@evilstan60 On my first time in Thailand, the air was ripe with durian. Could not get away from the “aroma”! In a small shop the workers offered us a bite of fruit and I soon realized this is what I was smelling and could not get past the odor to taste it!
@earlyre Thank you for posting this!!! This video is the funniest I’ve seen in ages! And right on point!!. I wonder who the first person was who discovered this “fruit” eons ago and decided to taste it!!!. I think the descriptive term “moron” came into use around the same time!
@benj Absolutely Durian is just disgusting. Stale gym socks left to rot in a corner for a few months aroma. Couldn’t get the stench out of my house for days. Just thinking about it makes me dry heave. There is no competition for this crown. It belongs to the supposed “King of Fruits”
@benj My first reaction was “It’s got to be durian”. Then I started thinking, no, that’s not really in spirit of the question. In my mind, the question was really “worst (normally consumed) fruit”. I wasn’t aware of all the candies and cookies produced with durian, so it certainly qualifies, even given my self-imposed limitation.
Like you I’m not sure there is a fruit I will absolutely turn down, but several (grapefruit, coconut, honeydew) I wouldn’t pick if there is another choice.
There was a comedian with a bit about grapefruit before it had a name coming and begging grapes, who were popular, for help with its image, thus the name. It wasn’t a great bit, and I just butchered it, but it made me smile when he told it and just now thinking about it.
@Nate311 This is an ancient grapefruit eating secret that will convert you. All the hardcore grapefruit eaters know this trick: first you slice the grapefruit in half. Then take a knife and cut right under the rind. Then cut into each individual section of grapefruit with a knife. Now you can spoon each piece out. Now the trick… sprinkle sugar on top of the sliced half. It really does make grapefruit from an ok fruit, to amazing.
My favorite guac recipe, I’m making it for a party Saturday:
2 avocados - halved, diced
½ diced tomato
1/2 diced red onion
1 grapefruit, segmented and sliced into chunks
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
1 tablespoon diced cilantro
1 tsp. garlic salt or finely diced garlic
Salt and fresh-cracked pepper to taste
Dice avocado into small chunks and place in a serving bowl.
Add tomatoes, onion, jalapeno and cilantro. Squeeze fresh lime juice over mixture.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper and garlic salt, to taste.
Cut grapefruit segments into chunks and add to guacamole
(Grapefruit will help keep the nice green color of the guacamole)
Mix gently and serve immediately.
@kdemo Oh, the GIF was there; I didn’t mean to cause confusion about that. I just enjoy PES’s animation and felt it was worth linking to the video in case anyone who saw your post hadn’t seen Fresh Guacamole otherwise.
@edguyver14 my mom said a red delicious picked ripe off the tree is one of the best apples period but what we get here are mushy, overripe, and not good. I’ve never had a good red delicious so I’m of the same opinion as you - they suck.
@tinamarie1974 We have many varieties of berries growing in the garden. The strawberries and raspberries are about done; the blueberries and marionberries are just getting ripe; the blackberries will be good later in the summer. I love to wander through them, grazing and gorging right off the bush/vine.
@macromeh one of the paths I walk at night has some natural/wooded areas and there us a large number if berry bushes (raspberry or blackberry). I won’t eat them, because , but my neighbor brings a baggie and pics the ripe ones to have as her evening snack.
@RiotDemon@tinamarie1974 Square knot or tautline hitch?
Actually I took this as a challenge today, as someone left a quart of cherries on the kitchen counter. Hard as hell. Took me like five minutes if not more, and all I could think of was “take the damned thing out of your mouth and just tie it!”
Durien is disgusting. Ruby red grapefruit are wonderful. It’s slightly tangy and sweet. I would always buy a 20 lb box every fall from FFA for Christmas to share with my dad.
I always thought I liked pineapple. Esp fresh but they were expensive and messy so I rarely bought them. I went to Taiwan and there was this fruit and vegetables stand opening about a block from our hotel. I couldn’t sleep from jet lag and they would open about 4 am every day so I would walk down and buy watermelon, pineapple, mango, and/or papaya all cut up in little containers for breakfast. I got enough to feed at least six people for less than $5 a day. That was the best pineapple I had ever eaten in my life. Absolutely no bitterness at all. I had never really liked mango because there ones here are picked green and have no flavor.
Tl:Dr - go to Taiwan. Best fruit of your life. Ever.
