Fruit Emporium - Pictures & Rankings

How much is a pineapple worth? Is a strawberry really better than a cherry? What does that spiky fruit at the supermarket actually taste like - does it taste any good? Where does the humble apple fit into all this? Every fruit analysed and rated according to how weird they taste and how /good/ they taste.
How much is a pineapple worth? Is a strawberry really better than a cherry? What does that spiky fruit at the supermarket actually taste like - does it taste any good? Where does the humble apple fit into all this? Every fruit analysed and rated according to how weird they taste and how /good/ they taste.
How much is a pineapple worth? Is a strawberry really better than a cherry? What does that spiky fruit at the supermarket actually taste like - does it taste any good? Where does the humble apple fit into all this? Every fruit analysed and rated according to how weird they taste and how /good/ they taste.









Additionally, the fruits have been given ratings indicating the degree of 'sharpness' and 'sweetness'. A fruit can be sour or bitter, but this doesn't necessary make it flat. On the other hand, a fruit that's sweet doesn't mean it's bursting with tanginess/sharpness. You get the idea... yet more useless trivia =)

Note: Ratings for taste are generally logarithmic, so a rating difference of about 6 points makes a real difference of double/half etc.

I have tried to taste as many of the fruits as I could (and on more than a couple of occasions in case it was off). Each fruit is assumed to be optimal in terms of ripeness and type. Naturally, I won't have tasted every kind, so expect to see numerous updates to this site in the future. Though not guaranteed, I have also tried to be as accurate and impartial as possible in my reviews ;-)

For further fruity goodness, visit the cool site at www.thefruitpages.com for a wealth of knowledge about fruit. Also, if you would like further technical information on many of the fruits on this page, then visit http://www.uga.edu/fruit/index.html

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Any fruit which stands out in any way will receive an award!
Winner of the "....." award

Main ratings will be given for taste and weirdness.
Weirdness factor: 10/20
Taste rating: 25/50

Further separate ratings will be given for sweet/bitter and sharp/flat.
The thin white line indicates the amount of each attribute




Total fruit reviewed thus far: 48


News for 25/3/02:
a: More ratings for each fruit including sharpness and sweetness ratings.
b: New tables categorising each factor by order of rating (soon to be complete).
c: Papaya, Cherimoya, Sharon fruit, Pomegranate and 4 types of grapefruit added.
d: Information changed/added to many other fruits.
e: Slight shuffle of fruit placements and a few bugs fixed too.
f: Special awards for certain fruits
News for 30/3/02:
Many more tweaks and adjustments to the ratings. Page sorted by 'weirdness factor' complete.

News for 10/4/02:
Fruit pictures added. In the future, expect art pictures of fruit for every one reviewed!

News for 29/4/02:
Lots more pictures of fruit. Also added the 'Date' fruit.

News for 2/5/02:
Another batch of fruit images complete. Only 14 more to go...

News for 6/5/02:
Fixed many bugs in page (esp. for Netscape). More fruit pics done and also added anchors and trivia for each fruit picture too.

News for 5/6/02:
Added fruit poll (vote now!) and increased score of Papaya.

News for 14/6/02:
Reviewed 6 more exotic fruits! Dragon fruit, Granadilla, Guava, Starfruit, Tamarillo and the awesome Mangosteen!

News for 18/07/03:
An update at last. Added further fact trivia, unreviewed fruit names, and juggled the fruit ratings a bit (such as upgrading the cherimoya). Also reviewed the worst fruit ever. Behold - the 'Tamarind'.

Survey: What's your favorite fruit?

