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Halloween Giveaway – NYC

October 27, 2010 | 28 Comments


Remember those old ladies that used to give you apples instead of candy on Halloween. Seriously, I wanted to egg those people’s apartments. It was like, ‘Lady, I don’t want your cyanide tainted apples!’ The purple raisin boxes were even worse. I’m sure the little old grannies meant well, but the last thing a child wants on Halloween is fruit. Now as an adult, I wouldn’t mind getting a piece of fruit on Halloween. Especially if that fruit was a persimmon. I love me my persimmons; the crunchy kind (fuyu), the mushy kind (hachiya), and even the dried kind. [For me, dried persimmons are mandatory in a proper soojunggwa (수정과), Korean cinnamon punch.]

So what about you guys? What fruit wouldn’t you mind getting on Halloween? Submit your answer in the comments and one lucky reader will receive a gorgeous fruit basket from Manhattan Fruitier called the Cortland Hamper ($85 retail value). Trust me, you won’t want to egg my apartment after getting this basket.

The Cortland Hamper contains approximately sixteen pieces of seasonal fruit and also a choice of either a sweet treat (chocolates, biscotti, dried apricots, rugelach, or brownies) or a savory treat (cheddar, almonds, cheese sticks, or soy maple glazed nuts). ‘Cuz fruits are great, but you also need a little somethin’ somethin’.

I’ll be picking one person at random. Giveaway ends All Hallows’ Eve (this Sunday, October 31, 2010) at noon. U.S. entrants only. Good luck and Happy Halloween!

UPDATE (10/31/2010): The winner is Susan! Congratulations to Susan and thank you to everyone who participated! More beautiful fruit baskets can be found at

Manhattan Fruitier
105 E 29th Street (b/n Park & Lexington Ave; map)
NY, NY 10016

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  • wonders at 10:43 pm on October 27, 2010

    I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee persimmons, the crunchy kind. But I love all fruits, I would love cherries in my halloween basket -=D

  • Someguy at 10:58 pm on October 27, 2010

    Lol funny post! I like the snow white tie in.
    I wouldnt mind candy apple and persimmons.
    Just no Duran. I know some ppl love them.

  • Stephanie at 11:19 pm on October 27, 2010

    Asian pears!

  • Jenny at 12:22 am on October 28, 2010

    grapes! especially the red ones. Sweet, juicy, pretty and I can eat them a bunch and save some for later.

  • Nicholas at 12:25 am on October 28, 2010


  • Michelle at 12:26 am on October 28, 2010

    I would love a basket of cherries or strawberries (it’s out of season, but still)…

  • Jennie at 5:37 am on October 28, 2010

    In my Korean household, I grew up eating lots of fruit and I’ll always hold a special place in my heart for Asian pears. Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway!

  • SK at 7:13 am on October 28, 2010

    Oh man, I’d have to agree re: persimmons. I especially love the Hachiyas when they’re fully ripe – yeon-shi, as opposed to the Fuyus/dan-gam… Cos not only can you eat them out of hand with a spoon, you can pop ‘em in the freezer for an awesome persimmon sorbet. :9

  • Christina at 8:31 am on October 28, 2010

    I love persimmons! We planted 8 trees in Rhinebeck 2 years ago!

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  • Matthew at 10:33 am on October 28, 2010

    While not much of an exotic fruit, raisins were always my favorite to get on Halloween. Not only were they a sweet treat, but the empty box doubled as a kazoo!

  • Abi at 11:15 am on October 28, 2010

    I have never had a persimmon, but I am trying new things everyday! :)
    And we give out non-candy items for halloween here. I always expect eggs in return…

  • Andrew at 11:22 am on October 28, 2010

    What I wouldn’t give for a mangosteen in the US. Would settle for a dragonfruit or some passionfruit too!

  • alicia at 1:40 pm on October 28, 2010

    persimmons are my favorites….

  • Ellie at 2:56 pm on October 28, 2010

    Nice crunchy Concorde Pear. Yummmmy!

  • Robin A. at 3:29 pm on October 28, 2010

    There is nothing like persimmons. My mom loves Fuyu and my dad loves Hachiya. I love every kind of persimmons. I wish I could eat persimmons all year around. It would be nice if we have a pick-your-own persimmon orchard but I live in Maryland and there are no persimmon orchards around here. :( I love Soojunggwa, too. I used to make it for myself.

  • evie at 2:58 am on October 29, 2010

    dragon fruit.

  • JenMarie at 6:20 am on October 29, 2010

    I love figs. My grandfather used to eat them all the time & passed the habit to me. Not everyone shares my love, though. Once, talking to a friend on the phone, I said “Mmmmm, I just ate a fig with some goat cheese and honey.” He said, “That sounds perfect. Except the fig!”

  • Erica at 10:35 am on October 29, 2010

    The fancy individually wrapped Asian pears you find at Korean supermarkets.

  • Yin at 11:57 am on October 29, 2010

    Asian pears would be great! I haven’t had them this year yet :)

  • shelby at 3:20 pm on October 29, 2010

    fresh dates!

  • Susan at 5:20 pm on October 29, 2010

    A perfectly ripe peach, with that lovely blush color and everything

  • Kenny at 8:43 pm on October 29, 2010

    I just finished picking all the persimmons from my backyard not too long ago. The squirrels around here love them.

    I wouldn’t complain if i received pears in my basket. So much you could do to it

  • Helen at 12:43 am on October 30, 2010

    Do the chocolate-covered cherries from Harry & David count? They do contain some form of fruit. Yum, persimmons. I just had one (fuyu) after dinner tonight.

  • Sarah at 4:14 pm on October 30, 2010

    I’ve been grooving on pears lately, so I’ll have to jump on that train. My local farmer’s market has an “experimental” kind from upstate NY that has been delicious this year.

  • bionicgrrrl at 1:12 pm on October 31, 2010

    @wonders, @Michelle – I love cherries too! Especially when they’re dark and hard.

    @someguy – I love durian! I would love getting a durian too. You know durians are expensive!

    @Stephanie, @Jennie, @Yin, @Erica – I always look forward to Korean pears in the fall.

    @SK – My dad always does that and tells me it tastes just like ice cream! Haha, it doesn’t taste like ice cream, but I love frozen persimmons too.

    @Christina – Gimme some persimmons!!!!

    @Matthew – A kazoo?! I’ve never tried that!

    @Abi – You should try one. But you have to make sure the hachiya persimmons are really ripe. Otherwise it’ll make your mouth turn.

    @Andrew – Mangosteens are great. You can get previously frozen mangosteens in Chinatown, but they aren’t the same.

    @Jenny – Did you ever have Kyoho red grapes? They are awesome.

    @Nicholas – Fig season is over! Ahhhh!!!!! Next year, FIG PARTY!!!

    @alicia – Persimmon buddies!

    @Ellie – You like Concorde pears more than Korean pears?

    @Robin A. – I need to make some soojunggwa this year!

    @evie – Dragonfruit are gorgeous. I always think they’re prettier than they taste.

    @JenMarie – How could anyone not like figs? Weird.

    @shelby – I love dates, fresh and cooked.

    @Susan – My favorite are white peaches. Delicious.

    @Kenny – Everyone has a persimmon tree except me!

    @Helen – My brother loves chocolate covered cherries.

    @Sarah – Experimental? Where and which stand? I’ll check it out if it’s in NYC.

  • Susan at 4:21 pm on October 31, 2010

    Yay! I’m so excited! Thanks again!

  • Sara at 9:52 am on November 1, 2010


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