Does anyone have the secret to finding decent fruit in this city? I shop at Jean Talon Market when I can, and my local Provigo, PA, Sakaris, and smaller fruiteries around the plateau the rest of the time. But I find that fruit-buying is largely a crap-shoot. The quality varies hugely , from delicious to inedible. I LOVE a good peach and have found some pretty good Ontario ones, but some are just mealy, mushy and tasteless. The same goes for tomatoes. Is this because they've been refrigerated in transport/ storage? I notice that sometimes when stuff has just been put out on the shelf, it is VERY cold. I would never put peaches or tomatoes in the fridge at home, so why would I buy some that just came out of the fridge? And what's with the cardboard baskets that Ontario peaches come in? That's a lot of peaches for a 2-person household, especially when they all ripen at the same time - and I'm always afraid the ones on the bottom will be rotten, since you can't see them at all. Some places have peaches available in bulk - but these are often from the U.S. for some reason, and are much more expensive. I've had a lot of terrible apples, too - even when I stick to local ones in season. Even bananas - I stopped buying them a few months ago when I kept getting ones that looked fine on the outside but were all black in the middle. I always thought oranges were pretty reliable and consistent but last winter I kept getting ones that were all dry inside. Finally, I can't believe how often I see moldy, rotten fruit on display in some stores - ugh.
Is it just me? Am I too picky?