@ivannabc Mangos - my kid is from SE Asia and when there were mangos in the grocery store she’d handle each and every one (she ate them off the trees in her home country) and, when she had enough English, told me that “Mango in America no good”. I later learned there a zillion different kinds of them and so likely what we had access to here didn’t match what she was picking off of trees in her home country either (besides your ripeness comment).
I would bet that all of the people in here that hate tomatoes have never had a real tomato. Those hard pale things you get in the grocery store and on salad bars are not real tomatoes, they are cheap imitations bred to survive shipping after being picked green. Buy a heirloom variety of tomato plant and put it in your back yard and you will be amazed at what you get.
@Steve7654 I love tomatoes but your comment reminds me when I tell people that I hate fish. When they hear that, they almost always state, “But what about [insert some species of fish here] it’s not fishy.” I don’t even like the smell and I bought a portable induction cooktop so Mrs. cengland0 can cook her fish outside in the gazebo to not stink up the house. After eating about 10 species of fish and finding them all disgusting and not even able to handle the smell, there’s no point in trying others even if they are recommended by friends.
I’m 100% vegetarian now so trying other fish isn’t ever going to happen.
I haven’t found a variety of tomato that I disliked. They are all yummy. Not only for putting on a salad but I can eat them by themselves like an apple.
@cengland0@Steve7654 My cousin’s wife grows a variety of heritage tomatoes in their backyard. Almost all of them taste better than anything I have bought in the grocery store. Same with blackberries. Big huge plants on my grandmother’s farm. Growing wild with huge fruit (probably originally purposely planted prior to when she owned the farm) and wild ones that are much smaller growing around (as well as wild raspberries). And the neighboring farm had wild blueberries in the goat fields (we’d go up the mountain and pick those too). ALL of these things taste way better than what is in the grocery stores. Picked when ripe is probably part of it. Also not cultivated for uniformity and getting ripe all at once also probably contributes too.
@Steve7654 I’ve had fresh tomatoes. Literally picked off the vine and eaten within seconds. Multiple times. I almost puke every time. I want to like them. I can thinly slice them and put them on sandwiches. It’s the texture and taste together. I just cant eat them.
@cengland0@Steve7654 I feel that way about fish too. I can only eat it if it’s deep fried it is no longer fish. It’s an oil delivery system.
My wife and her family love fish. When my son was almost 2, my mother in law was cooking fish. My son walked into the kitchen and started dry heaving from the smell. I really think there’s a fish hating or loving gene.
@cengland0@Steve7654 I see where you’re coming from, but the tomato thing is borne out by experience. I seem to have a lot of conversations with people who can remember the moment when their feelings towards tomatoes changed.
@cadmore I used to like figs until I saw a documentary that explained most of the figs have bugs in them, I think it was a type of worm. Gross. The bug infested figs get picked and ground up to put into Fig Newtons without any regard for the bugs. I no longer eat anything that has figs in it for this reason alone.
Please educate me about “Newtonized.” What does that mean? Google wasn’t very helpful.
@cadmore We have a fig tree that produces lots of figs, but only a small number actually ripen (I think they need hotter weather than we usually get to fully ripen). But the ones that do ripen are delicious - sweet, creamy flesh that almost reminds me of kheer. The wasps really do like them, though.
@cadmore@macromeh we have them too. One of my ancestors brought a plant from Sicily many, many years ago and several of us have starts from the “mother” plant.
Mine is still new ( I got my start last year) so I do not think I will get fruit this year, but my parents produces a ton of figs. We rarely get any though. The dogs and the deer seem to think they are a tasty treat!
@PocketBrain I lived as a kid not far from some of the Wisconsin cranberry bogs, which were very cool to visit in the late fall during harvest. We’d get fresh ones for the various holiday dinners coming up, and, being kids, we thought they were great little round things to throw (or spit or squish) at each other …
Cranberries are like lemons, in that you seldom just eat them the way they come, but cooked and mixed with other ingredients in sauces, pastries, soups, casseroles, cereals, etc., are pretty durn good.
@kdemo@t0nyc0tt4m They were better prior to the previous strain of bananas going extinct. They were sweeter, lasted longer before going soft and mushy… This current strain is headed the same way down the tubes too. They are all clones so all it takes in one fungus or whatever that they aren’t immune to and they all die off. They don’t currently have a decent replacement yet.
