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Tuesday Berkeley Farmers Market - honeydew sorbet, 1st dragonfruit & Royal white figs


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Tuesday Berkeley Farmers Market - honeydew sorbet, 1st dragonfruit & Royal white figs

rworange | | Sep 4, 2007 06:21 PM

Phan had the season's first dragonfruit at $7 a pound. They said it will be available for the next two months. Here's a link about the Phan dragonfruit.

Even if you are not a fan of Twin Girls Ice Cream, you MUST ... MUST .... try the honeydew sorbet. It is better than any melon I've had this year and is like biting into the sweetest, most perfect honeydew in your life ... all cold and lovely.

I forgot the vendor, but he's the only one who grows Royal white figs in the US ... he thinks. These are lovely, lovely, lovely. They have a pretty raspberry-colored interior that is light and almost liquid. The skin is a little thicker than most which gives it almost a nice crunch. I blush ... just finished off a basket in one sitting and if it wasn't too late, I'd drive back for more.

The vendor said about 15 years ago a customer from Greece gave him a cutting and as far as he knows, he's the only farm growing it. Same vendor has Beerss limes, white pomegranites and California (I think) pears ... little crimson pearrs.

Another new-to-me fig at another vendor was called Osborne profile. It seem somewhere inbetween a turkey fig and a mission. Not as flavorful as a mission and not as bland as a turkey fig.

The real reason for going today was getting the Dirty Girl dry-farmed Early Girl tomatoes. These are amazing. I tried Quezel a few weeks ago and they didn't do a lot for me, but if I could only eat one food, I could happily live on those Early Girls.

As reported by Gordon Wing, Frog Hollow has their wonderful Warren pears, though by the looks of them, I'm guessing they will only be there a week or two more.

I took a chance last week and bought a bottle of Frog Hollow's olive oil. It is good with a green flavor that calls attention to itself. Good for dipping. Not farmers market olive oil but I just discovered the joy of Lola's Olive Oil. Lola's started to sell it recently and it is a wonderful light oil and at $12 for 32 oz (I think), a real buy. John said that customers were asking him where they could get the olive oil he uses, so he started to sell it. Also, he thinks olive oil prices are out of line and wanted to provide a quality olive oil at a good price. it is.

Last week was the first time I've been to the Tuesday Market in years. It is pretty much the same.

Queen of Sheba honey was new to me. They have a shop somewhere in Berkeley. I liked the wildflower which had a lot of character.

One of the vendors was selling cactus pear, aka tuna, the bulb part of the cactus. Coincidentally I bought some Sunday for the first time at a local mercado ... pealed with a half a lime. They are wonderful and really do have a pear texture and taste ... with a lot of seeds like a guava. Anyway the vendor was selling two colors, white and a pretty gold/red. He was giving samples and I recommned giving it a try.

Highland Hills was new to me. Flaco's is roasting corn on a grill and it is very good. I used an ear in a stew and it gave a nice smoky flavor. On a hot day like today, I recommend that Blue Bottle New Orleans iced coffee.

Some previous posts about the Berkeley farmers markets including this excellent guide by Morton the Mousse

Delicious Thai at the Berkeley Farmers' Market

The Berkeley Farmer's Market Overview best breakfast pastry in the Bay Area

Quetzal Farm dry-farmed tomatoes