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Farmers mkts: Berkeley & SF Civic Center - lucious, local dragon fruit

rworange | Oct 25, 2005 09:44 PM

Phan Farms is currently selling some outstanding dragonfruit at the Tuesday Berkeley and Wednesday SF Civic Center farmers market.

In the link below it says the fruit is "sweet, juicy, and crisp and has a taste reminiscent of pear, kiwi and watermelon." The texture and seeds are kiwi-like, but it is sweet without the slight tang of Kiwi ... and so much more juicy.

There is a picture of this spectacularily colored, pretty fruit in that link. The one at the farmers market has the white flesh.

I asked the vendor to pick me out one and how to select one in the future. She said to look for a shiny skin and the skin should be thin.

I've seen them in the Berkeley Bowl, but they were from Mexico and dull looking. Also there is a look of pride when the vendor picks up one of her dragon fruit. This is someone who knows that she is selling a quality product.

I became interested in these a year ago when I had a beautiful, delicious pink drink made from dragon fruit called Chan at Los Guanacos (4479 Mission Street).

The fresh fruit is even better. It is pricy - $4 for a small one and $7 for a large size. They are just so good though. Here's to a long dragon fruit season. I'm so there next Tuesday.

Also, the vendor with the pumpkin quark doesn't sell at the Tuesday Berkeley Market. I don't really remember them selling at the Thursday Berkeley Market either.

Full Belly Farm has some spectacular looking hot peppers. Very nice selection. Loved the wicked looking tiny red peppers.

Link: http://www.melissas.com/catalog/index...

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