@kdemo@Kidsandliz@t0nyc0tt4m I read an article about the banana fungus/disease/whatever it is and the clone situation. That’s interesting stuff!! Either this one is Cavendish and it’s going extinct or the extinct one is Cavendish? Can’t remember
@ivannabc@kdemo@Kidsandliz@t0nyc0tt4m The current popular cultivar is the Cavendish. It replaced the Gros Michel which was all but wiped out by a fungus. (I heard a podcast about it not too long ago.) I dislike all bananas so …
@cf1@ivannabc@kdemo@t0nyc0tt4m Thanks. I didn’t know what they were called. I just know that all of a sudden bananas tasted really bland compared to what they used to taste like. Then I saw something about the previous strain going extinct and why; that the pacific rim area banana plantations are infected worse than the ones in the Americas.
@cf1 - Same. I have never ever cared for bananas. The taste is sickly sweet and overpowering and the texture is mushy gluey. Also they make my mouth and throat feel itchy - maybe I’m allergic? Definitely allergic to kiwifruit as well. And apricots a little.
@cf1@kdemo Yup. I’m slightly allergic to several fresh fruits. Pretty much get the same symptoms. Not badly enough to worry about anaphylaxis but enough to annoy me. Once you cook them the heat breaks down the proteins that cause the allergies. Bring on the apple pie!
okra - and I’ve tried every possible way because I believe all vegetables have some redeeming value - raw, boiled, steamed, blanched, baked, barbecued, sautéed, fried, dried, pureed, salted, candied, it’s just still … okra. There are some dishes, certain gumbos and stews, where it’s used as a minor component and often prepped to minimize its inherent sliminess and there, it can be tolerated. You can slop lots of greens and gravy and bacon on it and sneak it past your taste buds, but as a singular thing, I can’t deal with it. Some people love it, I’m told …
@MeatyYoker well, it was late, I was tired. Break, please. But thanks for pointing that out. When the topic rolls round to dislike of (any food type), okra comes to the top of my stack because I really dislike it.
Bell peppers. I don’t even have the words to describe how awful these things taste to me, regardless of color. The taste of them permeates everything they are put in, and they are used as a cheap filler in SO. MANY. THINGS.
@bocoroth You know, I’m reading through all the replies and I didn’t find a single one I agreed with until this. SCREW BELL PEPPERS. I bought some sushi from Aldi the other night to spoil myself and didn’t look at the ingredients, and it was tempura shrimp with freaking bell peppers, I was burping them for hours after eating it. They ruin everything they touch and overpower the flavor entirely and it doesn’t even matter how heavy the hand that uses them. You put a single tiny 1cm cube of bell pepper in an entire plate of food and it still makes itself stupidly prominent and destroys any and all subtle nuances of flavors. I hate bell peppers so much they are a worthless addition to so many foods that didn’t need them or never did. They are like the freaking vuvuzela orchestra of the fruit world.
You know what’s worse? Being allergic to the stupid things like my Mom is. Say goodbye to eating out at nearly any chain restaurant (which wouldn’t be a problem if she weren’t so infuriatingly picky to begin with) and about 1/3rd of existing snacks and food in general that’s prepackaged. The reason being, that the spice Paprika is just another form of stupid bell peppers without the horrific bell pepper burps. Its in almost all food that’s fried or has a breadcrumb coating, used as a coloring agent in so many things it’s ridiculous, and you can say goodbye to essentially every sausage and hotdog in existence.
It took me EIGHT YEARS to finally track down a hotdog she could eat that’s sold around here, and it’s an hour trip to the nearest Whole Foods to get them.
Bell Peppers are THE WORST FRUIT in the entire existence of humanity and I hope they all go the way of the Gros Michel banana and get wiped out of existence entirely.
i don’t like eating oranges or bananas “raw” because of the texture of both. however they have lots of other redeeming qualities and uses so i couldn’t vote them worst fruit.
tomatoes are really gross eleven months out of the year but frick they’re so good for that little sliver of in-season-ness. (and canned tomatoes are useful year round!)
so, i think i’d have to vote for either papaya (always sounds delicious and tropical until you eat it and remember it actually tastes like vomit) or peaches (why ever eat a peach when you can have a nectarine?) - i know that last one probably isn’t a popular opinion and i apologize but it’s just the way i feel.
ETA: after perusing the comments i also wish to add red delicious apples and grapefruit. (however, grapefruit jarritos is my favorite flavor and makes a mean paloma.)