How China (and My Chinese Husband) Helped Me Love Grapes & Other Fresh Fruit | Speaking of China

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  1. baixiaotai
    baixiaotai July 4, 2016 at 9:33 am | | Reply

    😀 There are some fruits worse in China than in Poland: cherries, apples and raspberries, blueberries and a lot of other berries 😀 But I agree, the REAL taste of bananas, pomelos, pineapples, mangoes and so on I discovered right after I came to China 🙂

  2. maria
    maria July 4, 2016 at 11:33 am | | Reply

    i agree with you, China fruits are delicious. my husband bought bunches of grapes,oranges,tomatoes and bananas during my stay and they were all delicious. including the lychees and kiwi. too much of them that i baked a cake using the fruits such as the orange as the flavor of the cake and as well made the cake design using the fruits. 🙂

  3. gordon chung
    gordon chung July 5, 2016 at 12:38 am | | Reply

    could it be that the fruits are fresh and that’s why they taste so good ???
    someone i know went to Hawaii for vacation and said the pineapple there taste a lot better than the ones here in Canada. We both agreed that it is probably because it was fresh in Hawaii, by the time it gets to Canada, it no longer has the aroma of freshness. same as the Philippine mango we have here, it is just not the same taste as the ones i have in Hong Kong.

  4. Marta
    Marta July 5, 2016 at 10:05 am | | Reply

    Interesting! Fruit is very good and fresh in Spain, so I didn’t experience anything special with fruit in China. I did try some fruits that we don’t have in Spain, like waxberries, lychees, mangosteens, passion fruit…

    I did have a revelation similar to yours when I went to the Philippines. I had never liked mangoes, but I had never tried mangoes so sweet and delicious! Now I love them, but the ones I buy here as not as good as the ones I ate there.

  5. Autumn
    Autumn July 6, 2016 at 1:15 am | | Reply

    Ha, I felt the same way the first time I had a tomato from the farmer’s market instead of the grocery store: “THIS is a tomato? Where have you been keeping this all my life?!” American supermarket fruits are terrible — picked early, refrigerated, mass produced, etc.

    Little wine grapes from the farmer’s market are also amazing. 🙂

  6. Anna
    Anna July 6, 2016 at 9:46 am | | Reply

    Delicious grapes! I can absolutely relate to this experience. Not that I didn’t like grapes before coming to China, but they just didn’t taste the same. The fresh grapes locally grown here are heaven!

    I haven’t really rediscovered any fruits after moving to China. Maybe discovered new fruits like mangoes or pomelo. Personally I am more disappointed with the variety of local products. The reason might simply be the location we live in. I really really love strawberries and cherries, but you can’t get cherries here. Ever. And strawberries only are available in winter (which makes no sense to me at all!). Also I find the locally grown tomatoes and cucumbers tasteless. To make more money and avoid fruits and vegetables from getting spoilt before they can sell them, most farmers here harvest them half ripe. So you end up with green tomatoes or green peaches in supermarkets… results: they taste like nothing…

    But one of my favorite local produce, even though it’s not a fruit, is corn 😀 My mother-in-law plants corn just for me every year. Selling it would bring in no money, so she just plants enough for me to eat. The best time of the year. I can live on corn haha

  7. maria
    maria July 6, 2016 at 4:51 pm | | Reply

    Thank you Marta. Yes,our Mangoes from my country taste real delicious. Hope you can once again visit my country,will definitely warm welcome you. 🙂

  8. Cassandra
    Cassandra July 9, 2016 at 8:08 am | | Reply

    I fell in love with the small green tomatoes I ate in China. Nothing in the U.S. compares. My father-in-law would buy some every day, and I would shamefully eat them up.
    I also love the Fuji apples and the lychees. I pass on the watermelon, though. =)

    I’m a new reader of your blog. I hope you are feeling better.

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