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Blueberry Season

The first time blueberries made an appearance on Mumbai store shelves last October, I was fresh back from a trip to London. Having spent a week eating these berries for all breakfasts and most dinners, I kept away from the very small yet overpriced packs. Almost a year later, blueberries are back in Hypercity.

One of the very few naturally blue foods, blueberries are a little tart, a little sweet. I enjoy my dalliance with strawberries and an occasional date with raspberries, but these little nuggets remain my biggest love, my all-time favorite fruit. The first week, I cringed at the high prices in Hypercity. But it's been a whole year of no blueberries so this second week, I finally succumbed and brought a pack home. And let me confess I've been back to the store a few more times.

Do you think I'd be my baker self and post a blueberry tart or at least a muffin. No way folks; I don't mess with perfection. Instead, I'd just go grab another handful.

And will you all Bombayiites stop by Hypercity and make a dent in stocks. I'm in serious risk of a run on my bank accounts if the blueberries aren't gone soon!

Comments

Janaki said…
I most certainly will. Have yet to taste blueberries :) But what was that about raspberries? Where and when are they available in Mumbai?
Prathibha said…
upph....upph.....
girrrr....tirr...
Simran said…
Janaki - raspberries were never available in Mumbai. I've only had them on trips abroad.

Pratibba - Maybe you should cross the border to suburbs this weekend :)
Hehehe I can so relate. I did this last year. I'm lucky to stay away from HyperCity, I'd literally run my family out of our home if I lived as near as you :P
Laura said…
I freeze 15-20 lbs of them (picked and driven straight here from Michigan, so ALMOST local) every summer, so I hear ya!
Rajan Subhedar said…
To purchase raspberries from Parth Farms call 2368 4896. Orders have to be placed two days in advance and will be home delivered. A minimum order of 1.6kg is priced at Rs800. You can also buy raspberries from Le15 Patisserie. Call 98204 87727 to place an order. A minimum order of 500 grams is priced at Rs300.

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