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August 17, 2014: My Top 10 Most Disliked Fruit!

#10. Candied Fruit

Okay, not really a fruit per se, but I include it at number 10 to round out the list – and because my grandmother would always serve us these when we were kids and I always hated them.  Tooth-achingly cloying with a weirdly textured “rind” possessed of an almost inorganic quality.

August 17, 2014: My Top 10 Most Disliked Fruit!

#9 Cantaloupe

I actually like the taste, but I it makes the list because I always experience a weird reaction whenever I eat one.  It always feels as tough a thousand tiny scalpels have been taken to the roof of my mouth.  Guess I’m mildly allergic.  Not that big a deal as it’s not a flavor I crave.  At least it’s better than being (in the words of many of today’s youth) “lack toast intolerant”.

August 17, 2014: My Top 10 Most Disliked Fruit!

#8. Honey Dew Melon

Elicits the same physical reaction as cantaloupe, but minus the deliciousness.  A mainstay of every fruit platter ever served, it’s always just-not-quite-ripe.

August 17, 2014: My Top 10 Most Disliked Fruit!

#7. Currants

They’re always adorning otherwise tasty desserts, like needy wingmen accompanying handsome friends.

August 17, 2014: My Top 10 Most Disliked Fruit!

#6. Blackberries

Blackberries will find their way off this list and onto my Top 10 Favorites the day someone finds a way to produce a blackberry free of those annoying little seeds that get stuck between your teeth that you keep spitting out for hours after.

August 17, 2014: My Top 10 Most Disliked Fruit!

#5. Passion Fruit

The inedible seed to edible fruit ratio is way off.

August 17, 2014: My Top 10 Most Disliked Fruit!

#4. Pomegranate

It too suffers from a terrible inedible see to edible fruit ratio, with the added bonus of being difficult to eat.  It also stains your hands.

August 17, 2014: My Top 10 Most Disliked Fruit!

#3. Durian

Sure, it could’ve been lower but for the fact that the initial flavor is actually quite nice: custardy sweet.  The aftertaste, on the other hand, is like a gas leak in your chest.

August 17, 2014: My Top 10 Most Disliked Fruit!

#2. Cranberries

Apparently, they’re good for urinary tract infections.  And not much else.

August 17, 2014: My Top 10 Most Disliked Fruit!

#1. Kiwi

People insist they’re sweet but every single one I’ve tasted has been tart.  Also, this one is like The Guardians of the Galaxy of fruit.  It’s okay, but nowhere near as fantastic as fanatics make it out to be.  And, for that reason, it gets the #1 slot.

29 thoughts on “August 17, 2014: My Top 10 Most Disliked Fruit!

  1. I think most kiwis are sold well under ripe because of shipping or something, because they’re also almost always hard as a rock and sour. When you do hit the odd ripe (but not overripe) one though, they’re delicious.

    I’m willing to put up with the blackberry seeds, but any that are sold in stores are terribly tasteless. Finding them fresh on the bush along some trail is always a delight – sweet, tasty and exploding with flavour. The spitting is a reminder that all good things come with a cost.

  2. Well, they genetically modified the banana not to have seeds, why not blackberries? I’m a GMO fan so c’mon scientists, get crackin’…

    I like kiwi *on* things or as part of a salad (like with strawberries and bananas), and I do enjoy them on their own, but finding the right flavor can be tricky. There’s always a bit of tartness to them though, at least in my experience, but tart is my thing.

  3. Love all in the fruit food group. Some notes: After a recent ALCAT test, I found oddly enough, I’m good with cantelope but have a major intolerance with honeydew. Weird, huh?

    Passionfruit: Amazing but you have to treat it right. Juice it and sweeten it. Pomegranite also takes work but again, it’s worth it.

    Nothing that’s worthwhile is easy.

  4. I grew up with black raspberries (and yes, they are different from blackberries):

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/25/blackberry-black-raspberry-difference_n_3652357.html

    In addition to smaller cells, the seeds are smaller too, but they can still get stuck in your teeth. You could always do what my grandma did…make black raspberry jam and serve it on toast (the seeds are strained out during the jam making process). Oh, I have very fond memories of the jam my grandmother would make (I loved the syrup/butter mix on my morning toast or biscuit).

    Dang, now I want some black raspberry jam, and I can’t get it here in the midwest 🙁

  5. Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. Durian

    I like blackberries and cranberries. Cantaloupe is okay in small doses.

  6. Can’t say I disagree with any of your picks. I like kiwis and am willing to overlook their tartness. I eat them with bananas and oranges and it makes them a bit sweeter. Recently discovered that I’ve got a mild allergy to watermelon. So, I’m lactose intolerant, can’t eat onions or green peppers without major heartburn and have some kind of sensitivity to wheat/gluten, because by not eating it the past 4 and a half weeks I’ve lost 8 pounds, am less brain-foggy, my arthritis is practically non-existent and my hypoglycemia has all but vanished.

    Oh, wait. That last intolerance is a good thing!! *happy snoopy dance*

    I’d still eat all of the above fruit, though. 🙂

  7. Love berries of any kind and will put up with the seeds – that’s what floss is for. One of my sons is allergic to Kiwi. His tongue swells until he can’t close his mouth and he looks like a manic version of Mr. Ed. (A talking horse for all you youngsters out there.)

  8. i hate melons. except for watermelon, which i rarely eat any more because of the seeds & the mess. i also hate cherries, way too tart for me.

    i agree with you on kiwi. it’s overrated.

  9. My friend ordered a fresh durian smoothie, and I nearly jumped out of the moving car to get away from the smell. But I have enjoyed some lovely durian dim sum. If it’s slightly cooked you can sort of swallow the odor.