I recommend you taste as many fruits as possible before voting. If you would like me to add a selectable fruit entry, or think I've under/over valued any fruit, then use the optional form to write comments along with your votes.
Pick carefully. You may take the whole poll again, but only after a month has passed - which should give you ample time to taste the rest of the fruit.
You may select up to 5 fruit
Apple
Apricot
Atemoya
Avocado
Banana
Bilberry
Blackberry
Black Sapote
Blueberry
Boysenberry
Cherimoya
Cherry
Clementine
Coconut
Date
Dragonfruit
Durian
Dwarf Sumach
Elderberry
Feijoa
Fig
Goldenberry
Golden currant
Grapes
Guava
Granadilla
Grapefruit
Gooseberry
Hautbois
Huckleberry
Jaboticaba
Kiwi fruit
Kumquat
Lemon
Lime
Loquat
Lychee
Mango
Mangosteen
Minneolas
Nectarine
Orange
Papaya
Passion
Paw Paw
Peach
Pear
Physalis
Pineapple
Plum
Pomegranate
Pomelo
Rambutan
Raspberry
Red currant
Sharon fruit
Starfruit
Strawberry
Strawberry
     Guava
Tamarillo
Tangerine
Tomato
Uglis
Watermelon
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Clementine
Coconut
Date
Dragonfruit
Fig
Granadilla
Grapes
Grapefruit
Gooseberry
Guava
Kiwi fruit
Kumquat
Lemon
Lime
Lychee
Mango
Mangosteen
Water/Melon
Nectarine
Orange
Papaya
Passion fruit
Pawpaw
Peach
Pear
Physalis
Pineapple
Plum
Pomegranate
Pomelo
Rambutan
Raspberry
Red currant
Sharon fruit
Starfruit
Strawberry
Tamarillo
Tangerine
Tomato



Tamarind

Wow. I don't think anything could quite match up to the 'fruit' under review here. The Tamarind consists of a sticky, dry, pulpy fruit which is 'contained' in a long, dull brown 'pod'. Before I sampled it, I had a hunch it wasn't going to taste very marvellous, but nothing could have prepared me for the profound taste sensation I was to experience.

It's truly the most boring, revolting fruit I have ever tasted. Words do not do this fruit justice, but see the review at this site which comes pretty close. I hear there's a sickly sweet version too. Spare me...   [Back to top]
Winner of the "Worst fruit" award
Weirdness factor: 12/20
Taste rating: 13/50

picture of rambutan 2% of you considered the rambutan one of your top five fruit.
Rambutan
Woah, this does look weird - like a lychee that's suddenly decided to de-evolve and grow hair. Apparently, it's meant to taste like a lychee too, so let's put the two to the test.
Hmm... right, ugh, yes, it /does/ taste like a lychee and even looks like one, but there's an extra element which gives it a 'fishy' flavour. Definitely low on the scale. Stick to the lychee.   [Back to top]

Weirdness factor: 14/20
Taste rating: 15/50


Dragon Fruit

The kiwi fruit's evil twin brother. Imagine if you will - rice pudding, but without the nice creamy flavour - and all the sugar taken out. This is definitely one of the most dull fruits you could hope to taste. It could also be said to taste like dirt (!) in both senses of the word. Hmmm... I've run out of good things to say about this fruit and I haven't even started on the bad points yet...   [Back to top]
Weirdness factor: 14/20
Taste rating: 15/50

Just like the tomato (and even the cucumber), the Avocado is more of a 'subfruit' with some of the properties of a vegetable.
22% of the Avocado is pure fat - the most of any fruit!
Avocado

A strange, creamy fruit. In fact it almost tastes like nothing. Except it doesn't quite taste like nothing. There's a 'subtle' eggy/creamy/nutty flavour. This isn't necessarily always a bad thing, but for a 'fruit', it's probably not advised. Anyway, if not for the taste, you might want to try it for its novelty. Just don't expect to enjoy it much.   [Back to top]

Except you've all rated this 22nd out of 64 in the survey. In fact 5% of you thought that it was among the top five fruit. You're all wrong of course ;-)

Weirdness factor: 13/20
Taste rating: 15/50

redcurrant picture
This is the fruit you've voted the worst, and not surprising really. In fact only 1 in every 300 people included this in their top 5 fruit.
Red currant
If there had to be a fruit that tasted like a cross between a typical citrus fruit and a poisonous plant - then this would be it. Not really meant to be eaten in its own right, it's usually used for contrast in puddings etc., but as this article rates each fruit stand-alone, then this will score fairly low. Cherries look the same, but are much bigger and tastier; eat those instead.   [Back to top]
Winner of the "Most Poisonous taste" award
Weirdness factor: 8/20
Taste rating: 17/50

