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kaplods
12-09-2008, 08:31 PM
Yesterday I bought some Fuji apples, and they were all so huge, I had to hunt for the smallest apples in the bin, but for the heck of it, I took one of the big ones too.

I weighed it at home and the one apple weighed nearly a pound (15 ounces plus), and determined that the apple probably has more than 200 calories because a 3.7 ounce apple has 55 according to Calorie King).

Crazy, huh - a single apple that is four servings of fruit.

Not just fast food is supersizing these days.


Beautiful Ace
12-09-2008, 08:38 PM
Bananas are getting bigger too.. lol

LindseyLouWho
12-09-2008, 08:54 PM
Yeah, when I'm at the store I purposely hunt for the smallest bananas and apples that I can get my hands on just so they're not 2 or more servings of fruit...especially since it's not like you can eat half a banana, seal it up, and eat the other half later (unless you freeze it with lemon or something for a smoothie)
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JulieJ08
12-09-2008, 09:08 PM
Yeah, when I'm at the store I purposely hunt for the smallest bananas and apples that I can get my hands on just so they're not 2 or more servings of fruit...especially since it's not like you can eat half a banana, seal it up, and eat the other half later
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I do that all the timeBut I'm eating it the next day, two tops.

kaplods
12-09-2008, 09:28 PM
I love the taste of the fingerling bananas, but I think I have to buy regular bananas and the mini bananas at the same time for a weight comparison, because I'm not sure whether one or two mini bananas are equal to one fruit.

They're pretty pricey though, so I don't buy them often, when regular bananas are so cheap.

WaterRat
12-10-2008, 02:21 AM
Julie, I too eat 1/2 a banana all the time. I just kinda fold the skin back over the uneaten half (I cut the part I eat off with a knife) then put it in a snack sized ziplock bag. It does need to be eaten in the next day or so though..... I forgot one once - ewwwww.

BlueToBlue
12-10-2008, 03:00 AM
I love small fruit! I recently bought some pears at the farmers market just because they were so small--only about 2 oz per pear--and I don't even like pears that much. I'm always hunting through the bin for the smallest fruit. At one of the farmers' markets I go to, there is a stand that specializes in tiny apples. They sell a bunch of different varieties, but they are all only 2 or 3 oz. I love them!

If figure that if I want more than 2 or 3 oz of apple, I can always eat two (or three), but it's a lot harder to eat only half an apple. Although recently I did keep a partially cut up Granny Smith apple (I was using it in a lunch recipe and only needed about an ounce at a time) in the fridge for about a week. I was pretty surprised to discover that the apple stayed crisp and did not discolor for about five days. I thought it would turn brown almost immediately, but it actually held up quite well.

A couple of years ago, someone sent me a Harry & David gift box that had some absolutely ginormous apples and pears in it. They were just huge, at least half a pound, if not more, per fruit. Honestly, why would anyone want to eat an apple that large? They weren't even that good. I think I ate about half at a time and put the other half in the fridge. What a disappointment!

I also will eat only part of a banana, but I slice the rest of the banana up and freeze it. I lay the slices out on a plate to freeze them and then throw the frozen slices into a ziploc freezer bag. Even without a lemon, it is several weeks before they discolor and I almost always eat them before then. The frozen banana slices taste like banana ice cream and I can take out as many or as few as I want.

Lovely
12-10-2008, 07:57 AM
I actually like ginormous fruits. I find them so ridiculously filling.

I know they're like Frankenfruits, but it makes me feel like I'm getting to eat a lot without stuffing my face.

TXJess
12-10-2008, 09:48 AM
I have to hunt for the smallest bananas because my son LOVES them. He will sit completely still on the floor until he's completely devoured the entire banana in 30 seconds, no joke. When we go to the store and he sees us put a bunch of bananas in the cart he just wails for one like most kids do sweets and candy.

Other than that the size of fruit doesn't bother me because my son always wants some of what I have or my husband will just finish off what I don't eat. They're my mobile garbage disposals.

ANOther
12-10-2008, 07:08 PM
Someone else who always looks for the smallest bananas on the display

BillBlueEyes
12-10-2008, 08:05 PM
I actually like ginormous fruits.

Me too.

Used to have a Jack Sprat relationship with DW; she'd take the smallest banana and I'd take the largest - worked out. However, since I've been on my healthy journey, we both want the small-medium sized bananas. Gotta shop more diligently, since I could never eat half a banana.

