploding hedgehogs
0(0.0%)
Kiwi Fruits - incredible hulk coloured furry balls
3(20.0%)
Plums - the squidgy wasp attractor
0(0.0%)
Melon - especially that white one which tastes of nothing
1(6.7%)
Lychees - eyeballs eyeballs eyeballs
4(26.7%)
Anything sold as an exciting new fruit
0(0.0%)
Dates
1(6.7%)

I can't believe you didn't include my least favourite fruit in that list, which is

I can't believe you included my FAVOURITE fruit in that list, which is

Fruit makes me feel

Fruity fruity fruity fruity froot!
7(25.9%)
Sugar buzz!
2(7.4%)
Mouf ulcrs
1(3.7%)
Healthy!
7(25.9%)
Unhealthy
1(3.7%)
Toot toot
1(3.7%)
Thblphargleffffrt
3(11.1%)
Bored
2(7.4%)
Virtuous
2(7.4%)
I was terrified by fruit as a child you insensitive clod
1(3.7%)

I like fruit so much I have grown it myself! I've grown

I kind of inherited an apple, pear, plum or cherry tree
3(15.0%)
I totally planted a fruit tree! I'll say what below.
3(15.0%)
I've got raspberries, loganberries, blackberries, or other drupes
5(25.0%)
I grow currants (of any colour)
3(15.0%)
I've got a gooseberry bush!
2(10.0%)
I've got a fearsome clump of Rhubarb
0(0.0%)
I grow fancy berries like Blueberries, goji berries, cloud berries
1(5.0%)
I grow citrus! Respect my ability to defy the climate!
1(5.0%)
I grow exotic fruits like banana, passion fruit or kiwi
0(0.0%)
I grow another fruit, and will say what below
2(10.0%)

Respect my fruit growing skills! For I have grown... (insert your most impressive fruit here)

And last, but not least, if you had to choose, what would be your only fruit?

Comments

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motodraconis
27th Mar, 2015 09:27 (UTC)
Actually, my one and only fruit would have to be lemons. I drink the juice in fizzy water as my fruit juice thirst quencher.

I'm hoping to plant gooseberries this year, I planted red and green last year (cheap from the pound shop) but they died. :( The pound shop loganberry and red and blackcurrents are doing fine though. I've grown rhubarb from seed and would like to establish a rhubarb emplacement in the garden as it is a handy early and easy fruit - just haven't had the energy or proper covered light area to grow from seed in my new house.

I am a HUGE fruit tree fan, and plant fruit trees in every house I've lived in. (And then end up leaving before they're big enough to be enjoyed.) As you know, I inherited the weirdapple in the new place (alas, no fruit last year) and have added a summer apple, a winter apple, a purple plum and an apricot. They're all a bit twiggy and small, so again, it'll be years before I'll get the benefit, but I was impressed by the single perfect apricot I got last year. They taste amazing when picked direct from the tree at perfect ripeness.

The fruit I really want to try is that berry that makes you taste sour things (such as lemons) as sweet. If you know where to get these, let me know!

Oh, and medlars, I've never had a chance to eat a properly rotted medlar.

And speaking of lemons, I've tried Iranian sweet lemons, which you can eat like you would eat an orange. They sell them down the road. The taste is nothing exceptional, but a tempting fruit to take and eat semi-obviously at work so see if I'd freak anyone out.


Edited at 2015-03-27 18:07 (UTC)
cleanskies
29th Mar, 2015 22:43 (UTC)
Sweet lemons sound interesting!

The magic berry (Miracle Fruit (Synsepalum dulcificum)) looks a bit unobtanium at as fruit - although the pills and powder versions are easily available (it's taken for diets etc.)
miss_newham
27th Mar, 2015 10:16 (UTC)
I am now questioning whether I actually like fruit at all. I thought I did, but I'm struggling to name any that I like! They are definitely good in cakes though.
cleanskies
27th Mar, 2015 19:16 (UTC)
this shall be my new motto!
Fruit: good in cakes
celestialweasel
27th Mar, 2015 10:52 (UTC)
I think we may have had this conversation before, but my feeling is that many of the exotic fruits suffer from
a) not tasting of much
and/or
b) being somehow unappealing due to being mostly pip or stone or skin.
Star fruit comes particularly to mind as suffering from both.

I am a big fan of lychees though the season (when they appear at the market anyway) is short. Also honey mangoes (i.e. the Pakistani mangoes not the African ones), but they didn't turn up last year - some sort of disease according to the bloke at the market (with free bonus racist anecdote).
cleanskies
27th Mar, 2015 19:15 (UTC)
Wasn't Mirage star fruit flavoured?
I'd forgotten entirely about star fruit. Not good for much as I recall. I think of it as a bit late 80s, like Kiwi Fruit. A fruit that has fallen out of fashion
jinty
27th Mar, 2015 21:57 (UTC)
The best thing about star fruit is its name. Star fruit is a good name anyway, and in Portuguese it's called carambola, which is somehow even better. The fruit itself is tasteless and astringent but the name: cool.
jinty
27th Mar, 2015 12:14 (UTC)
We used to be able to pick jabuticabas off the tree in Brazil, though I overdosed on them slightly and now am less keen. Not something that Mr M&S has started to import yet. They are like cherries with a tougher skin, and I think the flesh is white but I can't quite remember now.
cleanskies
27th Mar, 2015 19:13 (UTC)
Oh wow! and they grow direct from the trunk! How strange!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jabuticaba
motodraconis
27th Mar, 2015 20:02 (UTC)
Aaargh! They're so creepy and disturbing!

Must taste!
jinty
27th Mar, 2015 22:00 (UTC)
I must admit I can't remember them being quite as weird-seeming when I was a kid. Maybe I took them for granted.
motodraconis
27th Mar, 2015 17:57 (UTC)
Not forgetting the guy who lives over my dad's office. I know for a fact he's especially fond of bananas, apples and oranges.
cleanskies
27th Mar, 2015 19:12 (UTC)
avoid/delete
He did come to mind while I was writing the quiz, but in the end I avoided/deleted the crack at him.
motodraconis
27th Mar, 2015 19:57 (UTC)
Re: avoid/delete
Hur... I'd not have minded. Ya gorra laff.
surliminal
2nd Apr, 2015 01:30 (UTC)
actually now everyone mentions it , I couldnt cook without lemons and limes. But the only fruit I actively enjoy as fruit are soft fruit mostly - tho oin hot countries, soft sweet pears and peaches and apricots become very appealing. But the curse of the West of Scotland is not really being brought up to belive in fruit as food rather than slightly softer lumps of wood. Despite thiss, my dad grew blackcurrants, plums, damsons, rhubarb and gooseberries and I still feel very aggrieved at being asked to pay real monsy for any of these, esp rhubarb which is obv a weed! Crumbles are natures way of getting fruit into Scots...
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