Diamond Organics' organic fruit sampler includes nine pounds of juicy, high-quality fruit that is attractively presented and carefully packed (though it comes in a box rather than a basket). Reviews also call the California-grown fruit a good value, although reviewers admit that shipping fruit is an expensive business, and you could probably buy fruit of similar quality for far less at a local specialty grocer. Still, fruit samplers are a healthy, festive gift. Diamond Organics' assortments vary by season, but the fall basket may include persimmons, tropical fruit, apples, pears, kiwis, and citrus. If you'd like to send gourmet tidbits instead of fruit, reviewers point to iGourmet's International Classic Gift Basket (*est. $70, including shipping).
We read reviews of Diamond Organics' fruit in The Wall Street Journal, the consumer forums at CookingLight.com, OrganicPicks.com, and the food blog ForkandBottle.com. The Wall Street Journal's review is the largest and the most detailed, and editors rate the ordering experience, shipping cost and time, and the company's return policy. It's worth noting that when you call Diamond Organics, you don't have to wade through numerous voice prompts to reach a customer-service representative. Consumers are united in their praise of Diamond Organics' fruit, which they say lasts even longer than they anticipated.
1. The Wall Street Journal
Nina Siegal reviews five organic fruit baskets with the help of a product manager from a local food co-op. Diamond Organics takes top honors for both overall quality and value with a "Hawaii pineapple so tasty we ate it in one sitting." Also included were well-packed strawberries and "huge, juicy" kiwis.
Review: Fruit Baskets: A New Crop, Nina Siegal, June 17, 2005
This website lets visitors rate and review purveyors of organic products among other services. A detailed review here praises the quality of the Diamond Organics fruit, but dings it for the high price. Notably, reviews say the fruit is nicely presented.
Review: Diamond Organics Reviews, Contributors to OrganicPicks.com
In this forum, readers offer suggestions for better fruit gifts. One contributor who ordered from Diamond Organics says that the fruit arrived on time and in perfect condition and that it lasted a long time.
Review: Looking to Send a Fruit Basket, Contributors to Cooking Light
Site editors discusss two mail-order companies, iGourmet and Diamond Organics. Editors consider Diamond Organics an excellent source if you can't get organic produce in your area.
Review: Web Shopping Reviews, Editors of ForkandBottle.com, Jan. 2005