But apples are another story: medium for Galas, and ginormous for Honey Crisp or Jona Gold.

jtammy
12-10-2008, 09:54 PM
I always cut about 1/3 to 1/2 of a banana off of the banana, and just eat that portion and then eat the rest either later that day or the next day. It keeps fine as long as I don't peel it. The next day, I'll slice off the brown cut end and eat more. Works out fine.

evilwomaniamshe
12-11-2008, 04:54 AM
WOW~1/2 a banana only? Geesh I eat 2 or 3 large banana's everyday, I guess I'm a fruit freak or have a fruit fetish perhaps? I did notice the pears are getting bigger these days too, but bigger fruit gets no complaints from me!

A typical day with my banana's!

2 kashi waffles with a container of strawberry yogurt as my syrup & a banana sliced on top, sprinkle of ground flax

TLT- turkey breast on whole wheat toast, lettuce, tomatoe, miracle whip light, handful of baby carrots, plus a pear

4 eggwhite omelet with grn peppers, onions, shrooms, grilled chicken, side of brocolli, banana with peanut butter

My meals are plenty big, so I rarely eat snacks. On occasion when I get hungry between meals (TTOTM), I will have an additional piece of fruit like an apple or pear or another BANANA with a bit of peanut butter or a few almonds. During (TTOTM) the fruit is normally sliced and drizzled with chocolate syrup!

Shannon in ATL
12-11-2008, 08:25 AM
I had a HoneyCrisp yesterday that weighed 11.5 ounces and thought that was huge! And, it was one of the smallest ones that DH brought home. I've noticed the banana thing, too. For awhile the ones I got were are between 85-95 grams, now they are coming in at 135-160. I've been trying to get the small ones lately, too, but for some reason the last four bunches I got never yellowed....

kaplods
12-11-2008, 02:25 PM
I did eat the pound apple myself, in one sitting, but it was my entire breakfast. I also weighed it (not only for this thread), but so I could count it appropriately (I'm on an exchange diet). It meant I ate all of my fruits for the day in one sitting, but I felt as full as if I'd eaten a bowl of oatmeal.

I'm not sure I'll do that frequently, as I did miss having fruit for a snack later in the day, but if I hadn't weight it, I could have easily convinced myself that it was only two or three servings of fruit (with an apple that huge, you've got to be really good at self-denial to consider it one serving of fruit).

Primm
12-12-2008, 12:00 AM
A friend of mine came back from the US making this same comment not long ago. She said the fruit over there is absolutely enormous, but relatively tasteless. Do you guys find that your fruit is really bland, or is it just something you are used to so you don't notice?

Actually I realise that if you have no point of comparison it may taste "normal" to you. For those who have eaten fruit in other countries, what do you find?

canadianwoman
12-12-2008, 12:14 AM
Used to have a Jack Sprat relationship with DW; she'd take the smallest banana and I'd take the largest


For some reason, this cracked me right up. LOL.:D

kaplods
12-12-2008, 12:44 AM
Primm,

I have noticed that grocery store fruit tastes much blander than farmers' market fruit, and also some varieties of fruit have a lot less flavor than others. For example, Red and Golden Delicious apples, I think have almost no flavor at all, whereas Fuji are really good (though most are marked that they're coming from New Zealand or Australia, now that I think about it.)

In fact, New Zealand and Australian apples have a really good reputation for being very flavorful - sweet, tart, juicy, and crisp (the perfect combo, I think). The Honey Crisp variety grown in Wisconsin and I believe (originally) Minnesota is amazing. However, it's also about two to three times the cost of other varieties of apple. Bananas, nectarines, peaches, plums and pears are almost always sold under-ripe, so they have no flavor if you eat them right away or put them in the fridge. You've got to store them at room temperature to allow them to ripen.. The "Gold" varieties of pineapple from Hawaii are excellent and more predictably sweet than the cheaper varieites of pineapple (which seem to be disappearing though). There's a "white" low acid pineapple variety called Kona Sugarloaf that is supposed to be absolutely amazing, but I hear that its extremely rare to find one outside of Hawaii.

I've done a lot of experimenting (I love fruit) and I would say that fruit in US grocery stores is pretty hit and miss. Some is excellent and some is pretty mediocre. However, farmers' market and farmers' co-op fruit is of much higher quality and consistency. In the midwest, late spring to late fall is farmers' market season, though warmer states like California, Florida and Texas I'm told have year-round farmers' market access.

BlueToBlue
12-12-2008, 03:22 AM
Do you guys find that your fruit is really bland, or is it just something you are used to so you don't notice?

