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.
The most unusual/bizarre fruit I have eaten is..
Dillenia (Elephant Apple)
Another fruit - I will say which below
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.
Fruit is actively dangerous to me for digestive or sugar-content reasons.
Not interested, unless it's in a pie.
Mild curiosity only. Other foodstuffs are more interesting.
I want to know what it's called.
I want to know what it tastes like.
I buy it immediately, if practical.
I buy it immediately whether practical or not.
My monkey brain yells get it! sniff it! eat it! FRUIT!!!
Has it got a rude name?
Fruit is improved by cooking
Depends on the fruit
Depends on the cook
Is pastry involved? If so, yes.
My least favourite fruit is
Apple - one of the gakky ones
Pear - hard? soft? what?
Blackcurrants - an acid wash for mouth and stomach!
Gooseberries - like little sour exploding hedgehogs
Kiwi Fruits - incredible hulk coloured furry balls
Plums - the squidgy wasp attractor
Melon - especially that white one which tastes of nothing
Lychees - eyeballs eyeballs eyeballs
Anything sold as an exciting new fruit
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!
I was terrified by fruit as a child you insensitive clod
I like fruit so much I have grown it myself! I've grown
I kind of inherited an apple, pear, plum or cherry tree
I totally planted a fruit tree! I'll say what below.
I've got raspberries, loganberries, blackberries, or other drupes
I grow currants (of any colour)
I've got a gooseberry bush!
I've got a fearsome clump of Rhubarb
I grow fancy berries like Blueberries, goji berries, cloud berries
I grow citrus! Respect my ability to defy the climate!
I grow exotic fruits like banana, passion fruit or kiwi
I grow another fruit, and will say what below
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?