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Arkansas Black Apples at Monterey Market and BBowl

oakjoan Oct 28, 2006 04:56 AM

The greatest apples on earth have at last arrived in the East Bay. I bought some at Mont.Mkt. - 2 kinds. Cheaper, larger ones outside in the bins and smaller, organic ones inside ($.89 abd $1.29 respectively). Both are good. These apples are what apples should be. - crisp, tangy (not oversweet) and juicy.

I've been really disappointed with all the apples I've bought so far this year. Paying top price for some at Market Hall Produce made no difference - they were mealy and bleah. Those I saw last week at BB all looked as if they were picked long ago - they actually FELT uncrisp.

Anyway - rush right out and get some of these beauties before their season is over and they disappear for yet another year. They're calling them Black Arkansas at Mont. Mkt.

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    gordon wing RE: oakjoan Oct 28, 2006 06:35 AM

    thanks for the heads up - love these apples! and they are definitely better early in the season.

    1. Robert Lauriston RE: oakjoan Oct 28, 2006 06:40 AM

      There were some at the Marin farmers market last Sunday.

      I got some organic Honeycrisps at Berkeley Bowl tonight. Good but not as good as the Pinovas they were out of, or the Braeburns from the farmers market.

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        megek RE: Robert Lauriston Oct 28, 2006 05:21 PM

        Yes the Braeburns and Royal Romes at the Berkeley farmer's market have been great the past couple weeks. Will have to try out Monterey Market Black apples.

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          Robert Lauriston RE: megek Oct 28, 2006 05:34 PM

          Note that a ripe Arkansas Black is very, very dark, almost black.

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            oakjoan RE: Robert Lauriston Oct 28, 2006 07:29 PM

            Yes, that's partially true, but the ones that have lots of deep, winy reddish black and some green are great as well so you can buy those and not worry. I can vouch as I've eaten several.

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        artemis RE: oakjoan Oct 28, 2006 08:07 PM

        arkansas blacks have also been available at the sf civic center farmer's market for the past couple of weeks for $1.50/lb. there's one stand that has wooden bins with over a half-dozen varieties of apples. he's on the federal building side of the market.

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