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Berkeley Bowl - limequats and 69 cent lb asparagus

rworange Feb 29, 2012 10:45 PM

Lots of great asparagus deals at BBW, the least expensive being pencil asparagus for 69 cents lb (from Mexico)

The limequat which is in the tropical fruit section near the baby pineapples, was something new to me. This blog has a great photo and a good description ... they are about the size of a large kumquat.

"Like a kumquat, biting into a limequat – peel and all – for the first time can be startling ... After the initial mouth-puckering rush of tart juice and pulp, the flavor grows more complex with the taste of floral-sweet peel and just a hint of bitterness. We didn't expect to become so enamored of these little yellow fruits, but they are quite exceptional."

Yeah. That first bite is startling and the complexity of the floral hint is nice. The above blogger thought they were too tart to eat raw, but I think anyone who can handle a kumquat can handle these.

However, the first thought was that I bet they would make a pretty fabulous drink ... of the alcoholic type.

This site has links to a few drink recipes and one nice looking jam ... at almost five bucks a pound though, that seems a little pricy ... plant your own tree for that one.

Wiki on limequats in general. There are three varieties and I have no clue which one this was.

Gratuitous tips

The Tradiro tomatoes are not bad for this time of year. They are strongly acidic. Grown in California.
Choboni passion fruit yogurt is excellent. The only passion fruit yogurt that actually tasted of that fruit. There are a few crunchy seeds as a bonus.

Tried the blood orange (meh) ... just pink. The pineapple yogurt was ok, but but nothing came close to the greatness of the passion fruit

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  1. Dave MP Feb 29, 2012 11:00 PM

    Cool post! I have never heard of limequats. Anyone seen them elsewhere, especially in San Francisco?

    Dave MP

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    1. re: Dave MP
      Constant Velocity Mar 1, 2012 04:47 PM

      I've seen limequats at the Berkeley Farmers' Market from Ram Das Orchard.

    2. Ruth Lafler Feb 29, 2012 11:07 PM

      I bought a little limequat tree last year. Unfortunately, my dog just jumped all over the planter it's in trying to get to the possum on the fence -- who knows what condition the daylight will reveal it to be in.

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        bigwheel042 Mar 1, 2012 02:24 AM

        Slightly OT, but has anyone else around here seen something called a "Seville blood orange"? Miramonte farms was selling these at the Civic Center farmer's market and I bought a couple, never having seen them before. I don't think they are Moro or Tarocco blood oranges - rather, the color is pink-tinged like a Tarocco but the flavor is extremely tart like a Seville orange, making me think they might be a cross. Hadn't heard of this hybrid before though.

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        1. re: bigwheel042
          rworange Mar 1, 2012 08:36 AM

          Maybe it was a Sanguinello which was discovered in Spain and someone called it Seville.

          1. re: rworange
            bigwheel042 Mar 1, 2012 03:47 PM

            I don't think so, unless they are selling unripe ones. Sanguinellos are sweet and this thing is seriously sour.

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