Dragonfruit in LA?
I heard that it might be dragonfruit season and I was wondering where I could pick some up in LA.
Some people think it is bland but I love its juiciness and subtle sweetness and sourness. I haven't had it since I was in Vietnam two summers ago and I've been craving it since.
I've seen them at my local farmer's markets. These are smallish California grown fruits.
I've also seen them in Little Saigon, at the supermarkets and at specialist fruit vendors like Tien Phat on Bolsa Ave. These are larger specimens, and (I believe) imported from SE Asia.
Ive seen some smaller dragonfruit at the Cambodian markets in Long Beach. Drive Anaheim Bl between 710 fwy and Redondo Bl. You ll see a bunch, my experience is not to just go to the bigger markets, some of the smaller ones have very good produce.
Smaller than those from Viet Nam, but still pretty (very) good.
Gelson's and Mayfair have them but only the white Undatus species. The red one (which I find tastier) was sold all summer at the Venice farmers market. The season for that variety though is pretty much over.
Ranch 99 has them, but they were $8 per pound last week (red variety). If you read Vietnamese, you might want to check the local papers for independent vendors selling them. I actually just started growing dragonfruit plants at home and have a grand total of ONE fruit that's ripening now. I hope it's as good as everyone says it is. BTW, it's pretty easy to grow.
I saw them yesterday at Hawaii Supermarket at the corner or Valley and Del Mar in San Gabriel. They were bright red and looked pretty large. Sorry, I didn't notice the price, but prices at that market are usually pretty low.