Sunday, April 18, 2010

Stockton, CA


It must be because we have been demoted from the country's "Most Miserable City" to number two. I'm sure by some criteria, it may be true, but my Stockfish was in lovely form today. A sunny 80 degrees. A delightful little olive oil festival with local producers - I must have tasted a good pint and bought a little olive tree. Then Earth Day in the park across from my house. The Bad Goods rocked, great food songs too. And the market was small but right on. Fava beans already! And WHO has ever seen green almonds in a farmer's market?? Crunchy, slightly lemony and sweet. Is there something else one can do with them? A buck a pound!

12 comments:

Kristine said...

I have as many green almonds as you can harvest if you find something to do with them.

The Bad Goods were in fine form.

Happy Earth Day!

Kristine said...

Ok hey, isn't there some ancient Italian liquor which we can make?

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Ken Albala said...

Kristine, I'm sorry I only got to grope your leg for a second today! COme by. One of my cheeses turned BLUE. As in veins of mold through it. I think because pasteurized cheese.

And no, it's walnuts used in Italy. And picked green walnuts in England. Yum.

AND ONCE AGAIN the Chinese comment appears whenever you write. NO idea why!

sharon parquette nimtz said...

I remember that Priscilla Martel of All about food in Chester, CT was dealing with green almonds in intriguing ways at a James Beard Awards Dinner several years ago. Yum. I've always wanted to find some.

Ken Albala said...

Marilyn sent me this source, so I thought I'd share.

http://www.greenalmonds.com/GreenAlmondsProductPage.htm

History of Greek Food said...

Cretans dip tender green almonds into salt and serve them along with raki, or cook them with lamb or big fish.

lostpastremembered said...

I have never tried them... you are in an almond mecca there aren't you??? SO jealous of all those wonderful things in your garden
About that wine question.. I wonder what would happen if you made 'nocino' or 'ratafia' out of almonds... it wouldn't have that dark brown thing going on but could be delish.. and it is alcohol, Ken! Ratafia has a million cool things in it... sounds right up your alley!

Ken Albala said...

Ratafia? Hmm. I will need to get on this right way!

Heather said...

The Chinese comments are the new spam.

Could you pickle brine or them like they do green plums in Asia? They're both Prunus, so why not? Almond umeboshi might be a nice thing to have around.

KarieS美航嘉雯 said...
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Ken Albala said...

So I want to know why someone doing this spamming in Chinese expects that people outside China can read it. What gives?