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Old 05-22-2019, 08:01 AM
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I was in Virginia visiting the grand kids last week and went to the grocery store and bought fruit. And I do know how to buy good fruit. I got watermelon, pineapple, strawberries, cantaloupe, grapes, and peaches and made them a big fresh fruit platter. All fruit was excellent.

When I got home I went to Publix and bought almost the same fruits. No peaches as they didn't have any. It was all terrible, no taste, mealy, dry, worst fruit ever. I have tried all the different stores here, Publix, Aldi's, Fresh Market, Walmart, Winn Dixie and the same thing.

I can't seem to buy decent fruit in Florida. You would think it would be just the opposite, but I find the fruit here terrible. I can usually get decent grapes and apples and sometimes blueberries, but almost everything else is awful.

Why can't we get decent fruit here? What I bought in Virginia came from all over and it was all excellent. Here it was all awful. WHY?
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Old 05-22-2019, 08:25 AM
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We use Aldi for most of our salad, fruit and veg, but they don't always have what we want in stock

Found quality to be generally good, although always worth examining carefully
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Old 05-22-2019, 08:40 AM
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You need to read a book on how to pick fruit.

Contrary to most things fruit is seasonal. It is best when it is cheapest. Tomatoes for example are good now. You could buy them during our winter they were expensive and simply bad.

Cantaloupes-they are best vine ripened. When, they ripen on the vine the stem easily tears from the melon leaving a belly button type scar. The ones commonly offered are cut from the vine.
You see a small part of the vine still attached to the mellon.
At best it will not be great and you need to let it ripen for about a week. It needs to breathe or it will rot. Best done in a wooden bowl.

Apples. If, you buy them now they will not be as good as you would hope. The apples you buy now were picked last fall and have been in cold storage for about 6 months.

A good sense of smell is an asset. I can tell if a display of cantaloupes, pineapple etc is good just by walking by it.
Wife says I smell like a dog not always sure how to interpret that.
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I was in Virginia visiting the grand kids last week and went to the grocery store and bought fruit. And I do know how to buy good fruit. I got watermelon, pineapple, strawberries, cantaloupe, grapes, and peaches and made them a big fresh fruit platter. All fruit was excellent.

When I got home I went to Publix and bought almost the same fruits. No peaches as they didn't have any. It was all terrible, no taste, mealy, dry, worst fruit ever. I have tried all the different stores here, Publix, Aldi's, Fresh Market, Walmart, Winn Dixie and the same thing.

I can't seem to buy decent fruit in Florida. You would think it would be just the opposite, but I find the fruit here terrible. I can usually get decent grapes and apples and sometimes blueberries, but almost everything else is awful.

Why can't we get decent fruit here? What I bought in Virginia came from all over and it was all excellent. Here it was all awful. WHY?
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Old 05-22-2019, 08:48 AM
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I was in Virginia visiting the grand kids last week and went to the grocery store and bought fruit. And I do know how to buy good fruit. I got watermelon, pineapple, strawberries, cantaloupe, grapes, and peaches and made them a big fresh fruit platter. All fruit was excellent.

When I got home I went to Publix and bought almost the same fruits. No peaches as they didn't have any. It was all terrible, no taste, mealy, dry, worst fruit ever. I have tried all the different stores here, Publix, Aldi's, Fresh Market, Walmart, Winn Dixie and the same thing.

I can't seem to buy decent fruit in Florida. You would think it would be just the opposite, but I find the fruit here terrible. I can usually get decent grapes and apples and sometimes blueberries, but almost everything else is awful.

Why can't we get decent fruit here? What I bought in Virginia came from all over and it was all excellent. Here it was all awful. WHY?
Hi there,
I just read your post to my husband. His response was, "See, I'm not crazy". (Not that I ever accused him of that but that's just his opinion) LOL. Ever since we moved here he has been complaining about the fruit - especially citrus since Florida is allegedly a "Citrus Capital".

I am hoping someone will respond favorably to your post and tell us that they found a farm somewhere with excellent, organic, tasty fruit. I don't want to have to drive to Brooklyn or Virginia just to get decent fruit. LOL
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Hi there,
I just read your post to my husband. His response was, "See, I'm not crazy". (Not that I ever accused him of that but that's just his opinion) LOL. Ever since we moved here he has been complaining about the fruit - especially citrus since Florida is allegedly a "Citrus Capital".

I am hoping someone will respond favorably to your post and tell us that they found a farm somewhere with excellent, organic, tasty fruit. I don't want to have to drive to Brooklyn or Virginia just to get decent fruit. LOL
RE: Florida Citrus
Due to rain and soil, Florida oranges are good for juice. California o.ranges are better for eating out of hand.

As to shopping in Brooklyn. Have you added in the PARKING TICKET to your cost?
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You need to read a book on how to pick fruit.

Contrary to most things fruit is seasonal. It is best when it is cheapest. Tomatoes for example are good now. You could buy them during our winter they were expensive and simply bad.

Cantaloupes-they are best vine ripened. When, they ripen on the vine the stem easily tears from the melon leaving a belly button type scar. The ones commonly offered are cut from the vine.
You see a small part of the vine still attached to the mellon.
At best it will not be great and you need to let it ripen for about a week. It needs to breathe or it will rot. Best done in a wooden bowl.

Apples. If, you buy them now they will not be as good as you would hope. The apples you buy now were picked last fall and have been in cold storage for about 6 months.

A good sense of smell is an asset. I can tell if a display of cantaloupes, pineapple etc is good just by walking by it.
Wife says I smell like a dog not always sure how to interpret that.
I agree with you with one exception, I do know how to select and buy fruit. And in Florida the options are very poor selection and quality. I have lived all over the US and a few foreign countries and I have always been able to buy decent fruit. Except here in Florida. And that makes no common sense to me. You would think that you should be able to buy great fruit here. But you can't. To me that is a mystery and I would like a good explanation or a good place to purchase it. And yes of course in season is best. So would you not think that right now watermelon would be in season? Are not Georgia peaches in season? Are Florida cantaloupe not just coming in season? Blueberries just finishing? Blackberries just coming on? And yet store bought further north are much better than local. WHY?
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Old 05-22-2019, 09:10 AM
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Have you tried Browns Market on 301? We've gotten some good fruit there in the past.

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Old 05-22-2019, 09:17 AM
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There are a lot of farmers selling watermelons now from their trucks, also corn and tomatoes. There is a pretty nice outdoor fruit stand open every day on 301 about a half mile south of the turnpike with citrus fruit, etc.
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Old 05-22-2019, 09:24 AM
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Winn Dixie at LSL has some great Georgia Peaches. First time I have found peaches that didn't taste like compressed wet newspaper in a local supermarket and that includes Fresh Market, Aldi & Publix. Not sure how long they will last though.
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