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    Post #1 - June 19th, 2006, 4:33 pm
    Post #1 - June 19th, 2006, 4:33 pm Post #1 - June 19th, 2006, 4:33 pm
    Anybody know where to buy some green almonds in Chicago?

    I just read about them here:
    http://www.davidlebovitz.com/archives/2006/06/#000265

    I'm already picturing green almond smoothies, ice-creams, pestos, marzipan . . .
  • Post #2 - June 19th, 2006, 5:03 pm
    Post #2 - June 19th, 2006, 5:03 pm Post #2 - June 19th, 2006, 5:03 pm
    Oakton Market in Skokie has them often, or perhaps all the time.
    ToniG
  • Post #3 - June 19th, 2006, 8:02 pm
    Post #3 - June 19th, 2006, 8:02 pm Post #3 - June 19th, 2006, 8:02 pm
    Here in Montreal they're available at the top end Middle Eastern markets. TODG fell in love with them a few weeks ago, so now we've got piles sitting around the kitchen. They're kind of strange, to my way of thinking anyway, but tasty nonetheless.

    Anyway, a good Lebannese or similar market should have them. If we've got 'em up here, they're down there somewhere, since they're in season.

    Geo
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  • Post #4 - June 19th, 2006, 8:44 pm
    Post #4 - June 19th, 2006, 8:44 pm Post #4 - June 19th, 2006, 8:44 pm
    I haven’t been recently but in past years Andy’s Fruit Ranch (4733 N Kedzie) carried green almonds.
  • Post #5 - June 21st, 2006, 1:33 pm
    Post #5 - June 21st, 2006, 1:33 pm Post #5 - June 21st, 2006, 1:33 pm
    Thanks for the feedback. I'll have to checkout this Market in Skokie. Its out of the way for me, but hopefully it'll be worth the trip.
  • Post #6 - June 21st, 2006, 2:32 pm
    Post #6 - June 21st, 2006, 2:32 pm Post #6 - June 21st, 2006, 2:32 pm
    Satiate wrote:Thanks for the feedback. I'll have to checkout this Market in Skokie. Its out of the way for me, but hopefully it'll be worth the trip.


    It's worth the trip.

    You'll find many references across LTHForum to "Marketplace on Oakton" or Oakton Market or other variations.

    Marketplace on Oakton
    4817 W. Oakton in Skokie,
    847-677-9330
    http://www.marketplaceonoakton.com/

    Best,
    Michael
  • Post #7 - April 7th, 2009, 4:23 pm
    Post #7 - April 7th, 2009, 4:23 pm Post #7 - April 7th, 2009, 4:23 pm
    Just saw these today at Marketplace on Oakton - I thought there'd been a more recent mention of someone looking for them, but thought I'd post here just in case.
  • Post #8 - April 7th, 2009, 4:29 pm
    Post #8 - April 7th, 2009, 4:29 pm Post #8 - April 7th, 2009, 4:29 pm
    Mhays wrote:Just saw these today at Marketplace on Oakton - I thought there'd been a more recent mention of someone looking for them, but thought I'd post here just in case.

    M,

    I posted about green almonds in the Sahar, but that was a while ago.

    Thanks for the mention about Marketplace on Oakton, I'll probably pick some up in the next few days. I wonder if they have young fava beans as well.

    Enjoy,
    Gary
    Hold my beer . . .

    Low & Slow
  • Post #9 - April 7th, 2009, 4:32 pm
    Post #9 - April 7th, 2009, 4:32 pm Post #9 - April 7th, 2009, 4:32 pm
    Did, indeed, see favas in the shell (which I assume were young) Also pea shoots (if you pass on the bagged ones in front they are loose in the Asian section,) and something I probably shouldn't have skipped called "sugar plums." Not to mention that they were crazy busy in the middle of a Tuesday.
  • Post #10 - April 7th, 2009, 4:37 pm
    Post #10 - April 7th, 2009, 4:37 pm Post #10 - April 7th, 2009, 4:37 pm
    Mhays wrote:Not to mention that they were crazy busy in the middle of a Tuesday.


