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Fruit Blogger Takeover continues: How Quality Varies Between Batches

Josh Malina is a fruit blogger who also sometimes eats other foods. These posts were originally published last year to the fruit community in Charlottesville, VA.  We can only hope that his journey continues here in Miami.

WF conventional, locally grown nectarines; Sweetness = 2, Juiciness = 3; Price = $2.49/lb; Recommend? Yes, but they were better earlier in the month.

Looks good donut? Well … it kind of is.

It was a bit of a kick in the pants.

The nectarines that I had gushed on about in the last post – those wonderfully juicy, delightfully sweet, orange orbs of delight were just not as good this time.

Yes, they were good. But they weren’t drop your socks, call your mama, and get on a plane home good. They were merely good.

Anyway, four people ate these things. Mr. Kolia and Mr. Tim, two of the finest minds in deep learning. They were mostly satisfied:

Person Juicy Sweet Recommend
Mr. Tim juicy sweet yes
Mr. Kolia juicy very sweet yes


So they liked it, though Tim mentioned that he enjoyed a sweeter peach the night before, and Kolia said his was a bit tart.

The other two – me and the lovely Ms. Haley – also reviewed them:

Person Juicy Sweet Recommend
Me juicy faintly sweet yes
Ms. Haley juicy sweet no


Ms. Haley’s decision to not recommend the nectarine was clearly informed by her earlier consumption of the July 4th nectarine. Preference is all about experience – and if you had the best, well, it’s hard to settle for anything less.

Enjoy these nectarines, dear reader. But keep a steady eye on this blog. As you can see, conditions in the fruit world can change rapidly.

Love, Josh

Contact Josh about fruit or non-fruit at [email protected].