Pawpaw

'Paw' by name - poor by nature. It is in fact even more boring than a watermelon if that's possible. Suffering from the same problems that plague other fruit, it basically tastes... a bit like a vegetable. I can't quite pin it down, but maybe something like cucumber or tomato.   [Back to top]

Winner of the "Most Insipid fruit" award
Weirdness factor: 6/20
Taste rating: 18/50

tamarillo picture
Originally called the Tree tomato, this erm... 'fruit' was renamed to Tamarillo for marketing purposes (natch). 1% of the people surveyed liked the Pawpaw.
Tamarillo

Also known as the "tree tomato", and tasting everything like how a tomato shouldn't. OK, well all being fair, there's a 'unique' umm... bitter mango (?) flavour. Like the tomato, it's probably best served with other food, but otherwise - generally best avoided.   [Back to top]



Weirdness factor: 6/20
Taste rating: 18/50

banana pictures An unusual variety of banana turns dark purple when ripe, but true banana buffs will want to try and get hold of the 'Ice-cream' Banana. It's actually blue in color (!) and tastes like vanilla custard. Even the texture is strange - something akin to marshmallow!
Banana - overripe (often with brown patches)
Right, I know I said how each fruit would be assumed to be the best of its kind, but I'm going to make an exception here. This is not the same banana as the 'green' banana (you'll see that one separately and much higher ranked). Nope - this one's overripe, and sure as heck it lets you know it. On a side note, I've noticed that all products claiming to be 'banana' flavour always imitate the dull overripe yellow/brown banana, instead of the 'green' one. Typical...
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Weirdness factor: 1/20
Taste rating: 20/50


picture of guava What I also hate about the guava is the stupid amount of small rock hard seeds inside. Could the deep green guava taste any better?
Guava
Firstly, the version under test is the lime green/yellow version with pinkish flesh inside. There's also a version with deep green skin and green/yellow flesh too - which might very well be tastier than this.
Anyway, just like the Tamarillo, it has a slightly off-putting (smoked) tomato flavour. Cross that with a plum or something. Worth tasting again?... I'd guava not!   [Back to top]
(At this point, the writer is taken at gunpoint to his fate* )

Weirdness factor: 7/20
Taste rating: 23/50
* He was force fed two thousand rambutans swilled down with a dragonfruit milkshake - a fate worse than death.

Persimmon (Sharon fruit)
A tomato shaped fruit except it has a yellowy golden colour to it. Taste is ummm.... sorta subtle peach taste, and quite a bit of the bland 'cucumber' taste, but saltier. Something like that. Interestingly though, I've been informed that the 'Fuyu Persimmon' is much tastier, so I'll look out for this.   [Back to top]

Weirdness factor: 10/20
Taste rating: 23/50

tomato picture
The top of a tomato makes a great pretend spider! Make someone's day, and hand it to them >;)
Tomato

Making it into the fruit section by technical definition alone, this 'fruit' tastes more like a vegetable. Despite the low-ish mark, it comes into its own when cooked and used with other food. But as something to eat in its own right? Neah.....
Add six points on top though for the tastier 'Cherry tomato'.   [Back to top]

Weirdness factor: 3/20
Taste rating: 24/50
kumquat
Kumquat
Looking like a tangerine in a time warp, this tiny thing is... well a sad excuse for a lemon actually. Slightly sweeter than lemons maybe, but there's so little there that you'd have to be the size of one to attempt to enjoy it...   [Back to top]

Weirdness factor: 8/20
Taste rating: 24/50

lemon picture
Lemon
Surely the most bitter/acidic fruit, the humble lemon gets the award for the fruit most used as a flavour but something which is rarely eaten raw. Some like it raw (like my brother - but then he's mad ;)   [Back to top]

Winner of the "Most Sharp/bitter" award
Weirdness factor: 3/20
Taste rating: 24/50

picture of lime
Lime
Barely any different from the lemon unfortunately, so it's just as bitter.
Lime cordial and (especially) lime jelly always smells so nice. Can't say the same for the fruit for some reason :-/ There's an extremely unique flavour there - it's just dug real deep. Perhaps something to try after eating the miracle fruit though!   [Back to top]

