Eat More Fruit

Andy Rooney Shares Some Nutritional Advice

This segment was first broadcast on April 13, 2008.

The following is a weekly 60 Minutes commentary by CBS News correspondent Andy Rooney.

From the time you're very young someone is always telling us to eat more fruit. Well, I think we would eat more fruit if we knew for sure that it was going to be any good when we bought it. So expensive. We went to a good store in New York called Fairway the other day and looked at their fruit.

Grapefruit - better than they used to be. When I was a kid my mother would cut them in two and sprinkle sugar on them and leave them overnight.

How would you like to have the job of stacking fruit in a fruit store? So, it didn't fall down.

Lemons - one of the great fruits, so versatile. So many things you can do with them. Of course you can't eat them.

Mango, they're good but the pit is strange shape and very hard to get at, you need a sharp knife and it takes about a half hour to get at what you want to eat.

Not too familiar with a papaya. I would buy one, but I don't know whether I would know what to do with it, whether to eat it for breakfast or dessert.

I suppose over the years I've wasted more money on melons then anything else I'd ever bought. I've bought a thousand honeydew melons but only three of them were ripe over the years.

I don't want to buy six or eight bananas, you get them in a package. I just want one or two bananas.

I don't like green fruit. Green is for vegetables.

We used to climb the mountain and pick these when I was a kid. But we didn't call them blueberries we called them "huckleberries."

Strawberries they are all from California these days. I mean if you're from New York, the strawberries should have been grown in New York or New Jersey.

I think a cherry is the only thing that I ever stolen from a store.

One of the great mysteries to me is how they make a grape without any seeds in it. And where is the next generation of grapes coming from if they don't have seeds in them?

Why do they have tomatoes in with the fruits for? I know there are people that argue that tomatoes are a fruit. Tomatoes are a vegetable. I don't care what they say.

I hate to have a sticker on a piece of fruit.

Now here's something I never heard of: a California pluot. What in the world is a pluot?

The three of us here in the office had a contest the other day to see how many fruits we could name. I think Susie won with 27. See how you do!
Written By Andy Rooney