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    [email protected] Guest

    Default What is wrong with Wal-Mart fruits?

    Most fruits at Wal-Mart appear oversized. For example the oranges,
    tomatoes and strawberries are double the size what you find in typical
    grocery stores. I know people like to bash Wal-Mart but could someone
    give an explanation for this?

    I recall reading somewhere that pretty much all fruit you find
    anywhere are genetically modified. So as long as the fruits at Wal-
    Mart taste okay it should be okay, no ?

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    sf Guest

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    On Sat, 2 May 2009 23:01:24 -0700 (PDT), [email protected]
    wrote:

    >Most fruits at Wal-Mart appear oversized. For example the oranges,
    >tomatoes and strawberries are double the size what you find in typical
    >grocery stores. I know people like to bash Wal-Mart but could someone
    >give an explanation for this?
    >
    >I recall reading somewhere that pretty much all fruit you find
    >anywhere are genetically modified. So as long as the fruits at Wal-
    >Mart taste okay it should be okay, no ?


    Interesting question. I don't shop at Walmart and don't know anything
    about their produce.

    --
    I love cooking with wine.
    Sometimes I even put it in the food.

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    Wayne Boatwright Guest

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    On Sat 02 May 2009 11:01:24p, told us...

    > Most fruits at Wal-Mart appear oversized. For example the oranges,
    > tomatoes and strawberries are double the size what you find in typical
    > grocery stores. I know people like to bash Wal-Mart but could someone
    > give an explanation for this?
    >
    > I recall reading somewhere that pretty much all fruit you find
    > anywhere are genetically modified. So as long as the fruits at Wal-
    > Mart taste okay it should be okay, no ?
    >


    It should be okay, but some of that oversized fruit has absolutely no flavor.

    --
    Wayne Boatwright
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    Strawberries are the angels of the earth, innocent and sweet with
    green leafy wings reaching heavenward. ~Jasmine Heiler




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    Sqwertz Guest

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    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Most fruits at Wal-Mart appear oversized. For example the oranges,
    > tomatoes and strawberries are double the size what you find in typical
    > grocery stores. I know people like to bash Wal-Mart but could someone
    > give an explanation for this?


    I'm sure it costs less to grow and distribute larger fruits and
    makes for a bigger profit, probably at the expense of taste and
    texture. It's typical Walmart practice.

    -sw

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    jmcquown Guest

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    "Wayne Boatwright" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected] 5.250...
    > On Sat 02 May 2009 11:01:24p, told us...
    >
    >> Most fruits at Wal-Mart appear oversized. For example the oranges,
    >> tomatoes and strawberries are double the size what you find in typical
    >> grocery stores. I know people like to bash Wal-Mart but could someone
    >> give an explanation for this?
    >>
    >> I recall reading somewhere that pretty much all fruit you find
    >> anywhere are genetically modified. So as long as the fruits at Wal-
    >> Mart taste okay it should be okay, no ?
    >>

    >
    > It should be okay, but some of that oversized fruit has absolutely no
    > flavor.
    >
    > --
    > Wayne Boatwright
    >

    Unfortunately, they (whoever "they" are) seem to be engineering the taste
    out of a lot of fruits and vegetables. Not to mention pork, poultry,
    beef...

    Jill


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    Michael \Dog3\ Guest

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    [email protected] news:0d34d7c3-35ca-44a4-9a72-aa5f36cd35a9
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    > Most fruits at Wal-Mart appear oversized. For example the oranges,
    > tomatoes and strawberries are double the size what you find in typical
    > grocery stores. I know people like to bash Wal-Mart but could someone
    > give an explanation for this?
    >
    > I recall reading somewhere that pretty much all fruit you find
    > anywhere are genetically modified. So as long as the fruits at Wal-
    > Mart taste okay it should be okay, no ?


    I have not been in a Walmart in a couple of years and will never set foot
    in one again. I'm not sure why the fruit is so big there. Whatever the
    reason is you can be sure it is for profit.

    Michael

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    Mr. Bill Guest

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    On Sat, 2 May 2009 23:01:24 -0700 (PDT), [email protected]
    wrote:

    >I recall reading somewhere that pretty much all fruit you find
    >anywhere are genetically modified


    Walmart depends on quantity for the price. I doubt they go to the
    trouble to search out genetically modified fruit. That would make
    the price to be out of reach for most of their customers.


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    maxine Guest

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    On May 3, 2:01*am, nonse...@mynonsense.net wrote:
    > Most fruits at Wal-Mart appear oversized. For example the oranges,
    > tomatoes and strawberries are double the size what you find in typical
    > grocery stores. I know people like to bash Wal-Mart but could someone
    > give an explanation for this?
    >
    > I recall reading somewhere that pretty much all fruit you find
    > anywhere are genetically modified. So as long as the fruits at Wal-
    > Mart taste okay it should be okay, no ?


    If the fruit has those little labels on it, they can tell you if the
    fruit is gm.

