WHB Giveaway #3: Tell Us Your Favorite Fruit of 2008 You Might Win a Fantastic Prize!

Fruits with Ponderosa LemonHopefully you’ve already taken time to tell us about your favorite herb and your favorite vegetable. Now, leave one more comment on this post telling us about your favorite fruit of 2008, for your final chance to win one of three valuable prizes. The give-aways are just part of our Week-Long Celebration for the three year anniversary of Weekend Herb Blogging. Thanks to New West KnifeWorks and Fissler USA who have donated two wonderful prizes. I’m also is giving away a set of my three favorite cookbooks of 2008, so keep reading to see how to enter.

How to Enter

It’s easy to enter! First, read more about the prizes at the post announcing the anniversary celebrations. Then come back to this post and leave a comment naming your favorite fruit of 2008. If you’re a blogger, you must sign in using Open ID or name/url so we can contact you if you’re the winner. Readers who are not bloggers must leave an e-mail address typed into the body of the comment. Use the format kalynskitchen (at) comcast (dot) net to protect your e-mail from spammers. (Remember comments are moderated, so you won’t see your comment until I approve it. If you’re in Europe or Asia and I’m asleep in my part of the world, that might take a while!)

You MUST either sign in and create a link to your blog or leave an e-mail address if you’re not a blogger. Comments that don’t have either of those ways to notify the winner will be deleted, since I have no way to verify who left the comment. There are a few people who have had comments deleted on all three give-aways because they are not leaving an e-mail address or blog link. Please be sure you’re including that information because I hate having to delete the comments.

More Chances to Win!
We’ve already had voting for favorite herb (Tuesday) and favorite vegetable (Wednesday) so if you missed out, visit those posts and leave more comments! Comments on all posts will close at 10:00 P.M. (MST) on Friday, October 31, and the winners will be announced in the Anniversary Edition of Weekend Herb Blogging on Sunday evening. (Duplicate entries on the same post will result in all comments from that person being deleted, so please be careful to enter only once on each post.)

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Of course I can’t enter to win prizes, but nothing can stop me from doing a little campaigning, can it? Favorite fruit is a tough one for me, because, as my niece Elizabeth told me when she was five and I was trying to get her to eat a banana “I’ve never been much of a fruit eater.” This isn’t a South Beach Diet thing; from an early age I preferred vegetables to fruits. Of course I could pick tomatoes, since they’re fruits and I love them, but instead I’m voting for the one fruit I couldn’t cook without: lemons! Here’s a few recipes where lemon juice made all the difference.

I was crazy over Merritt’s Cannellini Beans in Mint Marinade, and this is a dish where lemon juice really made all the difference.

It’s an easy recipe, but fresh lemon juice adds a delightful note to this Low Sugar Cocktail Sauce that’s so great with delicious shrimp.

Finally, lemon juice was really important for this Roasted Butternut Squash with Lemon, Thyme, and Parmesan.

Are You Blogging About Fruits?
Of course, Weekend Herb Blogging is really about the posts that are submitted each week, by great bloggers from all over the world, so here is information about how to submit a post if you’d like to join in for the anniversary edition.

(P.S. I can’t publish off-topic comments or respond to questions in comments on these give-away posts because it will foul up the numbering system for the random number selection.)

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162 comments on “WHB Giveaway #3: Tell Us Your Favorite Fruit of 2008 You Might Win a Fantastic Prize!”

  1. I must pick lemons as I buy them by the bagful. I cook with them, squeeze on salads, pasta, and veggies. Limes are a close second. Favorite fruit to just eat….grapefruit. I guess that I am a citrus kinda gal.

  2. Tomatos! Mmm…pizza and baked ziti and BLT’s, oh my!!!

  3. I have to say limes….afterall a cosmo just wouldn’t be the same without them. Maybe I should say cranberries……? No, definitely limes…I like them for my tacos too!


    Thanks! Cathy

  4. I love strawberries!
    clbeth (at) hotmail (dot) com

  5. Lemon is the most useful for me, but dragonfruit has to be my favorite.

  6. My favorite fruit overall is the Nectarine…but my favorite fruit for 2008 is the fig…it was the first year I ever really used them in desserts or ate them out of hand. Love them now!

