Is Miracle Fruit the New Black?By the looks of this sign at the Garden of Eden on 23rd Street, the Miracle Fruit berry, which turns sour tastes sweet, may be going mainstream.
Lower East Side Residents Seek to Cream Ben & Jerry’sLower East Side couple Paul Nasrani and Simi Mir are taking on Ben & Jerry’s in a dairy case near you. Their all-natural Adirondack Creamery ice cream, made from hormone-free milk and cream from local farms, is now available in flavors like Whiteface Mint Chip and Barkeater — just look for the plain white cartons at Garden of Eden, Westside Market and Amish Markets, and Fine Fare. The couple is committed to selling only within 150 miles of the dairy in Kingston, New York, where Nasrani drives to make flavors ranging from coffee to peanut butter. Still, with the emphasis on localization, we wonder why they’re considering using Oregon cherries for an upcoming flavor. What’s wrong with the ones at Union Square? —Alec Appelbaum
At the Greenmarket
Ramps Signal Spring; Ripe and Runny Cheese Comes Early
The pink, white, and green flag of spring has been raised: Little ramplets reared their heads a few inches from the damp earth last weekend, and Greenmarketers are already engulfed in the savory fumes of their oniony funk.