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Chinatown Fruit Report-2012

jumpingmonk | Apr 19, 201206:01 AM

Okay here is the annual place to discuss fruit (and related) finds made in Ctown this year (reports of interesting fruits found in other areas are OK too) I'll begin

I'm not really sure if this count's as a fruit report, but it is something I've known about for a few weeks, and might be of interest. It concerns Kam Man, the supermarket on Canal between Mulberry and Mott, for at least the last month or so (probably more, but I've only been visiting that long) the herb section near the counter has had a tub of unshelled walnuts of surprising quality. Not only are they tasty (provided you know how to weigh nuts in your hand to make sure you don't get any withered ones) but a lot of them are HUGE, like ping pong ball sized (and a fair number are even larger, I've picked up ones that are the size of small apricots.) It would probably take a bontanist (like me) to notice this, but quite a few nuts also seem to be from trees that are part (possibly even all) other species (not breeds, actual species) many of which result in nuts with alternate, often delicios variations on a "normal" walnuts flavor (like a walnut that has the sweetness of a pecan while still having a normal walnuts oliyness.)

other than that, the normal stuff, Jackfruits are in as are those itsy bitsy mangoes and apples. Most sellers have mangosteens too by now, though again mostly frozen ones. Only semi odd fruit I've seen have been bunches market as champagne grapes that don't look much like them ones I know. there a bit bigger for one, and for a second theyre green (the ones I know are always purple)

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