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wisperch May 31, 2012 07:01 PM

Where in the Twin Cities can you get slightly more exotic fruits? I've tried the usual suspects, Whole foods and the coops. Specifically, I'm looking for blood oranges to make liquor.

  1. steamer May 31, 2012 07:27 PM

    the season is over but I saw some at linden Hills coop today.

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      wisperch Jun 1, 2012 06:57 AM

      Thanks - I did not know that! I had tried the Wedge. I'll go to Linden Hills today.

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      steve_in_stpaul Jun 1, 2012 05:01 PM

      Mississippi Market coop had them this past winter as a pretty regular thing, but I would guess the season is pretty near gone. Might be worth a call to them to see if they have them on hand.

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        AnneInMpls Jun 1, 2012 09:14 PM

        Or switch to an in-season fruit for your liqueur until blood oranges are back in season next winter. (Alcohol has a way of concentrating the bad and mediocre, as well as the good.) This year's strawberries are early and amazing - at least the once I've gotten at Seward Co-op this week. I'm thinking of starting a strawberry-infused vodka this weekend.

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          suburban_mom Jun 2, 2012 07:16 AM

          Can you tell me more about your strawberry-infused vodka?

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            AnneInMpls Jun 2, 2012 05:22 PM

            Not much to tell! It'll be co-op organic strawberries + vodka + time. But I haven't started it yet - the strawberries from Seward Co-op have been so nice that I eat them all. Or maybe it's just that I'm craving spring/summer fruits after overdosing on citrus. :-)

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              suburban_mom Jun 2, 2012 08:08 PM

              Room temp? Fridge? Ratio of strawberries to vodka? Sliced strawberries? Whole Strawberries?

              What do you mean there isn't much to tell???? ;)

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                AnneInMpls Jun 2, 2012 09:44 PM

                Sorry, Sub. Mom, I think I have to send you off to the Spirits board (infused vodka recipes aren't in the charter of this board). Here's are two threads with some general info and tips:

                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/851030
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/801546

                To keep this post relevant to this board, I'd like to add more info on local in-season fruits that could sub for blood oranges, in case wisperch can't find any right now. But I'm at a loss. I wonder if asparagus-infused vodka would be any good?

                OK, so what's in the stores right now that would be good for infused vodka?

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                  wisperch Jun 3, 2012 07:36 AM

                  Beets? French radishes? Seriously - thank you all for your help. Clearly I am a newbie at this liquor thing - but I really look forward to trying it!

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