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May 2, 2011 03:30 PM

Russo's today

Morels, very nice looking, 39.98 a pound. Ramps, fresh garlic, spring onions all were handsome. fiddleheads looked a little tired. Haitian mangos, along with champagne mangos. meyer lemons and key limes.

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  1. So after three years in the Boston area, I finally made it to Russo's yesterday. I left asking myself: why didn't I listen to the Boston hounds earlier???? My favorite picks were, among many other purchases, nopales, green figs, and tunas (cactus pear). And I had never seen a variety of eggplants like that before. As my husband unpacked the bags, he got bummed that he hadn't gone with me.

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    1. re: Cachetes

      so glad you enjoyed it. along with New Deal Seafood and Arax, Russo's is one of the places my husband loves to share the shopping with me (and the Brookline Farmer's Market). These places remind him of the wonderful open markets of his Brooklyn childhood.

      1. re: Cachetes

        Hope you laid in some of the local peaches as well. I bought myself one to have as a treat after I finished my shopping. I ate it in the parking lot (I wouldn't have dared eat it in a Zipcar, given the juiciness) and then turned right around about bought three pounds' worth to take home. As good as the farmers market peaches have been this year, that peach was literally as good as any peach I have ever had.

        1. re: Jenny Ondioline

          Can you tell me exactly what kind of peach it was? Russo's has several varieties and my luck with peaches has been lousy. Despite all the reports of this being a great peach year, every one I've bought has been either tasteless, mealy or, after just one day of ripening, mush. I'd really like to get some great ones!

          1. re: katzzz

            Yellow-flesh, freestone, round, under the sign that says Local Peaches between the apples and the lettuce on the left-side wing of the store. The white peach I had from that table was also quite nice, if not as transcendent.

            1. re: Jenny Ondioline

              Thanks! I'm on my way to Russo's in the morning. I'm eager to try Mark Bittman's tomato and peaches salad recipe after watching him rave about the combination in this video on his blog.