Weirdness factor: 4/20
Taste rating: 25/50

clementine
Clementine
Similar to the tangerine/satsuma/mandarin, but worse basically. A watered down version, one could say it is slightly 'off' (sour?) when put up against the tangerine.   [Back to top]

Weirdness factor: 3/20
Taste rating: 26/50

Date
This is the first time I tried the date in its un-dried version. Looking like a strange kind of onion (or plant bulb for that matter), this weird fruit could be said to have the taste of a slightly salty watermelon or a 'subtle' version of a pear. Nothing spesh.   [Back to top]

Weirdness factor: 7/20
Taste rating: 27/50

apricot
Apricot
I can't remember tasting one of these before. Shape is reminiscent of a peach. As for flavour... hmmmm... a bit of pear, plum and peach but not really as good as any of these. No actual unique taste as such.   [Back to top]

Weirdness factor: 6/20
Taste rating: 27/50

picture of watermelon
There are two main varieties of melon - 'watermelons' and 'muskmelons' (such as the 'Cantaloupe' and 'Honeydew').
Watermelon / Melon
The heavyweight of the fruit world. Hmm.... a fairly tasteless fruit, but not bad nonetheless. Similar to the Kiwi fruit in texture and even in taste - but with all the juicy tang squeezed out, thus tasting closer to the dull cucumber. Very big - that's for sure.
I recently tasted the slightly more favourable 'Honey dew' melon, but it still has that typical 'cucumber' taste that seems to plague all (water)melons.   [Back to top]

Winner of the "Biggest fruit" award
Weirdness factor: 6/20
Taste rating: 28/50

blueberry

No; these do not look like mini-bombs =P
Blueberry
Effectively an inferior version of the blackberry, this tiny blue-black fruit bears much in common with the red-currant... well at least as far as size goes.
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Winner of the "Smallest fruit" award
Weirdness factor: 6/20
Taste rating: 28/50

picture of cherimoya ......
Cherimoya
Also known as the 'custard apple', the cherimoya is a large pear shaped fruit, but with a green 'mottled' surface - which upon opening reveals a white avocado-esque centre. After the horrors with /that/ particular fruit, I braced myself for the worst. Hmmm... well it turned out to be quite strange, and not as bad as the avocado, but still mediocre. Taste combines a hint of avocado, with a touch of overripe banana and a pinch of pear. Hmmm indeed. Perhaps a less ripe version would have impressed me more.   [Back to top]
Weirdness factor: 10/20
Taste rating: 28/50

mango picture No this is not, I repeat /not/ a golden egg or Gorgonzola cheese or anything of the sort - it's a mango. M.. A.. N.. G.. O
Mango

One of the most overrated fruit I have come across, the relatively large Mango tastes quite nice in a way, with a tangy, chunky texture. Unfortunately, it also suffers a problem quite common among the less popular fruits in that it has a slight vegetable flavour. The culprit in question is the parsnip.
I haven't exactly tried every variety though, so I'll consider an upranking in future. I'm not quite sure what it's doing in the top three fruit surveyed though =P   [Back to top]
Weirdness factor: 7/20
Taste rating: 28/50

picture of physalis
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Physalis

Also known as the 'Caped Gooseberry' or 'Goldenberry'. Tasting like a cross between a cherry and a peach with a slight hint of cucumber, this very small fruit doesn't taste bad. It could do with a shift in size though...   [Back to top]

Weirdness factor: 12/20
Taste rating: 28/50

picture of granadilla
Granadilla
Another hard one to pin down. The inside 'membrane' jelly substance is similar to the passion fruit, and the taste isn't bad - kinda like a cross between a watered down kiwi fruit, fermented grapes and I think I can even detect a slight 'bubble gum' flavour too.

