It seems to me that often a successful fruit lover is also successful in finding or creating good quality fruit supply. This is a very powerful area of human activity. Everyone needs to eat to survive and so the food production is a powerful mechanism that can transform the society. When many people start buying more fruit on regular basis, this creates demand, and supply follows. Perhaps our planet can change into a large beautiful garden, if there are enough people interested in this lifestyle? Perhaps our fruit-loving dreams are closer to realization that we might have expected? Perhaps we are experiencing the beginnings of a shift towards the fulfillment of such dream? And, perhaps, following the recent observation by Jack, by our focus on this process, we can make it happen?
What are your thoughts on this dear friend?
I try to rely on my intuition too. Before I became such an avid fruit lover, I was not seeing the quality of fruit as an issue. But after some years on my fruit loving experiments, I became quite choosy about it. Here in Hobart finding great quality can be quite a task at times, but I have been polishing my skills in this area and got quite an expert at it. I think we all have those instinctive skills but due to lack of practice, forget them. Sometimes, because of my geographical location, I've been questioning whether I can thrive on my preferred fruit-based diet. But I do not feel too good on other alternatives and so my best bet is try to make most of what I have. I find Anne's words from her thread quite reassuring:
"So even if the local fruit availability is not always optimal, we may still be able to find the best fruits possible, given our situation."
I would like to add that, to me, the cost of fruit is a considerable issue. At the moment in Hobart a 13kg box of bananas is about $90, a single mango is $2-$2.50 at best, watermelon is about $2-$3 a kilo, grapes are from $5 to $12 a kilo. Many types of tropical fruit are never available here or their quality is such that it is not worth buying them. I find it hard to see how a family with a moderate income could be fruitarian here at these prices. I guess if one had a fully operational garden that would provide the fruit for the whole warm season, that would be a great help.
I find this video particularly inspiring:
Do you have any advice on growing your own fruit?
Yes the quality matters. I find myself hungrier on days when my fruit is of lower quality. There are times when I have to throw fruit out too, and I am still cultivating good fruit picking skills.
When I lived up north, I wasn't fruitarian, and even the cost of organic veggies was too high for us to make it a staple. I think I would have to rely on some conventionally grown fruit. I would also probably take advantage of the excess of summer produce. Though I don't feel freezing is ideal, I would likely invest in a freezer to preserve cherries, strawberries, apricots, peaches, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries which are all available in quantity in the summer time. I think apples would also be a staple for me, as they store very well and are often local and of good quality in my home area. Grapes and melon season would also be great for local summer fruit. Good citrus and banana are always available in the winter months, and I would explore growing tomatoes/cucumbers/peppers indoors or in a greenhouse. I have also had friends with lots of success growing figs indoors, so I would explore that. One had a tree, just a few years old that was really thriving and producing lots of fruit... And I would want to vacation in warmer climates. Yes, our desires likely shift our circumstances, so by desiring tropical flavors, we'd be more likely to travel.
The other day I read a post Why pineapple, kiwis and figs burn your mouth on a new fruit loving forum, relevant to our discussion here. It seems that not being in tune to our body signals may lead to consuming inferior quality fruit, which in turn may originate from the lack of quality fruit in non-tropical area that we might live (as most humans do). And so I wonder what long-term effects of this less-than-optimal nutrition might be. Perhaps when we hear of people struggling on this diet, a large part of the underlying reason might be the quality. As Anne said, and as I observed in my personal experience as well as by reading the reports of other fruit lovers, we hopefully become more in tune to our senses and more able to select better quality of fruit in the longer term. If one observes those who have been following fruit loving for some time, one can observe these patterns of higher sensitivity and an increased level of choosiness. Being a picky fruit eater is an optimal strategy indeed!
A broader conclusion here would be that as a community we need to focus on educating ourselves and others on how to choose better quality fruit, and how to improve the quality and availability of the fruit in our local areas.