Walking past Dan's Fresh Produce on another errand this weekend, heaps of apples glinting in the afternoon sunshine caught my eye. I stopped in to ask what else is at its best this time of year.
A clerk recommended the satsumas, which are small, seedless mandarin oranges that are especially easy to peel. "Get the ones with leaves," he said. "Delicious!"
Also available right now — organic pummelos, ancestors of today's grapefruit. Native to Southest Asia and Malaysia, pummelos "grow wild on river banks in the Fiji and Friendly Islands," according to
a report from Purdue University. They taste like non-acidic grapefruit but take a bit of special preparation. See the attached video for instructions on how to peel pummelos.
Several varieties of apples and potatoes are also in good supply right now.
"Alameda Business Spotlight: Dan's Fresh Produce"
Dan's Fresh Produce, 2300 Central Ave., Alameda, (510) 523-1777,
http://www.dansfreshproduce.com/. Open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
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