Unfortunately though, it suffers the same problem that plagues the Pomegranate;- the fruit or 'gel' is contained around several inedible seeds. So you spend more time extracting the fruit rather than actually eating it.   [Back to top]

Weirdness factor: 8/20
Taste rating: 30/50

picture of passionfruit
Passion fruit
Now first glance at this, and you'd be forgiven for thinking it was a badly bruised apple. Also, on opening, the contents look quite revolting! But the proof of the pudding is in the eating as they say, and so I decided to risk biting into this number (I don't know, the things I do for you lot). Hmm.... not bad actually - kinda sickly sweet, but a very unique flavour. Lots of pips - that's for sure.   [Back to top]

Winner of the "Sickly Sweet" award
Weirdness factor: 14/20
Taste rating: 30/50

Lychee
This small fruit contains an extra-added unique flavour on top of an ordinary grape. Apparently, there's a more preferable version of the lychee with a deeper red shell - also recognised by the fact that there's no surplus fluid once the shell is broken. I've yet to try this kind.   [Back to top]

Weirdness factor: 9/20
Taste rating: 31/50

Pomegranate
Woah this does bring back memories. It is an understatement to say this is awkward to eat. The rankings for all the fruit listed on this page do /not/ take into account ease of eating (or peeling) which is why the Pomegranate scores so highly, but it would certainly score lower if this factor was taken into account.
You open the thing up and there's an inedible 'pulp skeleton' with loads of small seeds roughly on the inside. So where's the fruit you may ask? Well, believe it or not, the fruit is contained in a very small 'bag' around each seed. So all you have to do is take out each seed and painfully bite around each one. It's a bit like eating hundreds of tiny plums! Taste is a cross between red currant, cherry and orange. If Microsoft ever designed a fruit, the Pomegranate would surely be it.   [Back to top]

Winner of the MAD (Most Awkward Design) award
Weirdness factor: 14/20
Taste rating: 32/50

papaya
Papaya
Lemon shaped but longer, and with a cheesy looking skin.
I previously gave this a low rating, but have since tried one with much more flavour - and have therefore passed the "Winner of the most Insipid fruit" award to the pawpaw. The taste is akin to the melon, but with a more refined, sweeter taste.
What you don't want to do though - is accidentally bite into the pips inside. They taste like black pepper or stinging nettles, and just like nettles, they also sting your tongue - cool I know.   [Back to top]

Weirdness factor: 11/20
Taste rating: 32/50

starfruit There are two main varieties of the Starfruit (also known as the 'carambola'). The other type is very sour, but it's the 'slightly sweet' version which is reviewed.
Star fruit (Carambola):
Well, it certainly looks cool enough - but how does it taste? Well, similar to a watered down pineapple or apple, and almost as crunchy.
On top of this though, there's an extra flavour creeping through... plasticine(!). Once you've 'acquired' a taste for it though, it's kinda refreshing. Ish. Oh, the peel is edible by the way.   [Back to top]

Winner of the "Most geometrically perfect fruit" award
Weirdness factor: 13/20
Taste rating: 32/50

gooseberry
Gooseberry
A 'sharp' and bitter version of the grape, with the best variety tasting sweeter (and looking redder) than the 'average' gooseberry. Watch out for the weird half-edible spiky skin though.   [Back to top]

Weirdness factor: 6/20
Taste rating: 33/50

picture of coconut
Despite the coconut's erm... 'non-fruitness', other 'nuts' such as the pistachio are actually fruits - can you believe...
Coconut:

One of those fruits that has more potential used as a flavour in something else rather than eaten raw in its own right. A highly unique flavour, this fruit is one of the biggest and hardest to open of fruits. Not technically a fruit, but never mind :P   [Back to top]

Winner of the "This isn't a fruit - you nut" award
Weirdness factor: 11/20
Taste rating: 33/50

apple picture
Strange but true: Each tiny apple seed contains a minute dose of the poisonous chemical - cyanide, so don't swallow too many!
Apple

Mundane, fairly dull, but quite edible. Overall, a bit overrated ;) Not a great deal of variation between all the different types of apple either... (incredibly, there are 7000 varieties - of which only about 100 are commercially produced).
Having said this, it is a better fruit to eat if peeled, so add a few points in that case.   [Back to top]

Winner of the "Most Common fruit" award
Weirdness factor: 0/20
Taste rating: 34/50

raspberry
Raspberry:
A unique tasting fruit shaped similar to the blackberry. Did you know that the raspberry isn't technically one fruit - but many fruits - combining to form one compound fruit. Technically known as a 'syncarp' fruit.   [Back to top]

