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.
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: 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.