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Market Watch: Australian finger limes make a splash in Santa Monica
Market Watch: Australian finger limes make a splash in Santa Monica

One of the rarest and most sought-after fruits, the Australian finger lime, has started showing up in significant quantities at the Santa Monica farmers market, creating a minor sensation. The fruit's appearance is enough to excite wonder: from the outside it looks like a little gherkin, but when sliced in half, the round, pearlescent juice vesicles ooze out of the fruit, like citrus caviar. The clean, fresh, tart lime-lemon taste is enticing enough, but the texture, crunchy and juicy, like citrus Pop Rocks, is even more prepossessing. "This is so cool. I'm really excited," said Evan Funke, chef at Rustic Canyon, fascinated by the translucent drops. He was among the...

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