Spend a day in New York City and you’ll run into dozens of street merchants hocking bootlegged DVDs and “Alvin Klein” designer watches, but Joe Ades was different. For 60 years the salesman, originally from Manchester, England, setup shop throughout Manhattan, often at the Union Square Greenmarket, and demonstrated his amazing $5 Swiss vegetable peeler on carrots, potatoes and pineapples for eager onlookers and tourists. Joe died on Sunday, at the age 75; The New York Times reports.
Sadly, I never saw him in action, but this video captures what Joe was all about. How could you not buy hundreds of peelers from him!
And in 2007, we lost another fruit and vegetable pioneer. William F. Whitman Jr. died at the ripe-old age of 92. Bill Whitman, as he was known, spent his entire life tracking down rare and exotic fruits from all over the world and was the only person to grow mangosteen outdoors in the continental United States.
Mangosteen is a high-antioxidant fruit very popular in Japan, but easily perishable and hard to export.
Via Serious Eats.
Image credit: Kesnerster