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Tuesday Evening Farmers Market at Otay Ranch Center & Pakistani Mulberries

kare_raisu May 21, 2008 09:32 AM

Wonderful early evening yesterday there. I didn't know that it was going on but its definitely one of the better ones I have been to. I hope i can make it back

There was even a great classical guitarist playing. We bought some immaculate root on wild[er] cilantro - that was almost pepicha like. Super sweet strawberries and photogenic summer squash varietals.

Vendors included a carne asada stand, East African veg, British etc. The roasted corn and agua fresca stand smelled and looked amazing.

The best discovery however was picking up some Pakistani Mullberries. Soo good! If you can imagine a long black or boysenberry but with a slightly different flavor. Has anyone had or seen these?

Today's U-T food section mentions the FM as being new and taking place every Tues. from 4pm -8pm with 10,000 lbs of fresh produce

  1. kare_raisu May 21, 2008 09:58 AM

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    1. toodie jane May 25, 2008 09:59 AM

      A little research indicates this tree is named "Morus alba, variety 'Pakistan' " or Pakistan Fruiting Mullberry.

      Another fruiting mulberry of a different species, is "Morus nigra" or Persian Fruiting Mulberry. It bears shorter but equally intensely falvored berry.

      All you SoCal and Central Valley chowhounds can easily culitvate these fast growing fruit trees. Trees are available at full service nurseries during the winter dormant season.

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      1. re: toodie jane
        Caroline1 May 25, 2008 11:54 AM

        But be forewarned. Mulberry trees drop their fruit. The trees, at least one variety, grow quite large. As a kid growing up in the area under discussion, neighbors had a huge mulberry tree, about as tall as their two story house, that dropped ripe mulberries all over the huge white marble picnic table nestled under it. Uncle Frank used to grouse about having to either move the table or the tree. Either was a gargantuan task that never got tackled. It's so much neater to go to a farmers market and buy a flat or two of mulberries. Well, unless you have your heart set on growing silk worms.

        1. re: Caroline1
          phee May 25, 2008 02:43 PM

          I can vouch for that. We have a mulberry tree in our front yard that I would love for someone to take away!

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            P Macias May 25, 2008 06:42 PM

            Oh, how can you say that Phee? Do you have white carpeting?
            We used to have a dwarf mulberry tree in our front yard and my kids had the dirtiest clothes in town. I made them undress to eat mulberries! But, my daughter still craves that taste. No wonder they're expensive. We also have a huge tree by the parking lot at work and our custodian despises the blessed thing since everyone tracks berry juice inside. But aren't they beautiful? How unusual to find them at farmer's markets. I must go there.

          2. re: Caroline1
            toodie jane May 28, 2008 08:44 AM

            Mulberries take very well to hard pruning for size control. Pollarding works well.

            1. re: toodie jane
              Caroline1 May 28, 2008 10:03 AM

              Yeah, but do they ever become discrimintory about where they drop their berries? Now there's a thought! Instead of a kitty litter box, a mulberry litter box! I'd plant a tree for that. '-)

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          Dayote Jun 30, 2008 09:28 AM

          Hi Kare,

          How much did they sell the mulberries for???

          Thanks a ton,

          D

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          1. re: Dayote
            kare_raisu Jun 30, 2008 10:36 AM

            $3 for a square

            1. re: kare_raisu
              d
              Dayote Jul 1, 2008 09:12 AM

              Thanks Kare,

              I have never bought them in a square, how much are they a pound?

              Also did you eat them fresh or use them in cooking?

              I have hear that they are great for cooking. But I usually use them fresh.

              Thanks a ton,

              D

              1. re: Dayote
                kare_raisu Jul 1, 2008 01:43 PM

                Not sure by the lbs. Eat them fresh!!!

          2. d
            Dayote Jul 1, 2008 10:13 PM

            I have eaten them fresh and reslly enjoyed them.

            But I have heard that they are good for cooking. My wife wanted to try and cook with them and I wanted to know how much they are a pound.

            Do you know what farm was selling them.

            Thanks a ton

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            1. re: Dayote
              kare_raisu Jul 1, 2008 10:21 PM

              I cant remember but If you go Tues evening to that market you are bound to find the guy - I think he is there every week.

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