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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Apples of Nouveu Verger

The line is long and her stand overflows with apples, pears and a variety of products lovingly handmade at homes.  The 'Apple Lady', Eveleine, is actually quite shy and blushes when spoken to... unless she is being asked for advise about which apple is best for a tarte, or tatin, apple sauce or just plain eating.

I love the thought Eveleine gives to the questions regarding her fruit, and the pride she shows in her vast variety, the care she takes in cutting the homemade apple cake (which is sold by the slice) and the time she takes with each and every client.  I feel lucky when she guides me through the plethora of apples that is her stand.
You will only find this stand during the apple and pear producing months - about October through early May.  Since discovering the Nouveau Verger, I've been making apple tarts several times a week, and they are all delicious!

Though lately I've been branching out; venturing into Eveleine's world of realy juicy pears.

And of course, the most amazing fruit jellies I've ever eaten. These mind blowing, mouth watering, knock-your-socks-off fruit jellies come in assorted bags of apricot, pear, cassis and raspberry - each one more wonderful than the next and amazingly fresh. We have to hide them so we don't eat them all in one sitting.

Recently the Nouveau Verger stand featured 'Patte de Loup' (wolf paws). They are the knobbiest, ugliest apples I've ever seen. This unusual apple earned it's name from the deep scaring on it's skin that is said to be the result of wolves scratching at them. Dating back to the Middle Ages, they are the oldest apple variety known to Western Europe, and because they were so cool, I bought some. They have thick skins (looking as they do, they would need to) a fine, crisp texture and a tart yet sweet taste with a hint of anise in the finish. I guess the saying "It's what's inside that counts" is really true.

Nouveau Verger
Apples, pears, unfiltered apple juice, apple butter, honey, apple cake & fruit jellies
Marché Saxe-Breteuil (7th) Thursday & Saturday
Marché de Grenelle (15th) Wednesday & Sunday


jens at cincinnati wine said...

Yes the fruit and tart were great!

Zabie aka "Marie" said...

Thanks Jens... Glad you liked it!