At the Greenmarket: Tomatoes, Pimientos de Padron

Despite the tomato blight, the juicy fruits are plentiful at the Union Square Greenmarket right now, and not all of them will cost you your first-born child. Quality New Jersey beefsteaks and brandywines are going for $2.50 a pound at several farms, although these gorgeous cherry tomatoes at left cost $9 for two pints. Knobby, multi-colored heirloom varieties are going for about $4.50 a pound.

In fact, if you're going to spend an hour or so wandering around the Greenmarket, now is the time to do it. The diversity of eggplants alone--fat, purple, skinny, white, baby, oblong--is incredible. There are bushels of melons of all kinds; beans, including purple snake beans; peppers; and all sorts of stone fruit: peaches, apricots, plums.

Plus, there are beautiful, hard-to-find chiles. Click through to see.

Although the guy at Norwich Meadows Farm said he calls these "oriental chiles," they look like they are related to pequin, or bird's eye chiles, which are in the capsaicin frutescens family--these chiles have a quick, sharp heat.
Although the guy at Norwich Meadows Farm said he calls these "oriental chiles," they look like they are related to pequin, or bird's eye chiles, which are in the capsaicin frutescens family--these chiles have a quick, sharp heat.
Pimientos de padron are hard to find in the U.S., but Yuno's farm has them now. Toss with olive oil, char on the grill, sprinkle with salt, done.
Pimientos de padron are hard to find in the U.S., but Yuno's farm has them now. Toss with olive oil, char on the grill, sprinkle with salt, done.

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