    I can’t believe papaya is on your best of list but mango isn’t – I think mango’s my #1 fruit.

    Where do you stand on acai berries? Goji? I like ’em.

  10. LOL love cantaloupe, honeydew, pomegranate (Eat the seeds! ).. and if you can put candied fruit I can put Cranberry SAUCE on my YES YES YES list. And cranberry juice. Kiwi’s okay. I agree on currants and passion fruit. Have never had Durian.

    Blackberries have always been a favorite til I recently found out they mostly now contain worms. Unless I find a source with none, I won’t be touching them again.

  11. Now that I have a few moments I’ll add my two…mebbe three…cents (and I am WIDE awake – blame it on Guardians of the Galaxy – what a fun movie!).

    Favorite fruits – very hard for me to decide. I love most all (though I am not familiar with some of the more obscure one you mentioned). In no particular order I like:

    Peaches
    Bananas
    Strawberries
    Blueberries
    Oranges (all kinds)
    Limes
    Lemons
    Apples
    Plums/prunes
    Grapefruit
    Cranberries
    Apricots
    Grapes/raisins
    Dates
    Coconut
    Cantaloupe
    Honeydew
    Watermelon
    Figs (though I prefer dried since fresh ones look like testicles…)
    Mango
    Lychee
    Mulberry
    Pomegranate
    Pineapple (only canned or cooked – fresh pineapple makes my throat swell shut 🙁 )
    Pears
    Kiwi

    Fruits I love, but consider to be vegetables:

    OLIVES!
    Tomatoes
    Avocados
    Peppers

    Fruits I tolerate – don’t hate ’em, don’t love ’em:

    Cucumbers (though I consider them a vegetable – a good one can be great, a bad one can be blargh :p )
    Raspberries (a bit tart)
    Blackberries (seeds!)

    Fruits I hate:

    Candied fruit (not so much the sugar dusted type, but more those little gummy ‘fruit cake’ type.

    I’ve liked just about every fruit I’ve ever met, but I can’t name favorites because I tend to like them according to the seasons: melons and peaches and berries in the spring and summer, and apples, pears, oranges and grapefruit in the fall and winter – that sort of thing. Bananas all the time. 🙂 If I had to name my favorites according to which find their way into my tummy the most, I’d say that olives, tomatoes, and bananas probably would top that list.

    Also, Guardians of the Galaxy was GREAT! 😀

    das

  12. Cantaloupe is OK. Blackberries are good in a crumble but I agree, the seeds are annoying. I generally agree with you about the rest of the list even though I don’t come across the remainder very often. Passionfruit or kiwi fruit are pretty much compulsory on a pavlova for some reason. Passionfruit = Frogspawn. Talk about a sure fire way to ruin a bowl of meringue and cream!

    The only candied fruit I countenance are glacé cherries.

  13. Sounds like you have a mild melon allergy. Probably a good thing you don’t like the taste. I saw on Facebook the other day how to get pomegranates out of the shell easily. I’ll see if I can find it again for you.

  14. I forgot cherries…I love cherries! And eggplant. There are just too many fruits, fruit-veggies that I enjoy. Maybe you should do a similar thing for vegetables…I’m sure there’s something I don’t like. But maybe not…the only thing I can think of that I’m not a fan of is mushrooms (but they’re a fungus and so not really a veggie). Tell ya what – what about favorite/least favorite proteins (can be dairy, nut, legume, meat, fish, etc…)? That way it’ll be much easier to find favorites and such.

    das

  15. Das: 😆

    I like fruit but I have to say, you listed a few of my least favorites.

    “Guardians of the Galaxy” was fun, maybe not great but entertaining.

  16. The melons, kiwis and blackberries (most of the above) are fruits that need to be properly grown and picked at the perfect time. Otherwise, you will get tart, bitter or dry flavors and textures. They are a pain in neck if not grown right, yes terrible, but fantastic when they are. You also chose many things with slimy, small seeds. Phobia maybe? 😀 Durians look weird and I would never put that in my mouth. The candied fruits… just LOL

  17. @ Tam Dixon – Since I listed nearly every fruit I could think of off the top of my head, there were bound to be some in there folks wouldn’t like. It’s very hard for me not to like fruit. Fruitcakes, on the other hand… 😉

    das

  18. You may not actually be allergic to the melons. There is a reaction that some people get to certain fruits and veggies when they are allergic to specific trees and grasses. Here is a small article about it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oral_allergy_syndrome My son would claim carrots made his mouth itch, and I would say stop pretending and eat your carrots. My was I surprised when the allergy nurse said it was true!! She gave us a list of outdoor allergies and which foods can trigger the itchy mouth related to that allergy.

  19. Melons have been put on this earth for nothing more than to trick the unsuspecting into considering them an acceptable form of fruit. They are not! Berries, on the other hand despite their seeds, are the flavorful royalty of fruit!

  20. On the list pomegranate tasteless and mostly seeds. Why it has become such a hot item with BKK street venders I do not know. Melons not a favorite. Can tolerate honeydew but musk melon? Cleaning the centers make me feel oogy. Any thing you can’t share with an adult beverage for fear of life is out. Durian also smells bad like a dirty old sports sock and banded by reputable hotels with reason. Now cranberries could not think of having wild rice and turkey without them.

  21. Currants are my mortal enemy. Made both my eyelids swelled up until I looked like a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.

  22. Cranberries are the perfect complement to mashed potatoes. Fresh cranberries, 1/2 cup of orange juice, and sugar, simmer and reduce. Serve with fresh home made mashed potatoes. Try it! The tartness goes perfectly with the butter in the potatoes and the starchy contrast. Heaven on a spoon!!!

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