April 17, 2012 • Category: Mezze/Appetizers
Greengrocers, street cart vendors are displaying huge mounds of these fresh almonds (background) and sour plums called janarek.
These are eaten here as a snack with a dab of salt, but I have used the almonds cut up in salads with good results. They are very crunchy and a bit sour.
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Belinda @zomppa says:
Hmm…a beautiful spread! The salt and sour are totally addictive!
On April 17, 2012 at 11:59 am
Interesting! I’d love to taste those fresh almonds and sour plums!
On April 17, 2012 at 12:14 pm
I love janarek & fresh almonds!
never thought of using them in a salad!
Thanks for sharing!
On April 17, 2012 at 12:51 pm
T.W. Barritt says:
I must admit I’ve never seen a fresh almond – this is a beautiful photo, and more evidence that eating natural snacks is a good thing!
On April 17, 2012 at 1:39 pm
Fresh almonds intrigue me. I spotted them at a farmers market once but never did try them. I’ll have to do so when I next get a chance.
On April 17, 2012 at 1:42 pm
Alaiyo Kiasi says:
I, too, think that is a beautiful spread! I don’t think I’ve ever seen fresh almonds in their hulls–or even a picture. The sour plums look lovely. Are they ripe while green or do they deepen in color or perhaps change color? Beautiful!
On April 17, 2012 at 6:36 pm
@Alaiyo: I need to ask! Good question! I have only seen them green. By the way, the almonds and sour plums are sold at the Middle-Eastern stores in the US (I have bought them in Dallas).
On April 17, 2012 at 10:44 pm
I get so antsy to travel when I see delectables that I cannot find here. Love the spread – love mixing salt and sour (and sweet).
On April 17, 2012 at 6:56 pm
Those are the first signs of spring in Lebanon. I found unripe apricots at my local Persian market last week. Growing up, we used to prefer them over the almonds as they’re more sour.
I love your posts Joumana, everytime I see your tweet in my feed feels like I’m about to unwrap a beautiful gift!! Keep it up!!
On April 17, 2012 at 7:45 pm
beautiful picture! Thanks for sharing, i never seen fresh almond before…
On April 18, 2012 at 12:17 am
Very beautiful photo.
We love these, fresh almond and janarek and these day, s time of them. We use both of them to make dish with lamb shank.
Very soon I’ll the put the dish,called çağlalı( fresh almond) in Turkish on TuzEkmek. It’s very tasty and sour we love.
On April 18, 2012 at 2:44 am
@Sare: I will be looking for it!
On April 18, 2012 at 4:52 am
Sam @ My Carolina Ki says:
I love almonds, but I’ve never seen a fresh one. They are gorgeous.
On April 18, 2012 at 6:07 am
Baltic Maid says:
I nominated your inspiring blog for the Liebster Blog Award
On April 18, 2012 at 12:46 pm
I’ve never seen a raw almond before! Beautiful photo of such healthy snacks.
On April 19, 2012 at 2:53 pm
Oui, Chef says:
I remember seeing fresh almonds for the first time when I lived in Paris, I don’t think I’ve ever seen them here in the States.
On April 20, 2012 at 3:58 pm
@Oui,Chef: They are sold in the US at Middle-Eastern grocers/markets.
On April 20, 2012 at 11:01 pm
love fresh almonds- i buy them from the Armenian-Lebanese bakery in Toronto- beautiful pics, Joumana. x s
On April 22, 2012 at 6:01 am
Turkey's For Life says:
Great photos. I love this time of year when the plums and almonds are out. We know summer is on its way. We do the same here – a dab of salt. Yummy.
On April 23, 2012 at 4:50 am