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Thread: Your favorite vegetables and fruits?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ma bungo View Post
    Granny Smiths ??? You have not lived , the best apples on earth are not sold in supermarkets .. track down a Worchester or a Laxton . they are proper game changers, and don't even get me started on rare breeds
    Very true. I've got some dessert / cookers in my garden that knock socks off brambley's in a pie or crumble. I couldn't tell you what variety they are but definitely not mainstream.

    back on topic I like all fruit and veg really, but it's always best in season and as fresh as you can get it or pick it.
    I tend to grow more fruit than veg as my soil seems to suit it better, but something along the lines of:

    Apples
    blackcurrnats
    raspberries
    blueberries
    potatoes
    cauliflower
    kale
    carrots
    beetroot
    beans
    onions
    mushrooms - I do like mushrooms but don't need to grow them, living in Wales there are always plenty to pick in season
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    Quote Originally Posted by ma bungo View Post
    Granny Smiths ??? You have not lived , the best apples on earth are not sold in supermarkets .. track down a Worchester or a Laxton . they are proper game changers, and don't even get me started on rare breeds
    I have tried Worcester and Laxton and a bunch of others too - there used to be a specialist apple shop on the Goldhawk Road close to Shepherd's Bush Green. We even have a Beaty of Bath in the garden as well as a splendid Bramley. I'm just awkward when it comes to apples and pears, unless they are really hard, not just crisp, I just can't eat them, however delicious other people may find them.

    Mind you, most people find it odd that I would rather have olives than cake or chocolate but that's me. If we all liked Worcester Pearmains, there would likely not be enough for you!!
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    Tomatoes are my favourite too. I can eat them like apples, just as they are, when they're home grown. I also love tinned tomatoes almost as much.

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    Forgot to mention - sun-dried Tomatoes that have been steeped in oil. Tomatoes are delicious and the oil is wonderful for all sorts of things.
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    Those huge beefy tomatoes you used to get in Spain 30 years ago off the markets, proper lush, drool! I used to eat one of them as a snack on my way to the next tomato stall
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Dragon View Post
    I have tried Worcester and Laxton and a bunch of others too - there used to be a specialist apple shop on the Goldhawk Road close to Shepherd's Bush Green. We even have a Beaty of Bath in the garden as well as a splendid Bramley. I'm just awkward when it comes to apples and pears, unless they are really hard, not just crisp, I just can't eat them, however delicious other people may find them.

    Mind you, most people find it odd that I would rather have olives than cake or chocolate but that's me. If we all liked Worcester Pearmains, there would likely not be enough for you!!
    No , I would be OK ,I have 2 worecester and Beautey of Bath among my 20 + apple trees I am aslo enjoying my 'Sops in Wine' Thank you Romans for your legacy

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    Broccoli
    Asparagus
    Sugarsnap peas
    Sweet Peppers
    Chinese leaves
    Pak choi
    Spring onions
    Sweetcorn
    Celery
    Mushrooms

    Mangos
    Strawberries
    Bananas
    Grapes
    Satsumas
    Cherries
    Kiwi fruit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle jhad View Post
    Those huge beefy tomatoes you used to get in Spain 30 years ago off the markets, proper lush, drool! I used to eat one of them as a snack on my way to the next tomato stall
    Never mind the big beefy ones, all the tomatoes of yesteryear (multi-hued and irregularly shaped), cut thickly, sprinkled with a little coarse salt and a drizzle of olive oil chomped down with some crusty bread - a meal fit for a king (and me too).
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    Bananas
    apples
    pears
    tomatoes
    onions
    garlic
    leeks
    smoked garlic
    sweet potato
    parsnips
    wild mushrooms
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    I like:
    Tomatoes
    Kiwi fruit
    Melon (all kinds)
    Mushrooms
    Figs
    Nectarines
    Potatoes
    Peas
    Cauliflower

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    Oh, and bananas!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miss_bee View Post
    Oh, and bananas!
    Oh, no bananas...

    ...for me. They are the one fruit that I can live without (even though they are good for a body).
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    I'm not sure how good they are for mine. They give me indigestion! Love a banana sandwich though.

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    Bananas have to be just ripe if i eat em ...over ripe i get indigestion.Banana and jam sandwich nom!...cant stand em in cakes n stuff (spawn of satan).
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    Maybe that's where I'm going wrong, banana-wise? I tend to like em quite squidgy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miss_bee View Post
    Maybe that's where I'm going wrong, banana-wise? I tend to like em quite squidgy.
    I hate the smell of over-ripe and squidgy

    remotely past ripe snd they chucked out to the wildlife...i rarely buy them tbh.

    Bananas release a lot of ethylene hence why you shouldnt put them by other fruit or in the fridge(they go black and contaminate other foods.)
    You can also be allergic to them like with kiwi fruit....i think thats possibly my trouble.In rare extreme cases they can induce anaphylaxis -a dangerous allergic reaction.
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    Pwoar, they do whiff a bit. The skins smell almost gassy if they are left in the bin.

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    Theres 5 types one can only be eaten cooked and is like sweet potato but they can stop on the bush for me...every now and again banana sandwich or in fruit salad but no fan of them by any means.They make me feel.unwellsame as strawberries (which im sllergic to) and im.pretty sure its the ethylene (which you can smell).
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    Absolutely fascinating all this banana stuff, I really did think I was on my own on this - but relieved to discover I'm not.

    What I find interesting about bananas, is that the yellow ones that we see in this country suggests that's the only sort that's available but it's not. They come in different sizes and shapes (in spite of the EU) and in many colours of skin and flesh. It is also of interest (to me at least) that the yellow bananas that most everyone eats are derived from one strain that was bred for and named after an Englishman called Cavendish - it is also likely to vanish in the next decade or so due to lack of diversity in the stock.
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    I wonder if kiwi fruits also give off gas, because they have a similar smell when they are very ripe?

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    Well, that article is really interesting! Thanks Shroom. I'm starting to go off bananas, I think!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miss_bee View Post
    I wonder if kiwi fruits also give off gas, because they have a similar smell when they are very ripe?
    Ethylene figures in a lot of ripening. For example, if you have green tomatoes that you want to ripen, put them in a brown paper bag with a banana or two.

    It is also why we can buy seasonal fruit out of season. The fruit goes into cold storage and when it is wanted for sale, it is exposed to Ethylene gas.
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    Well, this has all been very enlightening. I suppose should be suitably ashamed of myself for not knowing any of this as I tuck into my 'nana' sandwich.

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