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Oct 28, 2006 04:10 PM

Where to buy Rambutan in LA?

Any ideas on where to buy rambutan these days in the greater LA area (including OC)?
How about mangoosteen? anybody seen those around in a grocery store recently?
I found rambutan from a web site, but too expensive.. there has to be some place selling them but have failed to locate one (though local trader joes in pasadena had them around this time last year). thanks in advance.

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  1. Trader Joe's in Silver Lake had them last week. Any large Asian markets should have an even better selection.

    1. I've been given to understand that fresh mangosteen is not available in Southern California (although there are rumors that may change in the not too distant future). (See"


      I think you can get fresh rambutan at Tien Phat Produce (9291 Bolsa Ave., in Westminster, (714) 893-7970), which has a truly wonderful selection of fresh tropical fruit. Last time we were there, we bought some jackfruit that was amazing.

      1. I've seen Hawaiian grown rambutan sold at Irvine's Wholesome Choice, but the Little Saigon markets sell, larger, more vibrant colored ones from SE Asia.

        I second David's choice of Tien Phat. They're my default fruit vendor in Little Saigon. Can be pricier than other markets, but quality is usually worth it.

        1. I saw some at the Trader Joe's in Culver City today.

          1. Say some sad looking ones at Whole Foods at Woodland Hills, if you really need them. Think they were quite expensive too.