Jumping Jehoshaphat them’s some big jackfruit! Spotted at Korean megamarket Assi Plaza in Flushing. Do people actually buy them whole? And to think people call the durian the king of all fruit. Compared to these bad boys the football-sized tropical fruit is a mere pretender to the throne.
Here’s East Elmhurst’s Blanca Narvaez and her totally endearing flowers and bouquets made of dehydrated fruit. There’s something about these colors and textures that makes me melt every time I see them. It’s a craft that comes from her native Colombia, which she wanted to bring over to Queens, NY.
Fruta Seca, or dried fruit at Susana’s in Jackson Heights. Today was the first time I’ve seen actual whole dried fruits like this - with stems still on them! It was like seeing a whole fish for the first time after eating filet-uh-fish your entire life. My dried pear was sparkling sweetness on the inside and, other than the shape, I would have never known it to be a pear because the taste was pure sugar. At 5.99 a pound, getting a basket full of these would be a great way to be the most talked about person at a pot luck.
This little shop on a Roosevelt Ave side street is one of my favorite secret spots that I haven’t told anyone about(until today!). About 8 feet wide, this elongated “deli” has tons of chilis, spices, cheeses, and some gnarly looking mole and sausage. The sausage had no resemblance to the ones packed in a factory, this was all windy and stuff. Every time I come in here, I find something new.