    Tomorrow night Passover begins. It's not surprising that they were swamped.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #11 - April 7th, 2009, 4:40 pm
    Post #11 - April 7th, 2009, 4:40 pm Post #11 - April 7th, 2009, 4:40 pm
    I bought some of the favas a couple of weeks ago and they did not seem especially young. The beans were large and not as tender as ones I had bought at the Evanston Farmer's Market last summer. Though they were considerably less expensive.
  • Post #12 - April 14th, 2009, 2:00 pm
    Post #12 - April 14th, 2009, 2:00 pm Post #12 - April 14th, 2009, 2:00 pm
    Hi,

    GAF brought green almonds to the Small Household exchange last night. I thought I knew what they were, but what I saw was different than I expected. I sampled one, expecting some sort of almond flavor. Instead, it was like a juicy version of grass. If green registers as a universally understood flavor, it was very green.

    I'm sorry I forgot to take a picture.

    Again, I was glad to have a taste. Thanks, GAF!

    Regards,
    Cathy2

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  • Post #13 - April 14th, 2009, 2:28 pm
    Post #13 - April 14th, 2009, 2:28 pm Post #13 - April 14th, 2009, 2:28 pm
    Cathy2 wrote:Instead, it was like a juicy version of grass. If green registers as a universally understood flavor, it was very green.

    C2,

    Those were very young green almonds. Barely formed, at that stage you can eat the entire nut, shell and all.

    Juicy version of grass, nice description.

    Enjoy,
    Gary
    Hold my beer . . .

    Low & Slow
  • Post #14 - April 14th, 2009, 2:41 pm
    Post #14 - April 14th, 2009, 2:41 pm Post #14 - April 14th, 2009, 2:41 pm
    Palestinian folklore has it that these things are a cure-all. I agree. They are great fresh, and even bitter pickled. I am trying to convince my mom to pickle a batch this year while they are still in season.
    "By the fig, the olive..." Surat Al-Teen, Mecca 95:1"
  • Post #15 - April 14th, 2009, 7:14 pm
    Post #15 - April 14th, 2009, 7:14 pm Post #15 - April 14th, 2009, 7:14 pm
    Habibi,

    I have never been a big fan of green almonds. However, the pickled green almonds sound intriguing - I would love to see the pickling recipe your family uses.

    Thanks.

    Jyoti
    Jyoti
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  • Post #16 - April 15th, 2009, 1:04 pm
    Post #16 - April 15th, 2009, 1:04 pm Post #16 - April 15th, 2009, 1:04 pm
    Like Cathy, I tasted green almonds for the first time on Monday night courtesy of GAF. I really enjoyed them and actually have been craving them since! I'll have to find a source closer to me, perhaps Sahar.
  • Post #17 - April 19th, 2009, 10:12 pm
    Post #17 - April 19th, 2009, 10:12 pm Post #17 - April 19th, 2009, 10:12 pm
    Found some green almonds at Al-Khyam this weekend. Juicy version of grass is the perfect description.

    Against my better judgment, I also ate the whole fuzzy shell and thought it was delicious -- crunchy and a bit sour. It tasted exactly like unripe siniguelas.
    I wasn't really sure if the shells are meant to be eaten but no GI distress so far.

    As Rene mentioned, Andy's also carries green almonds and it's right across the street. Same price as Al-Khyam (4.99 / lb).

    http://www.andysfruitranch.com

    Al-Khyam
    4746 N Kedzie
  • Post #18 - April 20th, 2009, 4:43 pm
    Post #18 - April 20th, 2009, 4:43 pm Post #18 - April 20th, 2009, 4:43 pm
    Kanin,

    What stage were they at? Were the "nuts" inside nut-like, or were they "goo"?
  • Post #19 - April 20th, 2009, 6:59 pm
    Post #19 - April 20th, 2009, 6:59 pm Post #19 - April 20th, 2009, 6:59 pm
    Goo. Like half-set gelatin.
  • Post #20 - April 20th, 2009, 9:25 pm
    Post #20 - April 20th, 2009, 9:25 pm Post #20 - April 20th, 2009, 9:25 pm
    Just saw some today for the first time a Nature's Best in Westmont, at Cass and Chicago. What do you do with them?
  • Post #21 - April 21st, 2009, 12:31 pm
    Post #21 - April 21st, 2009, 12:31 pm Post #21 - April 21st, 2009, 12:31 pm
    For the most part I just eat them raw with a bit of salt.

