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It's prime time for Asian pears and lima beans at the farmers market

August 20, 2010 | 11:11 am

Asian pears, like many fruits, are available year-round from storage and imports. But they are really at their best during the heat of late summer and early fall, when their delicate flavor is freshest and a juicy, crunchy fruit straight from the refrigerator is most refreshing. (And if you can only choose one, David Karp says his favorite are the candy-bar sweet Shinseiki pears, seen above.) Also peaking this week at the farmers market: Fordhook lima beans, delicate, moist and sweet, from McGrath Family Farm of Camarillo, are back in season.

Read more in David Karp's weekly market watch report. Plus, check out his photo gallery capturing all that's fresh at local farmers markets.

MAP: Explore your local farmers market

Photo: David Karp / For The Times