t’s persimmon season right now, so I decided to jump-start my natural learning and living curve by doing as the locals do – dry Fuyu Persimmons. These golden beauties hanging in the windows adorn every third house in my neighborhood. Not only makes for a festive look but a great kick off to the best time of year, Fall.
The “Local” Latte Snack bar
I love all these over priced chewy, nutty, fruit-filled snack bars, who doesn’t? Especially when anything like this is not available, but should/could be. This is where our adventure began to seek out the SOLO “nuts and dried fruit lady” in the Dezerter Bazaar (aka: fruit and veg market) in Tbilisi, Georgia.
After two metro trains and over 300 kiosk-like stalls selling everything from the moon and back… there she was, the one-stop-shop raw nut and dried fruit lady selling all the basic natural ingredients I would need to make these sweet snack bars from heaven. I have to admit; I was surprised by the variety she offered. I even had the opportunity to try dried fruits that I had never tried before. Like, raspberries or 4 different varieties of plums for example. Most of the ingredients where locally grown and dried locally, however some were imported from Iran (dates), Kazakhstan (peanuts), and neighboring Turkey (apricots). Twenty minutes later, I was all stocked up with several half kilos of different nuts and fruits. Prices ranged from 4 GEL (peanuts, plums, sunflower seeds) to 35 GEL (cashews, almonds, raspberries).