- Robert Lauriston Apr 23, 2006 01:02 PM
What with the late rains is it green almond season yet? Where can I find some?
Does anyone know if Van Mourik still sells at Ferry Plaza or Civic Center? They are not longer on the list of vendors at FP.
They did sell green almonds if you requested them. I forgot the whole story, but they didn't usually sell them because of the bother. Everyone had their opinion about what exactly a green almond was. So I remember they said that they sent a huge batch to some store in New York and had them returned because they were not green enough for the place.
They were in that second stage mentioned in the gourmet article.
I've had them at both stages and yeah, fine. Tasted that, next. I did try them au natural and not in a dish though.
As the article mentions, Lagier at Ferry Plaza also sells them for one brief week ... and early in the morning ... they are often gone by 9 am (cough, cough ... what was that you said about not going to the Farmers market early ... the early bird gets the green almond ... and interesting produce).
Anyway, I'd ask at their stand and ask to have them put some away for you depending on how green you want them.
I'm sure you could make arrangements with some of the other almond vendors at the farmers markets. I've seen them at Alameny from time to time, but unknown vendors.
Here's an old write-up about Van Mourik with phone number.
I tasted some from De Santis Farm last Thursday at the Marin Civic Center market. They were still in the tender-enough-to-eat-whole stage.
They are at the Civic Center on Thursdays and Sundays, and I am pretty sure they go to the Cannery FM on Saturdays (just a warning that I haven't been to that market in about a year, so can't be sure of that info).
De Santis is a great farm out of the Central Valley. They always have lots of varieties of citrus, and we have been practically living off of their cara cara oranges. Seems to be run by a super great family.
re: Robert Lauriston
I bought some green almonds at the Bowl today.
Right next to them was a box of "sour apricots." They looked like small, green, unripe apricots.
A young woman was nibbling on one of them. I asked her what they were. She said "green almonds." I pointed to the green almonds and she said, "they're the same. My family used to grow these. They are just like the green almonds."
I bought some.
They taste just what you would expect -- sour, unripe, unpleasant. The pit is soft, and is also unpleasant (but in a different way).
Any ideas on how to use "sour apricots"?
We're in the short time window for Spring's green almonds.
I bought these from DeSantis at the Santa Rosa farmers market on April 6. They're $6 per pound, including the branches and leaves, but there were also some loose ones to help fill my bag. These were tart, jelly-like in the center, and soft enough to eat the shell and fuzz too.