land of fruit and nuts n. California. Editorial Note: A reference to both the agricultural bounty of California and the stereotypical image of Californians as being other than normal, fruit n., ‘a crazy person’ and nuts adj., ‘crazy.’ Usually jocular but sometimes derogatory. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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  1. dougkat says:

    I can’t cite any old print references, but that phrase was current in the 1940s.

  2. sarakeating says:

    This is, indeed, an oldie but goodie – we used to say California was like granola- nuts, fruits and flakes.

  3. Gabe says:

    The only time I’ve ever heard of this phrase was in direct reference to San Francisco. Where fruit meant gay people and nuts meant crazy people. Perhaps because I grew up in California I’ve only heard this version.

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