Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for food, plants and stationery.
Which is how I ended up with these green almonds.
I was browsing through the fruit and veg shop, picking up things from my list when I spied a mound of these green furry things. Oooh, must investigate! A close inspection later, I was walking home with a small bag of these babies.
Did I know what to do with them? Of course not.
First I turned to my Cook’s Companion. I found a little information that stated these almonds were considered a delicacy in Europe, and usually served with white cheese and summer stone fruits.
Next I turned to my old pal Google, and landed here where Mr. Lebovitz explained that French cooks sometimes tucked these into jams, or served them sprinkled over fruit compote.
So, no cooking with these then.
I cut them open and we all tried some. What did they taste like? Sort of raw really, and a little “wet”. A bit like a fresh lotus seed. (I know, I know, I’m comparing one exotic to another but that’s what I thought off straightaway). They didn’t exactly do cartwheels on my tastebud but it’s one item I can cross off my list as having eaten. I ended up chopping them finely and tossing them through a roasted vegetable and cous-cous salad with feta.
They're very soft, and seemd to have a bit of a "jelly" layer in the middle. It tasted pretty "green"
Would I buy them again? Only if I was entertaining and wanted something a bit novel to put on a cheese platter I think. Or if anyone can tell me what else I can do with them, I’d gamely give them another try. Hurry though, I think the season is almost over. I picked these up about 10 days ago, and I think they only appear for about 3 or 4 weeks.
Do tell if you ever impulse shop? ☺