Weirdness factor: 5/20
Taste rating: 35/50

pear pictures
Pear:
Similar to an apple, the pear has a somewhat more subtle flavour. Easier to eat too, according to what time you eat it (an apple always stays rock hard).   [Back to top]


Weirdness factor: 4/20
Taste rating: 35/50

picture of peach Incidentally, the same tree that produces the peach, also produces the nectarine!
Peach

"Peaches" - arghhh, the first thing that springs to mind is the irritating rough/furry skin! Providing you don't mind this, they have a similar to taste to a 'standard' nectarine (but maybe don't quite match up to the to the deluxe nectarines).   [Back to top]


Weirdness factor: 4/20
Taste rating: 36/50

Grapefruit (white)
picture of grapefruit As nice as they are, the problem with grapefruits is that they tend to leave a rather bitter taste in the mouth afterwards. This is usually thanks to the white skin sticking like a leech to the edible flesh inside. Oranges have this problem too, but not so nearly as bad the grapefruit does. I've tried out all 4 types of grapefruit now, but they do tend to vary according to how ripe they are, so ranking is tricky. I'll try my best though.
Yellow grapefruit This is the most 'boring' and 'typical' grapefruit. Quite good really, with obvious citrusy overtones, but it does leave an unpleasant bitter taste in the mouth afterwards.
Red grapefruit Slightly better than the yellow grapefruit. More sweet, though less sharp perhaps...
White grapefruit Closer to the Pink grapefruit, one version I had reduced the bitter flavour to a minimum.
Pink grapefruit This is more like it. Sweeter than the average grapefruit, this is the same flavour they use for the various squash drinks available. I can certainly see why...   [Back to top]

Winner of the "Most Mouth-watering fruit" award
Weirdness factor: 5/20
Taste rating: 36/50

pictures of grapes
If you slice grapes in a certain way, and heat them in a microwave, you'll get a cool firework display! For details, visit a cool site about microwaving stuff
Grape (green/purple):

The seedless variety of the grape is a must if you want to stay sane. If there had to be a default flavour for a 'tangy' fruit - the grape would be it.
The purple variety is slightly preferable thanks to being a tad sweeter.   [Back to top]


Weirdness factor: 2/20
Taste rating: 37/50

Blackberry
blackberry A sweet and tangy fruit very often found in back gardens or fields. The only downer being that the quality of the average blackberry is less than exceptional - with many being overripe, underripe and the occasion where you get more than you bargained for (maggots anyone? ;-/ ). But the best one is on trial here, so it gets a total...   [Back to top]

Winner of the ITP (Insect's Thumbs Up) award
Weirdness factor: 5/20
Taste rating: 37/50

picture of fig One type of Fig can claim the title of being the sweetest of all fruits. 55% of it is sugar!
Fig
The dried fig tastes boring, but if you've ever tasted the fresh version, you'll find that it's one of the most subtle fruits going. Very hard to describe the flavour, but try to avoid the type of fig with a redder center, as this 'tangy' element doesn't contrast well and spoils the flavour somewhat.
Out of the hundreds of fig varieties, only around half a dozen types are commericially produced. Perhaps the most notable are the 'Calimyrna', 'Mission', 'Kadota', and 'Adriatic' Figs (see end of page for description).   [Back to top]

Weirdness factor: 8/20
Taste rating: 37/50

picture of plum
Plum
Effectively an overgrown cherry, the plum has a nice 'chunky' texture. Fairly big, tangy, sweet, easy to eat - what more could you want? Also similar in taste to a nectarine.   [Back to top]

Weirdness factor: 4/20
Taste rating: 37/50

Mangosteen
picture of mangosteen
Unfortunately, the mangosteen isn't very well known, and so is poorly ranked in the survey (receiving only 53 votes out of every 2273).
Wow - another surprise. The milky/transparent colour of the fruit is weird enough, but the taste is quite... unusual - and delicious! Just like a tangerine, each mangosteen is comprised of numerous 'mini-segments'. I only wish there was more of it - each segment is small enough to make this fruit a delicacy.
As for the taste... oooh, tricky. Something like grape - but with a subtle nutty flavour. This is one fruit that's definitely worth having again.   [Back to top]

Weirdness factor: 12/20
Taste rating: 37/50

tangerine
See here and here for the main varieties of tangerine. I want to try that Murcott...
Tangerine
The tangerine under scrutiny here is the one most often sold around Christmas, and is very similar is appearance and taste to the Satsuma Mandarin, and superior to the clementine. Blissfully easy to peel compared to its cousin - the orange, this sweet fruit also tastes somewhat similar, but with a slightly less tangy flavour.   [Back to top]

It would appear that the tangerine is one of the most underrated fruit in the survey - surrounded by the Kumquat and Tomato. You even think the Lychee and Guava is better (!)... (yeah... right =).

