By request, I will clarify further the apple rating system by bringing up a few examples. With this method, you too can quantify any fruit you come across subjectively but with the air of objectivity.
First off, where the apple stands, and all
of the eight different features a fruit is rated by:
• Overall flavor
. How's the fruit taste? Apples vary a bit from color and breed, and some are certainly better than others, but overall I'd say that most apples taste "okay." The lemon, lime, or tomato rate poorly in terms of flavor.
. This is a combination of how portable it is, and the "can-I-dig-right-in" factor. An apple shines in this attribute, weighing no more than 1-2 lbs. and being almost a perfect sphere, and you can sink your teeth right into an apple without worry of natural defenses. Peaches, Nectarines, Plums, etc all rate high here, whereas fruits like Pineapples, the Durian
, Watermelon, Cantelope, etc all score poorly. You do not
want to try to stick a Durian in your book bag, lemme tell ya.
• Size per unit.
People often overlook this. An apple rates well in this aspect as well. It's not so small that it doesn't put a dent in my appetite, but it's not so big that I wouldn't be able to eat two in one sitting unless I was really hungry. People often say "Oh man, strawberries
are the best." This rating system is interested in rating the best single
fruit. Plurality is a disqualification. And yes, while a single strawberry tastes great
, it won't provide an appreciable amount of sustenance. Blueberry, Huckleberry, Raspberry, Kumquat, a cherry tomato etc all rate very poorly here.
. Some fruits very a lot from sample to sample. Fruits that are uniform in shape, deliver an expected flavor range, and keep their texture rate high here. An apple is an "okay" example, but sometimes they are soft and sometimes quite crisp. Cantelope, Grapefruit, and Nectarine do a bit better. Fruits like the Strawberry, Orange, or Pear do poorly.
• Shelf Life.
How long will this fruit last in a fruit bowl? Note that some fruits are typically stored in a refrigerator, and those fruits take a hit in this department because anything
lasts longer in a chilled environment, so it would be unfair to give those fruits a handicap. The apple does pretty good here as well, being surpassed only by the lemon, lime, and the larger melons. Bananas by far were the worst in this category.
• Inedible parts.
Some fruits become garbage after being consumed, while others are simply ate whole and are done with. It's a bit inconvenient to try to find a garbage can if you're on the couch, so fruits should be measured by this rating. Apples have a core with seeds that are even egregious enough to contain [url-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple#Apple_facts]deadly poison[/url]. However, this core is relatively small and while still a nuisance, not nearly as bothersome as the Mango pit, Peach pit, or black seeds in a watermelon.
. Let's face it, options are nice. Some fruit come in only one kind really: Cantelope, Honeydew, and Pineapple to name a few. The variations of the apple are great, here. There was some debate as to whether if Satsuma counted as a variation of the orange or was it's own distinct fruit. It was eventually agreed that the Orange had almost as many variations as the apple.
• Cost per pound/unit
. While just about all fruits can be had for a relatively little amount of money, it's nice to be able to just fork a buck or two. Watermelon perhaps is the best per pound cost, but it has a relatively high up front cost. Apples seem to be always decently priced, except for the Honeycrisp variety. Oranges are good as well, but Satsumas have a high up front cost since they almost always come in boxes.
So now you understand why Canned Peaches took the gold metal. They're unrivaled in flavor, consistency, shelf life, and size per unit. I've seen them on sale at the grocery store for as little as 79¢!! Sure, they have an inedible part and low accessibility, but overall these are outweighed by the previously mentioned strong suits.
However, in the interest of sticking to natural
fruits, there is
only ONE fruit that seems to do well in all of these categories: Grapes
. Grapes actually tied
Mango at 4 apples, but wasn't mentioned due to complications in the Size category. A grape isn't a berry, but should just one grape be judged, or the whole bush? Grapes also have a unique advantage in the Consistency category. If one grape is bad, you can just pluck another at your whim. Each grape is a new chance. While one grape is puny, an entire bush of grapes is plenty. Or, I could just rip off one branch, thus customizing how much Grape I want. They seem to last only a little less than an apple. Overall, I'd say grapes are great.
If judging by the entire bush, I'd trade 5 apples for a bush of grapes, making them winner by technicality.