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What were they cleaning? Please help identify this fruit or nut! [Moved from Manhattan board]

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What were they cleaning? Please help identify this fruit or nut! [Moved from Manhattan board]

erica | Nov 2, 2007 02:14 PM

Walking along 11th Street between 7th and 6th Avenues today I noticed a group of Asian people crouched on the sidewalk under a tree on the south side of the street. Spead before them, on white cloths, were heaps of grape-sized gold/green/tan fruits. Or nuts. The people appeared to be cleaning these things.. separating the soft shell from the actual kernel. There was scaffolding under part of the tree so I am wondering if these people had somehow climbed up onto the top to find the fruit/nuts.. Or did they just gather them from the sidewalk??

What was this??? I am thinking gingko? That is why NY is so great..always something new on the chow front!!

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