Fresh, fuzzy unripe almonds are a sure sign of spring at Middle Eastern and Indian markets, and nsenada recently spotted them: "They look like a bunch of twigs with green pods hanging off of them."
So what do they taste like? Kinda bitter, kinda sour, very interesting, particularly the fuzz: "When they are very young, the almond still watery, you eat them (lemony tasting) velvet and all. When they get a little more mature, you crack them open and just eat the young white almond," says StriperGuy. Bob Dobalina notes that "there are not nearly enough velvety foods in the world."
The almonds can be found at Arax, among other locations.
Arax Market [MetroWest]
585 Mount Auburn Street, Watertown
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