Additionally, the fruits have been given ratings indicating the degrees of 'sharpness' and 'sweetness'.
Whilst a fruit can be bitter, this doesn't necessary make it flat, and on the other hand, a fruit that's sweet doesn't mean it's bursting with tanginess/sharpness. You get the idea... or you will do anyway =)
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). I have also tried to be as accurate as possible ;-) Since this page is updated, expect to see more fruits featured here in the future. If you have any comments regarding this page, please email me at the usual address.
Here's a description of how the fruits are rated:
Any fruit which stands out in any way will receive an award!
Main ratings will be given for taste and weirdness.
|Winner of the "....." award|
Further seperate ratings will be given for sweet/bitter and sharp/flat.
|Weirdness factor: 10/20|
|Taste rating: 25/50||
The thin white line indicates the amount of each attribute
Total fruit reviewed thus far: 41
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, Pomegranite 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
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 seperately and much higher ranked). Nope - this one's over-ripe, 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 over-ripe yellow/brown banana, instead of the 'green' one. Typical...
|Weirdness factor: 1/20||
|Taste rating: 20/50||
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 foods. But as something to eat in its own right? Neah.....
|Weirdness factor: 3/20||
|Taste rating: 24/50||
I've tried out 4 types of grapefruit now, and can say with some confidence that the best has to be the white grapefruit. This is the version that scores so highly.
In order from worst to best we have:
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.
Slightly better than the yellow grapefruit. More sweet, though less sharp perhaps...
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 certanily see why...
The best! Less like a grapefruit and more like a Pomelo (but with a sharper taste), this is definitely what a grapefruit should
taste like. It should dominate the supermarket shelves!
|Winner of the "Most Mouthwatering fruit" award|
|Weirdness factor: 5/20||
|Taste rating: 39/50||
Oooh, this is a close call to the Rambutan. Its shape is that of a lemon, but longer, and with a cheesy looking skin.
Similar to the 'Paw Paw' in that the taste is virtually non-existant. Well, actually there is a very slight 'interesting' flavour there, but it's just dug /so/ very deep.
Also, what you don't
want to do is accidentally bite into the pips inside. They taste like stinging nettles and if you should bite sufficiently hard enough into one of these pips, they also sting a bit too on your tongue - cool I know.
|Winner of the "Most Insipid fruit" award|
|Weirdness factor: 11/20||
|Taste rating: 15/50||
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...
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.
|Weirdness factor: 12/20||
|Taste rating: 29/50||
|Weirdness factor: 13/20||
|Taste rating: 15/50||
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 Pomegranite 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 redcurrant, cherry and orange. If microsoft ever designed a fruit, the Pomegranite would surely be it.
|Winner of the MAD (Most Awkward Design) award|
|Weirdness factor: 14/20||
|Taste rating: 32/50||
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Fruits still yet to be rated:
Blood orange, marrs orange
Feijoas (pineapple guava)
Guava, Mexican guavas
Atemoya (/very/ sweet apparently)
the kaffir plum
Hautbois/Green strawberry (very nice apparently)
Fuchsia splendens (superior lemon?)
Feijoa (apparently very nice tasting like a cross
between pineapple and strawberry)
Goldenberry (apparently absolutely delicious)
Dwarf sumach (Very big/tasty fruit apparently)
Elderberry (rather unpleasant apparently)