    "[T]he sticker labels on fruit: The numbers tell you how the fruit was
    grown. Conventionally grown fruit has four digits; organically grown
    fruit has five and starts with a nine; genetically engineered has five
    numbers and starts with an eight."
    http://www.megnut.com/2006/03/read-t...-on-your-fruit

    As others have pointed out, the larger fruits have been bred for their
    transportability and size, not flavor or nutrition.

    The questions I ask myself when purchasing produce are: how is the
    quality and ripeness, and how long will it last once I get it home?
    I've never been in a Walmart that carries fresh produce, so can't
    answer those questions for you.

    maxine in ri

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    George Guest

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    Mr. Bill wrote:
    > On Sat, 2 May 2009 23:01:24 -0700 (PDT), [email protected]
    > wrote:
    >
    >> I recall reading somewhere that pretty much all fruit you find
    >> anywhere are genetically modified

    >
    > Walmart depends on quantity for the price. I doubt they go to the
    > trouble to search out genetically modified fruit. That would make
    > the price to be out of reach for most of their customers.
    >

    Genetic modification can be used to increase yield. walmarts standard
    practice is to beat suppliers to death and give them a kick in the face
    for good measure so they understand who is boss. So if a supplier can
    grow a huge likely tasteless fruit that would allow them to make
    $0.0001/lb more they will likely do it. And wally has dumbed down
    customers who will likely think jumbo tasteless fruit is an extra bonus.

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    brooklyn1 Guest

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    "sf" wrote:
    > (PDT) wrote:
    >
    >>Most fruits at Wal-Mart appear oversized. For example the oranges,
    >>tomatoes and strawberries are double the size what you find in typical
    >>grocery stores. I know people like to bash Wal-Mart but could someone
    >>give an explanation for this?
    >>
    >>I recall reading somewhere that pretty much all fruit you find
    >>anywhere are genetically modified. So as long as the fruits at Wal-
    >>Mart taste okay it should be okay, no ?

    >
    > Interesting question. I don't shop at Walmart and don't know anything
    > about their produce.
    >
    >

    So WTF did you reply?!?!? DUH



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    Phred Guest

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    In article <YehLl.2125$[email protected]>, "brooklyn1"
    <[email protected]> wrote:
    >"sf" wrote:
    >> (PDT) wrote:
    >>
    >>>Most fruits at Wal-Mart appear oversized. For example the oranges,
    >>>tomatoes and strawberries are double the size what you find in typical
    >>>grocery stores. I know people like to bash Wal-Mart but could someone
    >>>give an explanation for this?
    >>>
    >>>I recall reading somewhere that pretty much all fruit you find
    >>>anywhere are genetically modified. So as long as the fruits at Wal-
    >>>Mart taste okay it should be okay, no ?

    >>
    >> Interesting question. I don't shop at Walmart and don't know anything
    >> about their produce.
    >>

    >So WTF did you reply?!?!? DUH


    Probably for the same reason you did (and I have :-).

    Cheers, Phred.

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    Bubba Guest

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    <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    > Most fruits at Wal-Mart appear oversized. For example the oranges,
    > tomatoes and strawberries are double the size what you find in typical
    > grocery stores. I know people like to bash Wal-Mart but could someone
    > give an explanation for this?
    >
    > I recall reading somewhere that pretty much all fruit you find
    > anywhere are genetically modified. So as long as the fruits at Wal-
    > Mart taste okay it should be okay, no ?


    It is genetically engineered to give more shelf life, therefore, reducing
    the cost of rotting foods in their warehouses and storerooms.

    Unfortunately, it is at the expense of taste and juice.



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    Dimitri Guest

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    <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    > Most fruits at Wal-Mart appear oversized. For example the oranges,
    > tomatoes and strawberries are double the size what you find in typical
    > grocery stores. I know people like to bash Wal-Mart but could someone
    > give an explanation for this?
    >
    > I recall reading somewhere that pretty much all fruit you find
    > anywhere are genetically modified. So as long as the fruits at Wal-
    > Mart taste okay it should be okay, no ?



    Wal Mart fruits are grown in West Hollywood & the SF Tenderloin district
    ergo the giant size.

    For the vegetables WM has been irradiating Mexican farms for the past 2
    decades.

    Dimitri


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    Janet Wilder Guest

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    [email protected] wrote:
    > Most fruits at Wal-Mart appear oversized. For example the oranges,
    > tomatoes and strawberries are double the size what you find in typical
    > grocery stores. I know people like to bash Wal-Mart but could someone
    > give an explanation for this?
    >
    > I recall reading somewhere that pretty much all fruit you find
    > anywhere are genetically modified. So as long as the fruits at Wal-
    > Mart taste okay it should be okay, no ?


    I don't find that to be true. I do not care for WalMart's produce and
    definitely not their fresh (?) meats. Their distribution system is such
    that it takes stuff longer to get from the farm of processing plant to
    the retail store. I have always found that while their produce looks
    good in the store, it's shelf-life in my fridge is half of the stuff I
    buy in my local supermarket. The meat is injected with salt water for
    preservation. YMMV

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    Janet Wilder
    Way-the-heck-south Texas
    Spelling doesn't count. Cooking does.

