“Eat your fruits and vegetables!” is common health advice we hear. The impression we get from advertising, government health recommendations, and our mothers is that eating fruits and vegetables is an unpleasant task that must be done for our own good. Kind of like brushing our teeth, doing the dishes, or cleaning out the cat’s litter box.
This is a sad, sad sign.
What about history, though? How did people in the past view their fruit? I would like to make the case they didn’t view fruit as a “health” must, but as a pleasure.