fruits of the year

Fruit is the greatest thing in the world. That sugary sweetness with nutritional value can’t be beat. The world of fruit is diverse, colorful, juicy, artistic, healthy, natural, and pleasing. Nothing beats a good piece of fruit and you know it.

One of my best memories as a kid is eating fruit each night. As my brothers and I each showered and got in our pajamas, my dad would cut up a few pieces of fruit and mix them up in a bowl for each of us. Depending on what he had bought that week, it may have included pieces of pear, apple, banana, orange, strawberries, blueberries, and/or grapes. We’d each sit, eat our bowl of fruit, and watch The Cosby Show and maybe another Nick At Night show like Dobie Gillis or My Three Sons or Mork & Mindy before heading to bed. Little did we know that we were being filled with all sorts of free radical neutralizers and other vitamins and minerals that would help us stay healthy and strong. Here I want to rank my top fruits of the year, with the hope that I can do this on an annual basis. These may be debatable, but I don’t care. I’m basing my opinions on a combination of three main things:

  • The Acquisition (cost, availability)
  • The Consumption (taste, versatility)
  • The Feeling (health benefits, satisfaction)

1. McIntosh ApplesAcquisition: Available in pretty much every supermarket throughout most of the year. Cost is relatively cheap. Grown off a tree that is fun to climb. Easy to choose which ones you want and you can feel for tartness before purchasing.

Consumption: Easy to eat – just wash and go! Good just plain or with peanut butter or with a little cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top. Can be eaten during all hours of the day. Can be used in numerous other dishes such as pies, juices, sauces, muffins, cakes.
Feeling: Skin has many nutrients/vitamins. Beautiful green/red color. Roundness is complete and satisfying. Puts me to bed. Smiles at me. Feels great to eat I’m almost addicted.

2. Strawberries

Acquisition: Can be expensive and tough to find in harsh times of the year. However, in mid to late summer when the prices drop, they can be found on the street corner plump as a tennis ball. Sometimes tough to avoid a few bad ones when sold in plastic containers.

Consumption: Taste of a good, dark red strawberry might be the best bite in the world. Tingles my jaw. Drips with juice on a hot day. Love that crisp, cool center when bit in half. Sometimes a pain to avoid the leaves when in a hurry or overwhelmed with excitement. Great in desserts, shakes, cereal. Great mixed with other berries too.
Feeling: Beautiful red color and distinct heart-like shape. Have great sex appeal. Sometimes eat too many and get real full off them.

3. Bananas

Acquisition: Very easy to get and are the cheapest fruit you can buy. Not many bad bananas in a bunch so easy to pick out too. Ripen quickly though and are odorous when too ripe.
Consumption: Simple to peel, simple to eat. Taste predictable and easy to crave. Awesome in cereal. Love banana bread. Love banana chips. Good in shakes, desserts/sundaes, pie, on a sandwich (w/ peanut butter), much more. Also like them yellow Runts.
Feeling: Filling and nutritious. Good potassium and other vitamins. Beautiful yellow color and distinct shape.

Just missed the list: pineapples, cantaloupes, clementines. Better luck at the end of the summer.

2 thoughts on “fruits of the year

  1. I also watched the Cosby Show while eating a bowl of fruit that my Dad cut up for me. Must be an Avon thing.

  2. No way bananas should have made top 3. banana bread, yes… bananas no way. besides, you know you like pineapple better, don’t lie to yourself Kev. and you may not agree with me, but i dont care either.i rank them…1. Watermelon2. Clementines3. Strawberriesjust in case you were wondering.

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