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    sf Guest

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    On Sun, 03 May 2009 06:20:08 GMT, Wayne Boatwright
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Sat 02 May 2009 11:01:24p, told us...
    >
    >> Most fruits at Wal-Mart appear oversized. For example the oranges,
    >> tomatoes and strawberries are double the size what you find in typical
    >> grocery stores. I know people like to bash Wal-Mart but could someone
    >> give an explanation for this?
    >>
    >> I recall reading somewhere that pretty much all fruit you find
    >> anywhere are genetically modified. So as long as the fruits at Wal-
    >> Mart taste okay it should be okay, no ?
    >>

    >
    >It should be okay, but some of that oversized fruit has absolutely no flavor.


    Which reminds me about my only experience with softball sized
    artichokes. I was sooo excited to see them, bought two, cooked them
    and they were tasteless. UGH. Won't make that mistake again. Let
    the rubes on the East Coast have them.

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    I love cooking with wine.
    Sometimes I even put it in the food.

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    cybercat Guest

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    "sf" <[email protected]> wrote

    > Let
    > the rubes on the East Coast have them.
    >

    uh, hold up a minute there, girly.



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    Sky Guest

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    Janet Wilder wrote:
    >
    > [email protected] wrote:
    > > Most fruits at Wal-Mart appear oversized. For example the oranges,
    > > tomatoes and strawberries are double the size what you find in typical
    > > grocery stores. I know people like to bash Wal-Mart but could someone
    > > give an explanation for this?
    > >
    > > I recall reading somewhere that pretty much all fruit you find
    > > anywhere are genetically modified. So as long as the fruits at Wal-
    > > Mart taste okay it should be okay, no ?

    >
    > I don't find that to be true. I do not care for WalMart's produce and
    > definitely not their fresh (?) meats. Their distribution system is such
    > that it takes stuff longer to get from the farm of processing plant to
    > the retail store. I have always found that while their produce looks
    > good in the store, it's shelf-life in my fridge is half of the stuff I
    > buy in my local supermarket. The meat is injected with salt water for
    > preservation. YMMV
    >
    > --
    > Janet Wilder
    > Way-the-heck-south Texas
    > Spelling doesn't count. Cooking does.


    I won't buy Wally-world's (WW) meat or produce either! When the first
    mega WW opened in my area, I checked out their grocery sections mostly
    out of curiousity. Imagine my surprise when I noticed the very poor and
    dismal quality of their produce! It was more suitable as livestock feed
    than for human consumption (IMNSHO!)! I don't buy their meats for the
    reason Janet mentioned. In addition, I believe those WW containers for
    their meats are also filled with some particular 'gas' that's not the
    regular 'air' folks breathe.

    Sky

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    Ultra Ultimate Kitchen Rule - Use the Timer!
    Ultimate Kitchen Rule -- Cook's Choice!!

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    sf Guest

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    On Sun, 3 May 2009 12:57:00 -0400, "cybercat" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >
    >"sf" <[email protected]> wrote
    >
    >> Let
    >> the rubes on the East Coast have them.
    >>

    >uh, hold up a minute there, girly.
    >

    General Tsao did it.

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    I love cooking with wine.
    Sometimes I even put it in the food.

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    cybercat Guest

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    "sf" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On Sat, 2 May 2009 23:01:24 -0700 (PDT), [email protected]
    > wrote:
    >
    >>Most fruits at Wal-Mart appear oversized. For example the oranges,
    >>tomatoes and strawberries are double the size what you find in typical
    >>grocery stores. I know people like to bash Wal-Mart but could someone
    >>give an explanation for this?
    >>
    >>I recall reading somewhere that pretty much all fruit you find
    >>anywhere are genetically modified. So as long as the fruits at Wal-
    >>Mart taste okay it should be okay, no ?

    >
    > Interesting question. I don't shop at Walmart and don't know anything
    > about their produce.
    >

    I take my elderly aunt there to shop because she won't shop anywhere else. I
    have to admit, the produce is beautiful looking and cheap, too. Twice we
    have seen asparagus (slender, young, tender spears) for $1.79 a pound since
    January. I'm still not shopping there. It's not so much for all the good,
    principled reasons others give. The stores just suck all the life out of me.
    It just feels bad to be in there. I feel the same about Home Depot and
    Lowes.



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    Terry Pulliam Burd Guest

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    On Sat, 2 May 2009 23:01:24 -0700 (PDT), [email protected] fired
    up random neurons and synapses to opine:

    >Most fruits at Wal-Mart appear oversized. For example the oranges,
    >tomatoes and strawberries are double the size what you find in typical
    >grocery stores. I know people like to bash Wal-Mart but could someone
    >give an explanation for this?


    OTOH, we had an apt. in Mainz Germany for a number of years and it
    always surprised me at how small the citrus was. Most of it was from
    Israel, IIRC, but the grapefruit, for instance, was about the size of
    a US orange.

    Terry "Squeaks" Pulliam Burd

    --

    "If the soup had been as hot as the claret, if the claret had been as
    old as the bird, and if the bird's breasts had been as full as the
    waitress's, it would have been a very good dinner."

    - Duncan Hines

    To reply, replace "meatloaf" with "cox"





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