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When & what was your last real-ripened (non-fauxd) fruit/veggie experience?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 25, 2011 at 4:12 AM

Let me explain -- I, obviously, eat Paleo -- and in doing so, I eat plenty of veggies and fruits, the other day I had business lunch near *Santa Barbara, California and in my salad, I was given an avocado.

It blew my mind. I haven't tasted an avocado like that for +10 years.

Everything about it --- texture, fragrance, taste -- sung the fact that it had been left to ripen on the tree and picked at the right time from the tree.

Even we Paleo folks, who buy fruit/veggies from farmers markets, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's -- eat so much "fauxd" (fauxd = faux food e.g. tomatoes that look & feel ripe but have no flavor to speak of), that sometimes you forget what real food tastes like.

When was your last non-fauxd experience?

*They grow avocados in the Santa Barbara area.

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on July 25, 2011
at 07:26 PM

yum! that sounds good!

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on July 25, 2011
at 03:07 PM

Fresh picked strawberries are the best!!! So much fun for the kiddos, too!

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on July 25, 2011
at 04:21 AM

This morning I had an omelet made with eggs from my pastured chickens and thinly sliced summer squash and tomatoes from my garden.

While I was working in my garden I picked and ate the juicy miniature plums from my neighbors tree that grows over my fence.

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667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on July 25, 2011
at 12:16 PM

Basil that I grow on my balcony tastes pretty darn good. Its led me to believe that eating-right-after-it's-picked is perhaps more important than organic-or-not, etc. i eat this stuff like 5 minutes after I snip it off the plant.

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on July 25, 2011
at 04:55 AM

There are many farms here in Colorado that allow you to pick your own. Organic Strawberries picked in the summer, right from the vine to your lips... No greater taste in the world.

My son and I go several times throughout the year, and he eats more than we pick. Such fun.

when-&-what-was-your-last-real-ripened-(non-fauxd)-fruit/veggie-experience?

5437163ddf70d4532f196bfb4333753e

(3614)

on July 25, 2011
at 03:07 PM

Fresh picked strawberries are the best!!! So much fun for the kiddos, too!

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B14dc4aa1ddefbec3bc09550428ee493

on July 25, 2011
at 04:16 AM

The best thing ever is eating a tomato from my mother's garden. Oh. My. God. There is just no comparison. Supermarket tomatoes are just so bland.

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on July 25, 2011
at 10:33 AM

Teeny little strawberries and tomatoes from my friends box garden around the corner. Warm from the sun, no water to clean just brushed off with fingers and popped into mouth. The best candy in the entire world.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on July 25, 2011
at 05:30 AM

We went to Mexico and ate mangoes ripened on the tree- maybe bad, but oh so GOOD!

Now our raspberries are ripening in the yard and they will be the next treat.

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Fe535c4994ac6176f76e1ff6d29eb08a

on July 25, 2011
at 07:16 PM

Ive been making a lot of my own ice cream (since going paleo I can get away with almost no sugar). The mint in my garden was starting to take over so I made fresh mint chip that was out of this world. Literally minutes from being cut to steeping in the pot.

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on July 25, 2011
at 07:26 PM

yum! that sounds good!

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5437163ddf70d4532f196bfb4333753e

(3614)

on July 25, 2011
at 03:06 PM

The wife brought some fresh basil and tomatoes home from the farmer's market and made a homemade creamy tomato basil soup with full fat whipping cream and a full stick of grass fed butter. Liquid heaven.

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8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

(8989)

on July 25, 2011
at 02:46 PM

tomatoes from my garden

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345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on July 25, 2011
at 01:35 PM

eating local fruits here is an adventure as I'm not sure what they are most of the time, sometimes neither are they!

Mangostinos

Guanabana

Guava

Mangos

fresh figs

passion fruit

papaya

dragon fruit

lulo

all exotics and generally fresh from the vine, tree, etc.!!

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5437163ddf70d4532f196bfb4333753e

(3614)

on July 25, 2011
at 12:32 PM

Just enjoyed some freshly picked Michigan blueberries this weekend with some homemade whipped cream. Ohhhhhhh, baby!

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27e79ef3308bb5f2d7bd04ee7eea7b79

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on July 25, 2011
at 10:09 AM

Fresh local blackberries and blueberries from the farmer's market yesterday. So good. And yes, I trust the grower - it was picked when ripe, the day before.

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F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on July 26, 2011
at 06:32 PM

Just to play devil's advocate...My co-worker brought me a big bowl of beautiful cherries from his tree. (His only form of pesticide is a giant net over the tree to keep out birds). I took them home and sat down to pig out, every single one of them had lots of live worms!! So much for fresh from the tree and organic.HaHa! Ok so that story was an exception - There is something extra yummy about eating a tomato and lemon cucumber salad when they are still warm from the sunshine.

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on July 25, 2011
at 07:09 PM

I went to a forrest today and gathered some wild porcinis (boletus edulis) and some chantarelles. Theres a ton of them. I am sure nordic caveman wouldnt bother much to hunt in summer, much easier just to pick some berries and mushrooms. I can pick like 4lbs of berries easily in one day. Experienced grok maybe much more :)

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on July 25, 2011
at 04:56 PM

Living in southern california I have to ditto the amazing avocados fresh from the farmers market. Even the "local" avocados from Trader Joes don't match up. Also my hubby gets strawberries from a local farmer at a farmers market near his work every Monday. Picked that very morning. They are truly divine!

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