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Fruitarianism is a quest for optimal ethical ways to live and healthy diets based on fruits and seeds.

The line above is the essence of my worldview as a fruitarian. I am a long-term ethical vegan-fruitarian (frugan) since my teenage years, about 1993.

I advocate for a greater proportion of fruits in human diet for ethical and environmental reasons, which also seems to be rather healthy for most of us.

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Since 2007, I ran small and bigger online fruitarian communities. In this section I will gather published there useful articles on fruitarianism related to my own experience, including materials from the International Fruitarian Network (2009-2019).

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I am a long term vegan-fruitarian who radically changed her lifestyle as a teenager, at 18, and maintained and adjusted it during two following decades. I doubted fruitarianism, but my fruitarian position remains surprisingly strong. This a short version of my fruitarian story, about five-page read.

A story of a long-term vegan fruitarian.

As the author of the site, I feel obliged to provide you with some information about my knowledge, credentials (if any), and the reasons I talk about fruitarianism publically - so you can assess the information I offer more critically. 

I was adjusting my definition of fruitarianism for 20 years, periodically changing it after reflecting on what I learned and experienced. You can read it on the top of the page, and the current version is this: 

Fruitarianism - a quest for optimal ethical ways to live and diets based on fruits and seeds. 

This is the line I just attempted to add to the definition of fruitarianism on the Wikipedia page
"Fruitarianism can also be viewed as a set of ethical values, including respecting lives of plants, and their implementation in lifestyle." But I could not find eligible resources to cite.

Wiki is the most popular resource online, and the article dedicated to fruitarianism requires some explanation for most people who are new to the term. In this article, I will also give my personal perspective of a practicing skeptic fruitarian.

Fruitarian diet consists primarily of fruits and seeds in the botanical sense.


  • Foundation: edible botanical fruits - preferably fresh;
  • Extension: edible botanical seeds - raw, soaked, cooked;
  • Addition: flowers, leaves, tubers - gathered without killing the plants;
  • Further possible additions: seaweed, mushrooms;
  • In some variations of fruitarianism: other ethically sourced additions. 

Examples of fruitarian meals

  • a whole melon, followed by a bunch of apricots after a while;
  • several large pieces of sweet fruits and a handful of nuts a bit later;
  • a savory fruit salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, flax seeds or avocado, and herbs and spices;
  • tomato-quinoa salad with avocado and arugula;
  • a big bowl of fresh or unfrozen green peas or garbanzo beans.

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These are my thoughts on on fruitarianism as a current social phenomenon with a few insider observations from the last years.

I appreciate your intention and time you are willing to spent on writing me a letter about fruitarianism. I want you to know that, but also something else, in respect to the precious time of your life.

I appreciate your intention and time you are willing to spent on writing me a letter. I want you to know that, but also something else in respect to the precious time of your life.
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I have created the International Fruitarian Network in 2009. I am going to move its most interesting materials here and extend them with time. For now, most articles from data was moved to Data.

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Please read this article if you:

  1. are trying to figure out why I did not answer your private question,
  2. would like to know why I do not discuss fruitarianism privately,
  3. or want to talk with me in private anyway. 

Before I start, please let me tell you that I am painfully aware that by refusing to discuss fruitarianism in private messages in the recent years and by making it difficult to contact me, I might have lost precious opportunities to get to know wonderful human beings. I hope you will understand me better after the following explanation.

Non-sweet fruitarian salad - basic, easy, and quick

Let me tell you how I make a basic non-sweet fruitarian salad, step by step, with 12 pictures.

This is a very simple recipe. Making this tomato-based salad, you can skip any ingredient, according to your preferences or mood, and still have a decent fairly healthy basic fruitarian or frugan meal. It takes less than 10 minutes to make it if you already have tomatoes and some avocadoes, chips, or greens. The dishes are easy to wash afterwards.

 The ingredients you can usually get in any grocery store, in any season. People who have no interest in following any special diet can enjoy this salad too, as well as all vegetarians - it is vegan. 

Fruitarian Salad - a somewhat complex non-sweet fruit salad recipe, with my usual spices and herbs, and with some additional ingredients this time like chives, oregano, sage, thyme, marjoram, basil, rosemary, etc. - raw vegan, for Winter and cold - a 30-minute improvised video:

Hope you liked some of my ideas and got your own!

Fruitarian Salad - a somewhat complex non-sweet fruit salad recipe, with my usual spices and herbs, and with some additional ingredients this time like chives, oregano, sage, thyme, marjoram, basil, rosemary, etc. - raw vegan, for Winter and cold - a 30-minute improvised video.
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This is my collections of snippets of scientific data related to fruitarianism, environment, and health - from scientific internet publications and other seemingly credible online sources, with links:

  • concise knowledge summaries of results derived by scientific method,
  • short aggregated definitions and overviews, citations, expert opinions. 


  1. Primary sources, like governmental agencies, peer reviewed journals; 
  2. Secondary sources, like scholarly articles and expert reviews;
  3. Tertiary sources, like encyclopedias, dictionaries, and textbooks.

Data - factual information used as a basis for reasoning, discussion, or calculation.

Knowledge is the body of truth, information, and principles acquired by humankind.

A definition is a statement of the meaning of a term - a word, a phrase, or a set of other symbols.

  • Fruitarian network of practicing fruitarians, people considering fruitarian lifestyle, supporters and researchers of the fruitarian community.
  • Fruitarian discussions - talking about fruitarianism, exchanging fruitarian ideas - conversations and debate about fruitarian topics.
  • Plus, interesting and remarkable people answer fruitarian questions.

Interviews about fruitarian philosophy and lifestyle.

My responses to publications from a perspective of my version of fruitarianism.

Member articles.

All about my little fruitarian orchard in Southern California, US planting zone 10a (extreme minimum temperature 30-35 F or -1 to 1.7 C, USDA Plant Hardiness Zone), founded in 2018. The growing surface is about 0.17 acre (or approximately 688 square meters), and more than half is taken by the native or already established plants, like yucca, pines, palms, schinus, and sago).

This tiny garden is located ~3.5 miles (~5.6 km) from the Pacific coastline, on a hill, and is exposed to strong winds - usually cold, bus sometimes from the desert, blazing southern Californian Sun, and significant daily temperature changes. Lots of wild life visits it, especially birds.

We have very little rain most of the year, and the city water here is very expensive because of the drought conditions. The native soils are very poor, with clay and rocks. I am building the soil up with compost, mulch, and other methods from permaculture, Hügelkultur, and other horticultural techniques.

Plants in my orchard that live many years. I concentrate on trees, bushes, and self-propagating patches.

Annual and biennial plants that have a shorter life span, often less than one or two years. Aalmost all seasonal plants I grow are self-seeding herbs.

I include here plants that suppose to be short lived, but grow longer in my garden (like onions), and also those that could be perennial in warmer climates but considered short-lived here (e.g. tomatoes, though I had mine grow longer than two years).

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