Winner of the "Easiest To Peel" award
Weirdness factor: 2/20
Taste rating: 37/50


banana pictures
Banana (yellow/green)
How a banana should taste, and not anything like the yellow/brown banana thank goodness. Everyone is used to what a banana tastes like, but it is fairly unusual in that there's not an ounce of citric-y-ness (cheers) to it - i.e. nothing like an apple/orange.
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Weirdness factor: 3/20
Taste rating: 37/50

picture of pineapple
Pineapple

After the banana, this is the most popular tropical fruit, which isn't surprising really - considering it tastes as good as it looks. An unusual fruit in the sense that no other fruit quite has its taste. One of the most acidic too...   [Back to top]



Winner of the "Coolest Looking fruit" award
Weirdness factor: 8/20
Taste rating: 38/50

picture of cherries
Did you know; As well as the usual red and black varieties, you can also get yellow cherries... Sweeter too, apparently.   [Back to top]
Cherry

Very nice - and similar to the plum, with their small size being their obvious drawback. erm..... they look shiny too.
Did I mention that they looked shiny?
Note: the dried version of a cherry (often put on top of cakes etc.) is nowhere near as nice - and in fact tastes like something else altogether (the tamarind springs to mind for some reason).   [Back to top]

Weirdness factor: 4/20
Taste rating: 39/50

Another massively underrated fruit this. Also known as the 'Pummelo', and the father of the grapefruit.
Pomelo!
A real surprise this. It's hardly known and even comes into the exotic/tropical category, but in taste, it combines a subtle orange, a bit of tangerine and a slight grapefruit flavour. The pomelo has the appearance of a grapefruit too, but it's sweeter, and more refined, and should dominate the supermarket shelves instead! Definitely one of the top citrus fruits - try one ASAP.   [Back to top]

Weirdness factor: 5/20
Taste rating: 39/50

orange picture Did you know: In the tropics, oranges are often coloured green.
Orange!!

One of the most popular fruit... and with good reason. Just like the others, this is the most 'ideal' of oranges under judgement. Well, who can resist. Very citrusy, and much like a lemon, but not as bitter, thus better.
One of the best things about oranges is the juice you can extract from them. Freshly squeezed juice will also taste a million times better than the insipid 'orange juice' you can get in shops. This nifty fruit extractor from Black and Decker would do the job nicely.   [Back to top]

Weirdness factor: 2/20
Taste rating: 40/50
picture of nectarine ......
Nectarine!!!

No doubt, you're wondering how this got such a high rating. The usual variety of nectarines are actually nice, but I have actually tasted some variety that's better in every way. These are the variety that have scored so highly...   [Back to top]

Weirdness factor: 4/20
Taste rating: 42/50

Kiwi fruit!!!!

A semi-exotic fruit, the kiwi, also known as the 'Chinese gooseberry', is awesome in its subtlety of flavour - and is superior in every way to the watermelon. A tangy, sweet pulp, with a dreamy texture, it goes without saying this fruit is highly recommended. Now all we need are watermelon-sized Kiwi fruits!
Incidentally, you all ranked the kiwi fruit 6th in the survey. Nice going!
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Weirdness factor: 6/20
Taste rating: 42/50

picture of strawberry
The strawberry is ranked first in the survey too! 25% of you include it in your top 5 fruit.
Strawberry!!!!!

