January 19, 2005

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Jewel of the Incas Periodically I work at the San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market. Although the work can be at times physically demanding I like talking to San Franciscans about what they are cooking or offer simple preparation tips. This weekend I was a "helper" to the "avocado man"--as the customers call him. The avocado season has yielded a large crop this year so the season more or less didn't come to an end. In addition to Gwen avocados Brokaw offered Bearss limes, Eureka lemons, Valencia oranges, guavas and cherimoyas. Based on the reactions of serious cherimoya lovers at the market--including one 30-ish looking woman who literally jumped up and down as she recounted a year of feasting on cherimoyas in Chile--I had to see what the I had been missing out on. The fruit won't win any beauty contests. The heart-shaped fruit is wrapped in a skin that looks a bit reptilian. Close cousins in this fruit family include U.S. native fruit paw paw; soursop from West Indies; sweetsop (sugar apple) from Latin America and a hybrid of the cherimoya and the sweetsop called atemoya. The name cherimoya translates in the Incan language as "cold breast." Grown around the world the fruit is native to the Andes region particularly Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. The Incans enjoyed this fruit so much they called it the "fruit of the gods." Cherimoyas began cultivation in the area between San Francisco to Santa Barbara when "avocado root rot" attacked local groves and an alternative crop was...
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Friday Fry #17 After a month long break Friday Fry is back. Bits and bytes all featured on food news menu. Big playoff championship game this weekend, with the New England Patriots meeting up with the Pittsburgh Steelers. We held off Peyton Manning last week. Pass the microbrew and nachos this promises to be a "super" game. GO PATS! The presidential inauguration was held yesterday. I think I've been in denial over what is ahead for America and the rest of the world. Seymour M. Hersch's recent essay in the New Yorker will wake you up and out of your depression into near panic. More interesting to those of us who think about food is another piece in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that provides information on a new self-published cookbook, Politics and Pot Roast: A Flavorful Look at the Presidency. William Henry Harrison's inaugural featured a pound cake shaped like the U.S. Capitol building weighing in at 800 pounds. Ulysses S. Grant's libation of lemon sherbet, rum and Cointreau and Champagne most certainly made for a festive bunch of revelers. The Swift Report has a hilarious take on the inaugural dinner--anyone for Coca Cola Brined Pilgrim's Turkey with Dunkin Donuts Old-Fashioned Doughnut Sweet and Savory Stuffing? Solar-powered cocoa from Uganda generates three times as much than their primary export, coffee. An Italian chocolate company trained the workers to use a new technique that uses a plastic sheeting that converts the sun's UV rays into infrared. The beans are placed underneath after workers have...

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