Photo Courtesty of Herbal Guides

Photo Courtesty of Herbal Guides

One of the best things about really fresh, high-quality ingredients is that often, very little has to be done to them to make a dynamite dish. A quick sauté, a drizzle of first-rate olive oil and some sea salt is often all that’s necessary to make good fruit and veggies great. It’s like that classic scene in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, when Gene Wilder explains the genius behind his lick-able wallpaper: the oranges taste like oranges, the pineapples taste like pineapples, and the snozzberries taste just like snozzberries. I sometimes think of that scene on my weekly trips to the farmers’ market – surrounded, as I am, by fresh, awesome produce that tastes exactly like it should.

This week, however, I remembered that scene for a different reason. In Union Square, on a table at one of my favorite market stands, was a single basket of the oddest-looking fruit: pale green orbs the size of cherries, each sheathed in a leafy parchment. Intrigued, I asked the farmer what they were. She shrugged, and pointed to a half-legible hand-written sign; “something-erries”. More intrigued, I shucked one out of its skin and popped it in my mouth. It burst like a baby-tomato, but tasted strikingly sweet and a little bit earthy, like nothing I’d ever eaten. The elusive snozzberry? I bought the basket.

Later that night, I ran into a chef-friend at El Quinto Pino in Chelsea, and pulled one out of my bag, thinking I’d show off my exotic treat. He shrugged, nonplussed, and sipped his beer. “Caped gooseberries. Just in season.” I must have looked surprised because he asked, a bit condescendingly, “Why? What did it taste like?”

I smiled and popped another one in my mouth, “Caped gooseberries. They taste exactly like caped gooseberries.” In other words, delicious.

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4 Responses to “Market Report: And the Snozzberries Taste just like Snozzberries”

  1. KATHY

    Kimberly: are these snozzberies and caped gooseberries the same thing? When I was in Montreal for my honeymoon we were served something that looked very much like the photo on your blog, when I asked what it was they called it a ground cherry. I liked it, I thought it was unique but its not something I have ever seen in the Farmer’s Market here in Texas,

  2. mama

    I may need to try a caped gooseberry but I like the name snozzberry better. Hurray for Farmer’s Markets

  3. Christine

    Woah, those are some cool-looking berries! I’ll keep an eye out for them…

  4. Kimberly Belle

    I’m afraid snozzberries are merely mythical Wonka inspired creations, but gooseberries are the real deal! They may not grow in Texas, but I’ve seen them popping up in farmers’ markets in New York and Chicago aplenty. Grab ‘em while you can, they have a short season. Thanks for writing, ladies. XO

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