Thursday, April 29, 2010

Fresh Almonds at Caspian

If you're looking for fresh almonds, they're available for now at the Caspian Supermarket in Ellicott City.

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.

Caspian Supermarket
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.

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