Fruits & Veggies: Love & Hate


Why do they always stuff a bunch of cantaloupe in a fruit salad?  Any by ‘they’, I mean EVERYONE.  Are cantaloupes that much cheaper?  It’s certainly not for the taste!  In fact, I think the cheapness of the fruit may directly relate to the deliciousness of the fruit.  Like how raspberries are so expensive.  They are expensive because they are DELICIOUS.  Cantaloupe? Not so much.  I am basically forcing myself to eat the cantaloupe out of the salad because it makes up the largest portion of the salad.  How sad.

It’s like cantaloupe is the nerd of the fruits.  It doesn’t look particularly good.  It’s sort of got this 80s stucco look to it, and it comes in a few pastel colors.  In fact, I think cantaloupes are stuck in the 80s.  They need the What Not to Wear crew to get in on this shit and fix them up.  

My apologies to those out there who loves  cantaloupe!  I do not.  In fact, I refused to eat it when I was younger.  Only when I grew up and paid for a fruit salad with my own money did I start eating the lame parts of my fruit salads.

I suppose I do the same thing with a plate of veggies.  I will often selectively avoid one of the veggies.  And it’s not that I don’t like pretty much every veggie, but I eat like a bird and pick at certain parts of my food.  I think I pick out peppers?  

I used to love broccoli, then I hated it, and now I am okay with it.  It’s like we used to date and broccoli broke my vegetable heart, and we didn’t speak for a while.  We’re on speaking terms now, but we’ll never be the same as we were.  Broccoli just hurt me too much.  YOU NEVER CALL, BROCCOLI, YOU NEVER CALL.

And speaking of veggies I used to hate, I really used to hate yams.  But you know what?  YAMS ARE DELICIOUS.  I think I used to hate them because they were orange?  I wouldn’t even taste them.  Now I drench them in butter and a dash of salt and I feel like I am some kind of groumet chef.  But really, the yams are doing all the work.  Sure, they look like turds, but they are probably the most delicious turds I’ve ever had.  But a turd rating isn’t a very good rating scale anyway, and not just for food!

How about you?  What fruits and veggies do you love/hate?

12 Responses to “Fruits & Veggies: Love & Hate”

  1. 1 ultratoast October 24, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    I am big on nearly all vegetables with the exception of cauliflower.

    But what you say about the canteloupe is interesting; food being more expensive based on quality of taste.

    I read somewhere that everybody tastes everything differently, but for the most part, your supposition means that the differences aren’t that great at all.

    We met a guy in Calgary who lost his sense of taste. He started eating things he never used to like just for the nutrients and the texture – which became all-important to him.

  2. 2 doozy October 24, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    You are so right, cauliflower sucks!

    I think raspberries might be harder to harvest as well? A cantaloupe just seems easy to grab and pick. You must have to stand for a long while picking raspberries! Lord knows I was worn out after a job of picking cherries! I can see why they can be a bit expensive!
    Actually, maybe raspberries only grow well in very specific places, and you can grow cantaloupe a little easier in more places? Though I’ve seen raspberries growing along train tracks, so I don’t know how true that is…

  3. 3 dryhumourwetcoast October 24, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    I was going to say broccoli, but then I remember that I actually like them and I don’t hate them at all.
    Fiddleheads suck, but my mom love Brussel sprouts and it makes her really gassy and for some reason her Brussel sprout farts are the worst kind she gets.

  4. 4 Sandra October 24, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    We had a raspberry bush squished between our garage and the neighbours fence that we never knew we had. Never watered it, never did pretty much anything to it. We found it one day, and not only was it as healthy (healthier….)as most of the bushes we knew about, but legions of raspberries for the taking. Too bad that there was also a wasp’s nest underneath it.

    My mother looooves cantaloupe. And honeydew, which to me is just green cantaloupe. And I’ve actually met people who absolutely love the stuff. I don’t understand it. Personally I’ll only get fruit salad that has a lot of watermelon. Because for some reason there has to be a large quantity of melon. Call melon the lettuce of the fruit family.

    Veggies I effing hate: cauliflower, brussel sprouts (mmm bitterness!!! Drenched in butter! Still gross.), and I kinda hate broccoli.
    I actually don’t mind cauliflower with melted cheese, but that’s more about the melted cheese than anything. And cauliflower has always reminded me of brains.

  5. 5 Gem October 24, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    What the fuck are fiddleheads?? Obviously I’m not down with the vegetable lingo… and I’m a vegetarian, too. Hah.

  6. 6 blogfaced October 25, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    i’m with gem and blissfully unaware what fiddleheads are.

    i do love honeydew melon. canteloupe is like it’s loser brother, i’ll take it in a pinch but only because i can’t find honeydew. i’m not a big fan of watermelon, though.

    yams are fantastic. since it became winter i’m again addicted to making yam fries in the oven which are easy and delicious but seem to keep making my smoke alarm go of which is an unfortunate dilemma.

    and i agree, cauliflower is freaking disgusting. i love asparagus but it is so expensive. ditto raspberries. even golden pears are more expensive than a regular pear or apple which is unfortunate as i love them so. that being said, bananas are cheap and i have one almost every day. i love them.

    on a random sidenote, does anyone know how they juice pomegranates? i was enjoying one yesterday and trying to imagine how on earth you could extract the juice from it easily? that must be why the juice is so expensive i guess?

  7. 7 Recycling Facts October 27, 2008 at 3:25 am


    Actually it is as simple as “What we want may not be pleasing to others and vice versa.”

    I am not that choosy when it comes to fruits and veggies but I also have my Likes and dislikes. We all have our list of favorite fruits and veggies and there are those we avoid.

    I never encounter a salad with cantaloupes not even a single one, but I love cantaloupes, I love to make them as a fruit shake, I actually love fruits except for kiwi.

    I am not a pure vegetarian but I love veggies. I love greens. Before I hate tomato but now, they are just perfect. I am not a fan of squash although I eat them, but not as often.

  8. 8 Nevis October 27, 2008 at 8:34 am

    I hate cantelope but love honeydew. Why don’t they put more honeydew in fruit salad? Personally, I hate pineapple.

    Fiddleheads are actually a young edible fern.

  9. 9 lex October 27, 2008 at 9:36 am

    I love cantaloupe and honey dew.. the hubby hates both. The pugs LOVE cantoloupe.. i usually buy it when it is so ripe that if it sits any longer it will go bad. That is the problem I find with fruit salads, usually the melons aren’t very ripe!!
    I had to google fiddleheads.. I don’t eat ferns.. :p
    I hate turnips and beets, hate them. Texture, taste, smell.. ew. Fruit – I am not sure, I love almost all of it. Dragon fruit, persimmons, all sorts of berries, yum yum! Oh tomato and I have the same relationship as you and broccoli.
    Brussel sprouts are good cooked in bacon grease and then baked with bacon bits and parmesian cheese! lol sorry I know you don’t eat meat!

  10. 10 Blondie October 28, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    I hate cantaloupe! I HATE IT! It’s ALWAYS in fruit salad and that’s how I judge whether it’s a quality fruit salad or not: the cantaloupe quotient.

    have we already had this conversation?

  11. 11 Amutofan123 May 30, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    YES! Another yam lover! I pretty much love about all fruit, but i can’t say the same for vegetables. I like corn, zucchini, green beans, lima beans, potatoes, yams, carrots and tomatoes only if they are cooked with other stuff. I told my mom to buy some cantalope(sp?), then she brought it home, I took a bite of it, and went “Oh yea! I hate cantalope(sp?)!”

  12. 12 Aron Campisano April 21, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    You mean CRAPaloupe? F-ing poison.

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