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The Best Fruit, In Order (PHOTOS)

09/10/2013 08:56 am ET | Updated Oct 01, 2013

There are few things better than fresh, ripe fruit. From eating summer watermelon on the back porch to crunching into an apple fresh-picked off its tree, some of our best food memories involve fruit. After all, there's no better way to satisfy your sweet tooth while simultaneously staying healthy.

And though we love them all, we do prefer some types over others -- as we're sure do you. So, as we have a particular affinity for subjective rankings, we're presenting you with a list of the best fruits. Although we hope there are some obvious placings (because honestly, we've never met a person who prefers honeydew over watermelon), let us know in the comments if there are rankings you'd like to dispute.

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  • 25 Red Delicious Apple
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  • We're unsure of why anyone would choose this waxy and mealy apple when there are so many better fruits out there.
  • 24 Honeydew
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  • Sorry, honeydew, you are the least-liked melon.
  • 23 Banana
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  • The flavor of bananas is delicious, but the fruit's texture is responsible for its low placement on this list.
  • 22 Orange
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  • The peeling struggle (and eating difficulties) make us prefer the juice.
  • 21 Pineapple
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  • This tropical fruit is good, but not exactly a standout fruit.
  • 20 Green Grape
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  • We like this grape's sourness, but it's still not our favorite variety.
  • 19 Grapefruit
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  • This sour fruit is much too difficult to eat.
  • 18 Blackberry
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  • This berry would be so much better without the core.
  • 17 Passionfruit
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  • While the flavor is great, the texture is unpleasant.
  • 16 Cherries
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  • With fresh cherries like these, there are no excuses for eating the Maraschino variety.
  • 15 Cantaloupe
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  • This melon is better than honeydew, but still doesn't compare to watermelon.
  • 14 Red Grapes
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  • Definitely the best of the grape varieties.
  • 13 Blueberry
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  • This berry is fine, but there are so many better types out there.
  • 12 Kiwi
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  • The seeds can be pesky, but the flesh of this fruit is worth the trouble.
  • 11 Nectarine
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  • We love the flavor of this fruit, but still prefer the fuzziness of the peach.
  • 10 Pomegranate
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  • These seeds make for a lot of work, but the payoff is grand.
  • 9 Apricot
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  • We love the flavor of this fruit -- both fresh and dried.
  • 8 Mango
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  • We are so happy this tropical fruit is easily accessible.
  • 7 Pear
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  • This fruit flies under the radar, but is absolutely delicious.
  • 6 Peaches
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  • Fresh peaches, both yellow and white, are what dreams are made of.
  • 5 Fuji Apple
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  • The best apple variety, by far.
  • 4 Raspberry
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  • If anyone has ever only had one raspberry, we are beyond impressed.
  • 3 Watermelon
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  • Sticky hands are worth the hand-held fruit indulgence.
  • 2 Plum
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  • The only bad thing is that they're too small.
  • 1 Strawberry
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  • Come on, who doesn't love this summer fruit?
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