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May 24, 2007 12:46 PM

loquats and lemoncello sorbet

Summer's definitely arrived. I made a stop at the Serramonte farmer's market this morning, and once again felt like I had wandered into Mayberry, with apricot samples.

The corn people haven't arrived yet, but I managed to snag my first great tomatoes this season, a box of loquats, a fine levain, bouquets of sweet peas, and of course the apricots. The berry man couldn't resist filling my strawberry and raspberry baskets to overflowing. Seriously, this is a friendly place. Also enjoyed Dalek's artichoke dip, which I noticed has swiss cheese and walnuts in it.

The market is Thursday mornings until 1 behind Target and Saturday mornings until (I think) 2. Probably one-third organic. Highly recommended.

I detoured by Mitchell's on the way home.This week's sorbet is Lemoncello. While it's not going to give Delfina's extraordinary apricot sorbet a run for the money, it was perfect for a sunny day.

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  1. Mmmm, sweet peas. I hope they have fragrance.

    What do you do with loquats? I have access to two trees. The owners just let the fruit rot on the ground. I don't think they taste very good plain. Do you cook with them?

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    1. re: Glencora

      They should taste good by themselves--maybe they need to fertilize them. Make sure you're peeling them first.

      And yes, the flowers have a delicate scent. But the raspberries smell even better.

      1. re: Windy

        They need to be very ripe. Also, many trees were planted as ornamentals and some of those varieties don't produce fruit that's tasty.

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          That might be it, thanks. They are nice looking trees. I'll have to buy some and see if there's a difference.

          1. re: Glencora

            They're hard to find in stores, which is why I was so excited to see them. We grew them in Miami, where I grew up, but it's a lot warmer there. They should taste almost like a peach but the texture of a cantaloupe.

            1. re: Windy

              During the season, there's a sidewalk stand on the corner of Pacific and Stockton in SF Chinatown that sells loquats.

              1. re: Windy

                They are fairly common as an ornamental in California, even the Bay Area. Keep your eyes out for a tree on public property. I also grew up in Miami and have some neighborhood trees staked out. A lot of trees are seedlings so flavor varies. My own tree tastes nice but has not much fruit pulp and a lot of seed.

                What I really want is access to mango trees!

      2. Does the limoncello sorbet taste alcoholic?

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Not at all. I think it's an improvement over their old kalamansi recipe.

        2. The San Mateo market at CSM has a vendor who's had loquats for the last two weeks - this week they were uglier but riper and had more flavor but not as much as the fruit on a tree hanging over a parking lot on El Camino in Redwood City... The Apriums (or were they plumcots...) were at their zenith this week - can't remember the name but they are yellow skinned. Fabulous flavor and texture.

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          1. re: RWCFoodie

            I have a loquat tree in my backyard and this year I have tons of fruit! Other than eating them peeled, any other suggestions?

                1. re: mlgb

                  Maybe you're thinking of kumkuats? Loquat peel seems pretty inedible to me.

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    I definitely know the difference. No more inedible than say, Granny Smith apple peels.

            1. Hmm--someone at Mitchell's is going wild with the sorbet flavors. Tonight I tried coconut-ginger (horrible) and apricot (okay at first bite, not great). The third option was bananaberry.

              Hope they get back to mango and pear sorbet soon. No sign of the summer flavors yet, although peach and cantelope should be in any day.

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              1. re: Windy

                What was wrong with the coconut-ginger? That *should* be great, and their coconut flavors are excellent.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  Yes, I love their macapuno and ginger ice cream, so it was disappointing. This was a sorbet, so it didn't have any of the body or creaminess of their coconut ice creams.

                  The ginger overwhelmed, like when you accidentally put too much of it in carrot juice.