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Old 02-04-2014, 10:38 AM
 
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Just thought I'd toss this out there if it isn't already:

More Consistent in Quality - pretty much get the same quality, assuming it's not over/under ripened

1. bananas
2. apples
3. citrus


Less consistent - guessing game how they're going to taste or even ripen

1. strawberries - really a crapshoot
2. nectarines
3. peaches (never ripen)

Any comments or suggestions?
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Old 02-04-2014, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Sloooowcala Florida
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That sounds about right. I'd like to add Mangoes to your Less Consistent list too.
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Old 02-04-2014, 12:19 PM
 
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Of course. Why do people expect strawberries, peaches, etc. to be any good in winter? The price you pay for foods all year round that are only supposed to be seasonal is sacrifice of quality. Berries in the winter are almost never sweet and soft, like they're supposed to be. If you've ever gone to a place where you can pick your own berries, the difference between pick your own vs. store berries is noticeable almost instantly in terms of both taste and texture.
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Old 02-04-2014, 12:30 PM
 
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in my experience strawberries can still be extremely hit or miss even in warm weather. Blueberries seem to taste the same all the time (mild/no flavor). I've had better luck with raspberries.

I love mangoes but they're sold green and unripe at the store, and the last time I bought one, I waited more than a week for it to ripen, and it made me sick anyways. Wasn't ripe enough I guess.
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Old 02-04-2014, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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Some of the tastiest raspberries are available now.
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Old 02-04-2014, 02:12 PM
 
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I have the same problems with melons not being consistent.

Even when they're in season, I sometimes end up cutting open ones that aren't ripe.
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Old 02-04-2014, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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Apples, bananas, pears have been consistent and good.
Strawberries is a crapshoot, but this past week I bought them and they were red and sweet. Melons depends on the season. I have not bought watermelon since summer 2012 because it's been wither sour or not sweet at all. Red grapes I only buy in the summer on sale and they have been sweet.
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Old 02-04-2014, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Montreal, Quebec
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Cantaloupes.
Sometimes they're wonderful, and sometimes they have no taste at all.
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Old 02-04-2014, 04:48 PM
 
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I forgot about pears. They're usually good.

Has anyone ever had a good nectarine or plum?

And I'm wondering if apricots are naturally mushy in texture by nature.
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Old 02-04-2014, 05:47 PM
 
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Apricots. Extremely inconsistent, and I only buy them in season. The only fruit where I am downright disappointed if I didn't land a good batch....and have a full bag in my fridge. I just can't resist them.
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