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When food tastes “off”, it’s typically an indication that it has gone bad. But what does it mean when something tastes better than normal? I’m eating a bag of peas in pods, as I often do, and some of them are much sweeter than usual. I’m pretty sure I’m not imagining it, cuz most still taste the same. Maybe it’s a rare form of sweet fungus that’ll kill me... oh well.

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You may have some that actually had time to ripen before being picked. It's rare but it happens.

I would wager that well over 99% of the people in this country do not consistently get properly ripened fruit and vegetables.

One of my favorite things to eat is a properly ripened mandarin orange/tangerine. Unless you have access to a tree to pick them yourself, you have probably never had one. It will literally fall off the tree into your hand and the skin doesn't have to be peeled off, merely opened. Unlike the acidic taste you probably associate with the fruit, when properly ripened it tastes almost as sweet as candy.

The "problem" with properly ripened fruits and veggies is that they don't have sufficient "shelf life to survive until they get to market and are sold.

mcgeo52 Level 8 Jan 4, 2019

Yeah, I used to live in Florida. I remember working as a carpenter, I was remodeling a house with a grapefruit tree and on breaks I’d go out and pick one to eat. They were so good.

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You may have gotten a bunch that are just sweeter than the rest. Or it could also be a genetic variant that snuck in.

EricJones Level 7 Jan 4, 2019

Yeah, they’re sugar snaps. I get them all the time, and yeah they’re sweet, but these ones were a lot sweeter than I’m used to.