Persian-Azeri-Georgian Sour Plums - Where to Buy in SF, Berkeley, Oakland or North Bay?
I'm putting on a Georgian (the republic, not the state) supra (banquet) and need sour plums. I've seen the fresh ones in spring time at the Armenian grocers in Fresno. I'm told that Persian markets might sell preserved sour plums or plum paste. Anyone familiar with this product? I have limited time to call around, don't know what to ask for, and am just hoping someone has seen it on the shelf. Where can I buy this Thursday morning in San Francisco, along the 80-corridor (Berkeley, Oakland, Albany, El Cerrito), Marin or Sonoma counties?
If it's an Armenian thing, they will almost certainly have it at Royal.
5801 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA
New World Market
5641 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121
3038 Clement St, San Francisco, CA
Royal Market & Bakery
5335 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA
They're often thrown into Persian stews pits and all. Just need to warn diners to be on the lookout for them.
They're totally different than the gojeh sabz mentioned by RL below. Those are little rocks of green tart fresh spring fruit available around March; the aloocheh are dried sweet sour fruit available in persian grocery stores all the time.
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I stopped by Super Sunnyvale, which is a hybrid Mexican/Persian market, and found two likely products. One is "Fine Sour Plum Tamer," a soft brown paste in a plastic pouch, which includes pits but they would be easy to remove. The other seemed to be a dozen whole plums, preserved, and vacuum packed so that individual plums could probably be extracted. Labeled Damson plums.
Both products are red/brown, so I think there are two types of products--the unripe green plums eaten with salt (goje sabz), and a tart red plum somewhat like our Santa Rosa plums that even when ripe isn't actually sweet.
Here's a picture front and back of the same pack I bought last night:
(public, doesn't require log in):
933 E Duane Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94085
According to my Georgian cookbooks, the Georgian name for unripe mirabelle plum preserves is tkemali.
The Persian name for unripe plums is gojeh sabz. I'm not sure they make preserves from them. I don't think dried would be very similar.