I think the fruit that is sold at grocery stores is completely tasteless, with only a few exceptions. But the fruit I buy at my farmers' market is divine! But that is because the farmers only sell fruit that is in season and picked when it is ripe (rather than picked before it is ripe and "ripened" with ethylene gas)--sometimes the fruit may have even been just picked that morning. And the farmers always offer samples, so I know how the fruit tastes before I buy it. If it doesn't taste good, I don't buy it.

evilwoman--two or three large bananas would be 25% (or possibly more) of the total calories I eat in a day. I love fruit, but it is so high in calories that I really have to ration it or I'm not going to get enough other nutrients. Especially bananas, which are some of the highest calorie fruits.

evilwomaniamshe
12-12-2008, 08:01 AM
evilwoman--two or three large bananas would be 25% (or possibly more) of the total calories I eat in a day. I love fruit, but it is so high in calories that I really have to ration it or I'm not going to get enough other nutrients. Especially bananas, which are some of the highest calorie fruits.

Hey Barbara,
Yes I am aware its one of the highest calorie fruits, other than dried fruit I suppose.... I know we are all unique individuals, so what works for me banana-wise obviously may not work for someone else. When I am eating my bananas I will think of Barbara and say dang 1/2 a banana, that chicky is GOOD!

Its their sweetness that I love.... About 1.5 years ago I had to give up splenda and all artificial sweeteners and I quit them all cold turkey being they gave me horrible stomach pains. I was od-ing on the fake sugar, I had it with my oatmeal, was in my fiber one cereal, was in my yogurt, my diet soda, my hot chocolate, it was in everything I was eating.

Now my banana's are my sugar of choice and I do not miss the fake sugars one I-oda and best of all I am stomach pain free.

Regarding the fruit, yeah it is hit and miss most weeks at the grocery store. I still have a bushel of apples from my trees in my crisper, YUM! I just came home from a vacation out of the country for a few weeks and the bananas were so tiny, short and skinny ( I literally ate 6 daily, don't cringe barbara, they were teeny tiny!) and in my opinion they had no flavor compared to the bananas here in the usa! Also the melons and watermelon werent that great over there either, but the kiwi and pineapple rocked!

Primm
12-12-2008, 08:29 AM
Primm,

I have noticed that grocery store fruit tastes much blander than farmers' market fruit, and also some varieties of fruit have a lot less flavor than others. For example, Red and Golden Delicious apples, I think have almost no flavor at all, whereas Fuji are really good (though most are marked that they're coming from New Zealand or Australia, now that I think about it.)

In fact, New Zealand and Australian apples have a really good reputation for being very flavorful - sweet, tart, juicy, and crisp (the perfect combo, I think). The Honey Crisp variety grown in Wisconsin and I believe (originally) Minnesota is amazing. However, it's also about two to three times the cost of other varieties of apple. Bananas, nectarines, peaches, plums and pears are almost always sold under-ripe, so they have no flavor if you eat them right away or put them in the fridge. You've got to store them at room temperature to allow them to ripen.. The "Gold" varieties of pineapple from Hawaii are excellent and more predictably sweet than the cheaper varieites of pineapple (which seem to be disappearing though). There's a "white" low acid pineapple variety called Kona Sugarloaf that is supposed to be absolutely amazing, but I hear that its extremely rare to find one outside of Hawaii.

I've done a lot of experimenting (I love fruit) and I would say that fruit in US grocery stores is pretty hit and miss. Some is excellent and some is pretty mediocre. However, farmers' market and farmers' co-op fruit is of much higher quality and consistency. In the midwest, late spring to late fall is farmers' market season, though warmer states like California, Florida and Texas I'm told have year-round farmers' market access.

Thanks for that. Yep, I'm pretty fortunate living where I do, I guess. I'm in south-east Queensland, so sub-tropical climate. And just west over the range is more mediterranean, so they grow all the stone fruits and grapes. We have the hugest variety of fruits within about 250 km, and they sell them in all the fruit shops.

I don't buy supermarket fruit and veg either. The fruit shops are cheaper, tastier, and more convenient for me (just round the corner instead of in the next suburb). Plus they pack my stuff in cardboard cartons so I don't have bags rolling round in the back parcel shelf of my little convertible when I go shopping!

JulieJ08
12-12-2008, 12:09 PM
Now my banana's are my sugar of choice and I do not miss the fake sugars one I-oda

Me too! Too bad it doesn't work in coffee ... :dizzy:

alinnell
12-12-2008, 12:42 PM
I wish our farmer's market had apples, but they just don't grow well out here. I've been getting my apples at Costco, and yes, they're huge, but quite tasty. I do manage to get some good melons and some good veggies at the farmer's market--when I have the time to get there (which isn't as often as I'd like).

JackieRn
12-13-2008, 12:10 PM
I like big fruit but have become the type who buys the smallest available. The size of fruit and the number of calories per serving of bigger versus smaller fruit is something I never thought of until I started using calorie king and saw the difference. I have figured out that if I eat the fruit whole like an apple or on orange it seems smaller than if I eat it cut up into sections. Strange right.