New varieties of summer fruit

I got the opportunity to spend some time talking to Johnny, the owner of Sue’s Produce (18th and Sansom), recently. He told me all about some of the special items that they carry that you won’t find at other produce markets in the area. He got so excited that he gave me a couple different things to try, and I’m here to pass the word along to you. There were two pieces of fruit that he gave me that were so delicious, so special, that when I bit into them, I had to stop and focus totally on what was going on in my mouth.

The first is the Black Velvet apricot. It looks like a plum, but with the soft skin of an apricot. The flavor is enormous and the flesh was fresh, without a single hint of the mealiness that regular apricots can sometimes get (I got a quart from the Rittenhouse Square Farmers’ Market last weekend, and while they taste amazing, their texture leaves me unexcited).

On first glance, they don’t appear particularly ripe, but don’t let appearances fool you, the Mango Nectarine should ask be given a try. Aptly named, this nectarine has the easy of eating that you get with most small pitted fruits, but with the taste and texture of mango. I don’t know how they did it (and I’m not going to dig, because I don’t want to know the details of the Frankensteinization of my fruit) but I’m so glad they did, cause it is yummy.

So get thee to Sue’s Produce and check out the yummy summer fruit. (He’s also got local blueberries for $2 a pint).

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