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May 3, 2009 07:55 AM

Montreal public market thread-2009

I hereby propose that we report seasonal produce sightings, new stands, new ice cream offerings and ups and comings of the markets (I guess mostly JTM and Atwater) in this thread.

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  1. Quebec fiddleheads are in. I saw some at Maisonneuve market last week.

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    1. re: SnackHappy

      Fiddleheads are such a tease. I love them so but I find it's almost impossible to get them fresh enough unless you pick them yourself and use on the same day. Whenever I see these at the marker, I am so tempted.

    2. "New" veggie this year, fresh chick peas; either I was not looking previous years, but it seems to be the rage this spring.

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      1. re: Maximilien

        Definitely new. I've also seen them at Eden, and also spotted a dish at Sparrow's lunch menu. Fresh chickpeas are the new arugula.

          1. re: The Chemist

            I just prepared them the same way I do for fresh green peas.

            1. re: The Chemist

              If they are fresh enough, I snack on them, raw, while watching bad TV. My grandma used to have these in her garden, and unfortunately the taste starts deteriorating the minute after they are picked; just like peas. You can also briefly steam them in the pod, like edamame. I don't eat the pods, just the shelled peas.

              Add them to salads, sautee them with butter. Reservoir had an interesting hummus type concoction as a side, perhaps couple of weeks ago. It was very green tasting, without much heavy tahini tones. I am guessing they used some other binder, like mayonnaise, or yogurt. I was impressed.

            2. re: emerilcantcook

              D'oh - I tried Eden tonite but couldn't find any of these fresh chickpeas anywhere. Did I miss the wave?

              1. re: anachemia

                I think you did. I haven't seen them in a while now.

                But the market is full of beautiful fava beans, and I saw sour cherries. Raspberries are looking really great and in season. Bought my first yellow plums, hope they are good this year. And for those of you who are pickling, I bought a big box of really nice kirby cucumbers.

                1. re: moh

                  moh, do you know when Royal figs will be in season?

                  1. re: souschef

                    When do the white figs come out?

                    1. re: Andria

                      White figs? Never heard of them before. What are they like?

                    2. re: souschef

                      No Royal figs yet. They usually are out later on in August. They are usually from Greece.

                      So far all I am seeing are the California figs, and mostly the green figs. I haven't bought any yet, they don't look juicy and luscious yet.

                      I don't know what white figs are, I'm afraid. Are you referring to the pale green ones? Or something different?

                      1. re: moh

                        Yup, the pale green ones are the ones to which I am referring... sorry for the confusion. Both the small ones and the big ones.

                        1. re: Andria

                          They are there! But I am giving them another week or two before trying. I like my figs goozy and sticky, and these are not yet there. They would be perfect for grilled preparations right now, and firm enough to throw in salads. They look lovely, but I am waiting for some of the flats to have a few that have broken open, oozing honey and fig juice. I just eat those whole, don't do anything to interfere with their figgy goodness.

                          1. re: moh

                            Where, in your opinion, is the best place to get them?

                            1. re: Andria

                              I just go along all the shops on the south side of the market. I love Chez Nino, but sometimes some of the other fruit places have nice flats too. They run about $18-20 per flat, and sometimes one place will be cheaper than the others, or have nicer looking flats. Don't forget about the shop near Capitol, a lot of people don't make it over there, but they can have good prices and selection.

                              1. re: moh

                                I picked up a box of green figs at fruiterie Mile End on Parc just below Bernard yesterday for $6. They're good. The one of the markets, I realize, but what an amazing price!

                                1. re: moh

                                  The green figs have been about $8-10 per smallish flat of figs, a pretty good price. Still haven't seen the black or Royal figs yet.

              2. I was happy to see the nut stand back at JTM this weekend.

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                1. re: FoodNovice

                  Hell yeah, they have chocolate and cocoa covered almonds and chocolate dipped hazelnuts that are new and really good. Still hoping they'll carry Marcona almonds though. I'll tell Mathieu, one of the owners, about them.

                2. I bought morels at Nino at JTM about a week ago, for $69 per lb.

                  I posted this before, but as I mentioned a recipe, it got moved to the recipe seciton.

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                  1. re: souschef

                    I just bought some asparagus at Mil'herbes and Birri this morning at JTM. They were pretty much everywhere.

                    1. re: Simon Patrice

                      The Kiosque Mont Royal had local asparagus and fiddleheads yesterday, about 2 bucks a bunch/bag. They were looking good.

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