Fruit of the month - what to buy in April

@whittby (3073)
United States
April 25, 2008 2:26pm CST
Regarding frugal living, below are the cheapest fruits to buy this month. We've had a lot of discussion lately on eating healthy, but not wanting to spend so much. I'm going to look for these at the store this week. Okay, probably not the rhubarb or possibly artichokes, but will try mangoes - it's been a long time since we had mangoes in the house. Do you shop for fruit seasonally on sale? April pineapples, mangoes, zucchini, rhubarb, artichokes, asparagus, spring peas, broccoli, lettuce
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@minnie_98214 (10574)
• United States
25 Apr 08
I always watch and buy whatever is on sale. Once and awhile I go crazy and buy something not on ssale just cause I must have it. Like watermelon its spendy right now but I must have it.
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@whittby (3073)
• United States
27 Apr 08
If you're craving it, you must need it, especially now. And I've looked at the melons lately and wonder if they're good this time of year.
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• United States
27 Apr 08
Oh they are good yummy. My mom bought one and I loved it.
• United States
26 Apr 08
Whittby, yes I do. Later in the spring the farmers markets will open and the produce from them is usually cheaper than in the grocery stores. Not only that but it supports our local small farmers. I so love everything you just mentioned for spring vegetables. Including rhubarb, and artichokes. LMAO
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@whittby (3073)
• United States
27 Apr 08
I wish we had farmers markets, but we have no farms nearby. I used to love getting the corn just picked in the summer and the tomatoes were wonderful. I need to buy an artichoke so I can learn how to eat one!
@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
25 Apr 08
Out of the ones you have listed I have not tried rhubarb or artichokes but all the others I do like very much. Last week got some watermelon and it was so good. Usually fruit is not kept in the house unless we get the urge for eating some, if there is any in the house it is usually bananas and apples and sometimes oranges if they are good and sweet at the time.
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@whittby (3073)
• United States
27 Apr 08
We always have bananas aroud too. The only time we ever had rhubarb was when my grandmother was alive - she loved it.
@alamode (3073)
• United States
26 Apr 08
We're lucky to have a green market about 4 miles down the road... from April 1 through October 31, its bulging with all kinds of produce, and has prices around half of what the local grocery stores charge. We live out of it... we go to whatever store has the best deals on chicken and fish that week, then load up with fruit and veg on the way home. When they have exceptional deals, I freeze whatever I can, and especially like making bags of 'soup mix' that contain chopped celery, onion, carrots and peppers... when I make soup I put a frozen block in a pot on medium heat with a bit of oil, and saute and stir until its nearly thawed, then add my other ingredients and let it simmer. Chopping a lot at once saves me from doing it every time I want soup... its a great time and work saver.
@whittby (3073)
• United States
27 Apr 08
Your frozen soup mix is an idea I've never come across - I make a lot of soup and that would be a great timesaver since I don't feel like all that work sometimes, just feel like the soup. We had a local market quite close to us back in Ohio and I didn't realize how spoiled I was at the time.
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@alamode (3073)
• United States
27 Apr 08
I tried cooks.com first... I was lucky! 5 c. chopped rhubarb 1/4 c. water 2 1/4 to 3 c. sugar 1 sm. pkg. strawberry jello On medium low heat, bring water and fruit to boiling and mash well. Add sugar and bring to boil again. Remove from heat and add jello. Put in containers and refrigerate or freeze for later. Makes 4 cups jam.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
26 Apr 08
lettuce and brocolli love rubarb but no ont else does so dont get it
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@whittby (3073)
• United States
27 Apr 08
My husband likes the rhubarb too, but he doesn't get it either. I should take him to Marie Callender's when they have rhubarb pie.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
27 Apr 08
hm never thought of that be a good idea!
@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
1 May 08
I haven't ever bought fruit of the month, but I do like all of the one's listed for April. Since this is the last day of the month actually by my time it is currently May 1st so I missed buying any of those for April.
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@whittby (3073)
• United States
1 May 08
I did get a mango or two and I haven't had those in years. I'm glad I bought them and it was good and different. Would I pay a whole lot more for one, no.
• Philippines
27 Apr 08
yeah, int he Philippines, we have mangoes also, watermelon, guava, strawberry, oranges.Fruits in season are cheapm and healthy.My grade school home economics teacher told us
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@whittby (3073)
• United States
27 Apr 08
I had to look up guava to see how you could eat it. I don't know if I would like it. I wish more teachers would instruct their classes on foods.
@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
26 Apr 08
I love mangos so much but I can't eat it. Seems I'm allergic to it. The sides of my mouth break out in a very painful rash whenever I even take a bite of the delious fruit. I have my own asparagus patch and soon as they are ready, I'll be eating em' like crazy for I love asparagus. As for the others on your list, only thing I will be buying next week would be broccoli since it's the only other vege I like.
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@whittby (3073)
• United States
27 Apr 08
I had a bunch of asparagus a few weeks ago and ended up eating almost all of myself - I used butter so I don't know how healthy it was, but it was good. It's a shame you are allergic to something you like - mangoes seems to be a favorite here.
• India
26 Apr 08
april is the season of mangoes in india.other fruits are also liked by the peoples like banana etc. but i love to eat mango or love to drink a mango shake.i am dying to eat mango in this season.
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@whittby (3073)
• United States
27 Apr 08
I wish I loved fruit that much. I'm trying the mangoes and I may end up going back to the store tomorrow for more. The prices are pretty good right now.
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@athinapie (1152)
• Philippines
26 Apr 08
cool! i love pineapple and mangoes. thanks for the information.
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@whittby (3073)
• United States
27 Apr 08
I just got back from the store and found good prices on both, so the info was right.
@Ohara_1983 (4120)
• Kuwait
26 Apr 08
here in kuwait we dont have called sale for fruit, daily is the same price, any kind of fruit.
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• United States
26 Apr 08
I try to shop for things on sale and can or freeze them so we can have them all year. I was thinking about joining a co op farm this year. They are pricy to pay all at once but you get a good variety of produce each week.
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@whittby (3073)
• United States
27 Apr 08
The co ops always seems like such a good deal - getting all that stuff all the time. I guess you have to be prepared to want to use it or take the time to freeze. I never did do it, just bought from some of the same folks at the farmers market.
@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
2 Jul 08
None of those sound too good to me, except the pineapple and mangoes for fruit. The veggies, I only like the broccoli and lettuce. I try to buy what ever is the cheapest as long as it is something I like. I try to buy the ones that are in season as they aren't as expensive then as they are when not in season.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
29 Apr 08
Apples are usually pretty cheap up here. Even on sale, pineapples aren't cheap. How do you eat mangoes so they aren't like dental floss? My rhubarb will be ready in a few weeks, so I don't have to buy it. Besides, the store version is usually woody or tough, mine is smaller and softer. I bought some almost expired bananas last week, 19 cents for 6. 3 had to be eaten the day I bought them, the rest went into a banana bread. So, I guess I don't buy seasonally for a lot of things. My lettuce is doing great. I probably will put in some peas to my garden. Take care