  7. Mangoes – LOVE them!

  8. Ooooh watermelon for sure….We ate more 40 lbs between my husband and I this summer ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. This is a toughie. The fruit we use most around here is lime. It’s so versatile! As far as eating-out-of-hand fruit, I’d have to go with mangoes or nectarines. Ooooh, or bing cherries.

  10. My favorites are mangoes and peaches! I love them both so much that I couldn’t possible choose between them.

  11. Persimmons! Their seasonal window is short here in SoCal, so I eat as many as I can before they’re gone.
    At first I loved the hachiyas, but my impatience has since swayed me to the fuyus.

  12. It’s so difficult to chose- but I would have to say the apple.

  13. Ohh I loved those beans with the lemon and mint. ๐Ÿ™‚ I just started using fresh lemon juice this year, along with all my other firsts, and it really is different. And lovely.

    I’m with wandering chopsticks and vicki – I say dragonfruit. That’s some yummy stuff.

  14. I adore mangoes. They are paradise with a pit.

  15. This year, as well as last, my dear friends Bill and Erika sent me a box full of beautiful bright yellow, sweetly scented Meyer lemons from their backyard tree. I used them in so many ways, from savory dishes to sweet. So, although a summer-ripe peach, bursting with impossibly sweet juice is yelling pick me!, I’m going to have to say that the Meyer lemon is my favorite fruit of 2008.

  16. Apples, absolutely! A nice crisp apple makes my day.

  17. My favorite fruit of 2008 is the banana. I eat one every day. I keep forgeting to leave my email. It is phallman (at) charter (dot) net

  18. Oranges,juicy sweet oranges… with peel on, cut into wedges that I can suck on while watching some movie ๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. Ruby red grapefruit has to be it. I never cared for grapefruit until I moved to Florida. Picking them off the tree and peeling like an orange yummy.

  20. I love fruit in pretty much all shapes and sizes… however in 2008 I have been over the moon with strawberries fresh from the farmers market, they go in everything!

  21. Blueberries are my favorite,I love it in pie,muffins,smoothies,salad ,yogurt and morning cereal

  22. My favorite fruit this year is grapes, crisp, sweet and juicy. I have kids so grapes are always a sure bet snack for them. I grab a bag to take with us to the park, on the road or for an afternoon snack. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

  23. Red Raspberries … love them with yogurt.

  24. Fresh peaches…mmm…

  25. It was got to be wild blueberries. Not those horrid cultivated things but those wee blue bullets bursting with flavour and vitamins.

    As a child I use to pick them at my aunt’s farm. NOW I alwasy have some on hand in the freezer (except I pay $ 75 for a basket OUCH).

    I have never known a fruit to give such a jolt of refreshing flavour before. You don’t need a big hunk of apple, a few wild blueberries and you’re on your way.

  26. And AGAIN, Kalyn, you have almost changed my vote with your persuasive argument for lemons. Lemons are wonderful! Limes too.

    But are they my favourite fruit? Almost, but not quite. My favourite:



  27. apples!! really, really love the honeycrisps..

    saross413(at)bellsouth (dot)net

  28. i have so many favourite fruits: lemons, bananas, cherries, mangosteens, nectarines, limes, pineapple, mangoes and crunchy green grapes.

    but my new found fruit love for 2008 has been figs. fresh or dried, i have discovered i adore them.

  29. Mangoes! I ate the best ones in Senegal last april! perfectly juicy, sweet and just a little tangy.

  30. This is a very difficult choice!

    Probably will have to go with apples, because they are so delicious both raw and cooked. But oranges and persimmons battled mightily for the top spot!

  31. Ever since I first tried them about 5 years ago, my absolute favorite fruit has been fresh figs (I HATE the dried ones!) This year I was also partial to apricots and cherries, though.

  32. Kalyn, like you, for most of my life I’ve been raw fruit-adverse – loved veggies, but fruit? Not so much. In the last couple years, I’ve been learning to eat them more often. The fruit I use most often is lemon – so on this one, I’m voting with you!