    Also tried a Moroccan recipe from Claudia Roden where whole green almonds are simmered with lamb and fava beans. The cooking softens the almonds and it loses its crunch. It was supposed to be spiced with mace but I used nutmeg instead.
  • Post #22 - April 10th, 2010, 6:40 pm
    Post #22 - April 10th, 2010, 6:40 pm Post #22 - April 10th, 2010, 6:40 pm
    It is green almond time again - Easter/Passover (I don't believe that there is a major Islamic holiday this time of year). But I was in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn today - one of the Arabic neighborhoods of the city. Green Almonds were in full bloom, but in addition I saw for the first time Green Sour Apricots (which are very, very sour - perhaps chopped up in small pieces they would be suitable in a tagine - but beware unless you like superstrong sour balls) and Green Garbanzo Beans or Chickpeas - which taste very much like round, raw green beans - not bad as a novelty. The almonds are as good as ever. I don't know if these delicacies - other than the almonds - are available on Kedzie.
    Toast, as every breakfaster knows, isn't really about the quality of the bread or how it's sliced or even the toaster. For man cannot live by toast alone. It's all about the butter. -- Adam Gopnik
  • Post #23 - April 10th, 2010, 7:06 pm
    Post #23 - April 10th, 2010, 7:06 pm Post #23 - April 10th, 2010, 7:06 pm
    Saw them again at Natures Best in Westmont today
  • Post #24 - April 11th, 2010, 7:41 am
    Post #24 - April 11th, 2010, 7:41 am Post #24 - April 11th, 2010, 7:41 am
    G Wiv wrote:
    Mhays wrote:Just saw these today at Marketplace on Oakton - I thought there'd been a more recent mention of someone looking for them, but thought I'd post here just in case.

    M,

    I posted about green almonds in the Sahar, but that was a while ago.

    Thanks for the mention about Marketplace on Oakton, I'll probably pick some up in the next few days. I wonder if they have young fava beans as well.

    Enjoy,
    Gary


    I saw some at Sahar last Saturday.
  • Post #25 - April 11th, 2010, 8:06 am
    Post #25 - April 11th, 2010, 8:06 am Post #25 - April 11th, 2010, 8:06 am
    Chez Louis' in the Marché Jean-Talon has the green pois chiches (chick peas!) since about a week ago. I'd never had them, but they're kind of fun: crack open the wrapper and there's this little tiny brain-like thing, bit of crunch, mostly just a green flavor, but not like C2's grass-green.

    On the lookout for green almonds, haven't seen any...yet. But if they're in NYC, they'll be here soon enough.

    Geo
    Sooo, you like wine and are looking for something good to read? Maybe *this* will do the trick! :)
  • Post #26 - April 11th, 2010, 8:40 am
    Post #26 - April 11th, 2010, 8:40 am Post #26 - April 11th, 2010, 8:40 am
    GAF wrote:Green Garbanzo Beans or Chickpeas - which taste very much like round, raw green beans - not bad as a novelty. The almonds are as good as ever. I don't know if these delicacies - other than the almonds - are available on Kedzie.


    I saw fresh garbanzos at Lincolnwood Produce the other day.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #27 - April 11th, 2010, 3:25 pm
    Post #27 - April 11th, 2010, 3:25 pm Post #27 - April 11th, 2010, 3:25 pm
    Fresh chickpeas are my sister's favorite snack. She sautes them in their husks until the.y are pretty charred on the outside. A liberal dusting of coarse salt and they are ready to consume.
    Jyoti
    A meal, with bread and wine, shared with friends and family is among the most essential and important of all human rituals.
    Ruhlman
  • Post #28 - April 12th, 2010, 12:00 pm
    Post #28 - April 12th, 2010, 12:00 pm Post #28 - April 12th, 2010, 12:00 pm
    I saw yesterday that they have green almonds for sale at the Middle Eastern Bakery on Foster just west of Clark Street.

    bjt
    "eating is an agricultural act" wendell berry
  • Post #29 - April 12th, 2010, 2:39 pm
    Post #29 - April 12th, 2010, 2:39 pm Post #29 - April 12th, 2010, 2:39 pm
    Green almonds were at Marketplace on Oakton this past Saturday.
  • Post #30 - April 12th, 2010, 2:46 pm
    Post #30 - April 12th, 2010, 2:46 pm Post #30 - April 12th, 2010, 2:46 pm
    It is now established that green almonds are as common as strawberries. But keep your eyes open for a green almond spotting at Whole Foods or even Jewel. Then we will know that they are this year's pomegranate.
    Toast, as every breakfaster knows, isn't really about the quality of the bread or how it's sliced or even the toaster. For man cannot live by toast alone. It's all about the butter. -- Adam Gopnik

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