Monday, June 08, 2009

the quest for loquat

It sounds like something out of a bad fantasy novel, but someone swapped me two kumquats for a loquat on Friday and now I'm preoccupied with finding a supplier. They're small, they're sweet, they have at least two seeds the size of marbles and they're elusive. You can't buy them at Trader Joes, you can't get them at Whole Foods, you have to track down a public fruit tree and pick them yourself. I have five days left in LA and I don't want to spend all my free time tree hunting, but I just might have to... I will not fail in my noble quest for loquat...

3 comments:

Magusia said...

I hate to say it, but I think you made a bad deal there. Were it the other way around, I could personally deliver you (in a blindfold, of course) to my kumquat dealer who, I'm sure, would welcome a new client. As it stands, you may actually find yourself having to make a trip to China before heading off to New York. Good luck with your quest.

Simon said...

that's bizarre, i've never heard of such a thing. it's kind of fun that you have to pick them yourself. everything else is so easy these days. and by easy, i mean obviously lots of things are hard, but grocery shopping as a means to basic survival isn't. i think this stopped making sense directly after sentence #2.

Katie said...

IVAN - You are apparently on the cutting edge. This is in tomorrow's NYTimes

Foraging for Fruit
THE loquats were ripe and just begging to be picked...

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/10/dining/10Fruit.html?_r=2&src=twt&twt=nytimesdining

Simon - Your garbled messages are awesome. I love when you correct yourself!