Arguably the best tasting fruit when freshly picked. Their only real drawback is the fairly small size - and the fact that they quickly go off if not eaten within a couple of days (which is why you'll rarely be able to experience the best strawberries straight from the shops).   [Back to top]



Winner of the "Best fruit" award
Weirdness factor: 4/20
Taste rating: 43/50


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Fruits still yet to be rated:

Special mention must go first to: Miracle fruit
Truly an amazing fruit - I can't wait to try this. After eating it, you'll find nothing special about it, but just try tasting a lemon afterwards... - it'll taste amazing! The usually bitter lime too will at last taste like how a lime should taste. Almost every trace of 'sourness' will have vanished from the most sour of fruit... and what's more - this taste bud altering effect remains for half an hour.
See http://www.crfg.org/pubs/ff/miraclefruit.html for more info

Durian (the 'King' of fruit): Some love it, some hate it. I've yet to try it :)
Atemoya: /very/ sweet apparently
Hautbois/Green strawberry: (very nice apparently)
Feijoa: (apparently very nice tasting like a cross between pineapple and strawberry)
Dwarf sumach: (Very big/tasty fruit apparently).
Elderberry: (rather unpleasant apparently)
Fuchsia splendens: (superior lemon?)
Jaboticaba: 'delicious'
Cranberry: (should be cooked). Apparently, ripe cranberries will bounce, hence it's alternative name 'bounceberry'.
Meyer Lemon: A cross between a lemon and mandarin orange.
Tangelo: A cross between a tangerine and a grapefruit - tangier than a tangerine, and sweeter than a grapefruit.
Tangor: Also known as the 'temple orange'. It looks like a tangerine but tastes like an orange.
Jackfruit: Quote from this site: "Huge, green or yellow compound fruit containing large bulbs of yellow, banana-pineapple flavored flesh. Texture is either like raw oysters or crisp and almost crunchy.". Someone in the poll also claimed it was delicious.
Longan: Claimed very delicious.
Aratiles: A fruit?
The five fruits below are taken from this Manila Times article and are claimed to be delicious:
Ratiles
Mabolo
Kasoy
Kamachile
Duhat
Atieza
Salak: Also said to be very delicious (thanks to someone from the survey!)
Jicama and sweet peppers: Technically a fruit. Well, on the borderline at least.
Cashew and pistachio: Yes, they are technically subfruit too, coming from the same family as the Mango (Anacardiaceae).
Black Sapote: Also known as the chocolate fruit!
White sapote: Quote from this site: "Roundish thin-skinned fruit, light green to orange-yellow; yellow or white inside with a custard-like texture and peach or banana-like taste. Seeds look like large orange seeds."
Murcott: Quote from this site: "In Florida called Honey. Flesh orange colored. Tender, very juicy, rich tangerine flavor."
Different types of fig: (condensed description from California Figs:
The Calimyrna Fig: Nut-like flavour with tender, golden skin, and apparently the favourite, though I can't vouch for this.
The Mission Fig: Distinctive flavor, with a deep purple shade.
The Kadota Fig: Thick-skinned with a beautiful creamy amber color when ripe.
The Adriatic Fig: The most common variety. This fig has a golden colour and high sugar content.
About 30 different types of melon! (see http://www.thefruitpages.com/melons.shtml for a full list.)
Some other uncommon citrus variants: Uglis, Minneolas etc. (see http://www.thefruitpages.com/oranges.shtml for more info)


and the rest...

Blood orange, marrs orange
Valencia
Ponderosa lemon
Feijoas (pineapple guava)
Mexican guava
sapote blanco
Surinam
Barbados cherry
Java plum
Sugar apple
Strawberry guava
Loquat
Salmonberry (Cloudberry)
'Football fruit'
Breadfruit
Pink currant
White currant
Hackberry
Mamey Sapote
Pluot/Plucot
Guyabano
Lanzones
Langka
Plantain
Mamey
Kava
Wolfberry
Kaffir plum
Mammey
Dwarf quince
Japanese quince
Shallon
Maidenhair vine
Yacon
Wild cherry
Golden currant
Ramanas rose
Nepalese raspberry
Japanese yew
Hardy Kiwifruit (Dessert Kiwi)
Boysenberry
Bilberry
Huckleberry
Albino (White blackberry)
Acerola (Barbados cherry)
Sapodilla
Ausubo
Muscadine grape
Medlar
Crabapple
Chico
Santol
Atis
Buffaloberry


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