The berry season in Israel is too short but oh so sweet. There are delicious raspberries, blueberries and blackberries available this year. You should also try the “toot etz” translated as tree strawberries but are actually black mulberries.
Berries at the Tel Aviv Farmer's Market
The primary grower of berries is Ami Berkowitz from Moshav Shaal in the Golan. You can buy berries directly from Ami at the Tel Aviv Farmer’s market. Green grocers charge a few shekels more than the 15-20 NIS that Ami takes for a 250 gram box. But here’s a great shopping tip: T in Tel Aviv was in Schunat Hatikva's shuk last week and bought blackberries – 20 NIS for 500 grams! (yes, that’s half the price in the Farmer’s Market or at the green grocer!)
I made some delicious whole wheat blueberry muffins this afternoon that the Young Tel Avivian has already enjoyed.
Notice the missing muffins!
Better yet, take a trip up to the Golan and pick your own fruit and berries. During the months of June, July and August many of the moshavim in the north open their fields to the public. Highly recommend making a phone call before making the trip to make sure who is open and what fruits are available for picking:
Elrom –- 04-6838016
Kibbutz Ein Zivan - 050-7254912
Moshav Shaal -052-4600465
Moshav Odem - 054-2600130