Thursday, April 29, 2010
Fresh Almonds at Caspian
Fresh almonds are a Middle Eastern snack. They're sour with the texture of unripe peaches. New for me, but they're apparently a standard snack topped with salt. A few grains of sea salt really improved the flavor, so bite off a little almond and dip the inside fruit in a little salt. (Other people cook with them.) Beautiful green color, and you crunch through the entire thing. They're young enough that there is no nut inside, just a translucent disk where the nut would have matured.
I'll post more about Caspian, but the fresh almond season only runs a few more weeks. Not my favorite find of all time, but I'm a sucker for seasonal stuff. So run over now if you want to try them.
9191 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21042-3933
NEAR: Caspian is next to the Burger King on Rte 40 west of Rte 29. It's the same building as Tutti Frutti. From east-bound Rte 40, your turn in at the Burger King, then turn left and right so that you drive next to the drive-in lane. Caspian is in the back facing the drive-in.