  33. I am passionate about the taste of the pomegranate which originated in Persia and is claimed to fight disease. How good is that?

  34. I think my fave is the Nectarine. I spent weeks picking them in Australia, and still can’t get enough of them. Nothing beats a nectarine fresh off the tree!

  35. my fave fruit of 2008 … plums! ^o^

  36. Hehe could get all technical and say tomato but I do not think that is in the spirit.

    Would have to go with the lemon. Been using it in so many dishes and in so many ways that I have developed a brand new love for them. Juiced, zest, as an acid, salt cured, candied, you name it.

  37. watermelon!!!

    There isn’t summertime unless watermelon for me!

  38. My favorite fruit would have to be….avocados! I LOVE them!

  39. I love LIMES! since the lemons have been so expensive this year, and I have always used limes for things such as drinks! and my cilantro pesto, I started using them more in other things, instead of lemons.

  40. Strawberrys. I cant wait each spring for the strawberry patch to open. ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. Without a doubt…avocados! I can eat those every single day. We eat them mashed on sandwiches, chunked in salads, mashed as guac, chunked in soups. Of all the stuff I eat, this is the one thing I would love to grow because they can be so expensive, but the trees won’t survive our winters.

  42. Apples. They are the only fruit I’ve been craving since starting SBD. I really want one dipped in caramel this time of year…

  43. A few years ago I spent some time with friends in the Black Forest. Every morning, my job was to go out and pick raspberries for breakfast. I never seemed to get back with the full amount that I picked! They’ve been my favorite since.

  44. tomato.

    I had a hard time choosing so I went with the most used in our house.

  45. Mixed frozen berries in a smoothie.

    Jo Anna

    edjoannaaz at hotmail dot com

  46. I agree…I love lemons. Lemon water is so refreshing.

  47. My favorite would have to be blackberries. I live in Washington State, which has tons of berries and the patch I pick from is in a hidden cove off a logging road. I always pick enough to freeze for use during the winter to remind me of the summer around the corner.

  48. I just discovered that I love figs!

  49. Who doesn’t love Apples? My fav is the Jona Gold’s.

    Ryan Blizzard
    blizzard.rw (at) gmail (dot) com

  50. Apples have to be my favorite. They aren’t all that exciting, but they are so versatile.

  51. I love to squeeze lemon juice for the salad instead of vinegar as I love the scented smell of lemon. For grilling, I often used lemons. If any recipes calls for garnishing lemon juice, then I use it. Sweet Mangoes are my favourite when they’re in peak season. I used to make Banana bread with chcolate chip and some indian sweets with banana. I used Mango lassi when the mangoes are not in season. Lemon, Mangoes and Bananas are my favourite fruit for 2008.

  52. My favorite fruit is strawberries. I love them frozen, fresh, whole, sliced (with a bit of sugar and whipped cream), any ole kind of way!

    cseybt [at] gmail [dot] com

  53. This is the easiest one to answer. THE LEMON. Hands down. I add lemon juice to so many of my recipes, meats (chicken, lamb, veal, pork), all vegetables, and I even squeeze some onto fruit salad or melon.
    carolepip (at) verizon (dot) net

  54. Mangoes are the best- I cannot resist them- even on off-seasons when they cost way too much! Yum!

  55. This is too hard!!!
    This may not be the TOP NUMBER ! EVER choice, but I just have to pick one and get it over with! =D For actual EATING, even though it *has* to be a specific kind, I say:


    (Peaches are great too! I love pineapples! Lemons are so useful. Limes are so fragrant! Calamansi is not like the above 2 citurs fruits. The list goes on.)

  56. blueberries!!! I moved away from my berry bushes for the year and only got a few, which I treasured!

  57. I go bananas for Bananas!

    I bought a banana tree a few months ago to see if I could grow my own, but something about living in Missouri doesn’t make suitable banana growing weather.

  58. Big, fresh, juicy, tree-ripe PEACHES in season in the late summer. Oh man, do I miss the peaches!!

  59. I’ll have to say 2008 fruit was berries – blueberries, strawberries, raspberries. I made jelly, pancakes and even froze some for those cold winter days!

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