Buzz Ball: The optimal fruit
Get prepared for a serious column.
After writing many so-so fluff columns I thought that it was time to discuss a most serious subject.
Have you ever contemplated about the common fruit? Which one is better for you, which one is more tasty, which one is more appealing, which one is more popular, and which one is the prettiest?
Well, I?have another criterion for which to judge fruit. And I think this criterion beats them all. Afterall, aren’t all fruit supposed to be good for you? Aren’t all fruit really appealing in their own right? And aren’t all fruit basically pretty, depending on your point of view?
My criterion to determine which fruit is best for you is the ease of picking the fruit.
Now, think about it. The easier it is to pick a fruit, the better it is for you for a number of reasons – no endangerment to your body, less wear and tear on the muscles and joints and less time to pick the luscious fruit.
Now you have your strawberries. They grow on the ground, which means you have to either bend down (bad on the back) or kneel (bad on the knees).
Not an optimal fruit.
How about your apples, oranges, grapefruit, limes, lemons, plums, cherries, etc. You have to either climb the tree, which is extremely hazardous to your health, or you have to purchase a ladder, which takes away from your budget. If you are afraid of heights, forget about it.
We won’t even talk about pineapples, coconuts, bananas, mangos and papayas. The expense of getting to the islands that grow those exotic fruit is prohibitive.
Blackberries and raspberries are out of the realm of possibility because of the thorns associated with the bushes. Then the snakes that curl up at the base of the bushes – well, we won’t even go there.
Grapes are a little better. But if they stay on the vines long enough, they could ferment in their own skins making one drunk just tasting a few.
So what is the optimal fruit based on ease of picking?
The all-American blueberry.
Not only is it patriotic, having the one of the colors of our flag, it is the easiest of all fruit to pick. It grows on a bush, which requires no bending or climbing. There are no thorns, and snakes rarely make their homes at the base. The ripe ones fall right off the bush while the unripe ones are hard to pick.
Hard to find a reason not to pick blueberries, isn’t it?
So the next time you consider what fruit to pick, remember the all-American blueberry. You may not like them, but you won’t be injured picking them.