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June 20, 2012 7:05 AM   Subscribe

What are these fruit, seen outside a 24 hour shop in North London? Are they (please god, let it be) tomatillos?
posted by ominous_paws to Food & Drink (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
How big are they? Because they look like tomatillos without the husk to me, but if they are smaller (like cherry tomato sized) they may be ground cherries, though those tend to be orange when ripe.
posted by pixiecrinkle at 7:07 AM on June 20, 2012

They are sour green plums! Beloved by Turks, but an acquired taste for most.
posted by mskyle at 7:08 AM on June 20, 2012 [4 favorites]

Oh, also, they're only available this time of year, hence my certainty.
posted by mskyle at 7:08 AM on June 20, 2012

Jesus you people are quick!

These were outside a Turkish grocery (know to us only as Best Shop), so that would fit. The search for fresh tomatillos in London goes on... but will definitely have a bash at that stew!
posted by ominous_paws at 7:12 AM on June 20, 2012

May be plums, but look for all the world like Green Tomatoes to me.

Tomatillos are much smaller and have a papery-husk on the outside.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 7:13 AM on June 20, 2012 [1 favorite]

Do try a couple of them with salt - I was in Turkey on vacation this time of year a couple of years ago and got these with my breakfast most places. Not my favorite thing, but an interesting taste/texture experience (very crunchy, very tart).
posted by mskyle at 7:21 AM on June 20, 2012

You know in a pinch they are pretty similar in taste profile to tomatillos. At least once they are cooked.

Actually in the US where its hard to find green plums I've seen tomatillos recc'd as a sub many a time.
posted by JPD at 7:38 AM on June 20, 2012

If you're looking for tomatillos in London have you tried the New Covent Garden Market? I don't know if they'll sell to people off the street but if anyone stocks them in London they'll be there.
posted by londonmark at 10:40 AM on June 20, 2012

You can get tinned tomatilloes in the mexican shop up in Bethnal Green.
and I think there is a stand in borough market which also do them. Also tinned sadly.

If you find fresh I would love to know!
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 3:14 PM on June 20, 2012

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