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Where to buy Rambutan in LA?

acram Oct 28, 2006 04:10 PM

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. Chowpatty RE: acram Oct 28, 2006 04:21 PM

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

    1. David Kahn RE: acram Oct 29, 2006 01:21 AM

      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 http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/09/din..."


      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. Professor Salt RE: acram Oct 29, 2006 01:59 AM

        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.

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          coconutbug RE: acram Oct 29, 2006 01:06 AM

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

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            Sgee RE: acram Oct 29, 2006 06:23 AM

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

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              acram RE: acram Oct 29, 2006 02:58 PM

              Found them in Tien Phat.. Guatamalen grown at $32 for 5 pounds. Overall, that place is great. Lot's of other fruits I have seen in asian countries, but never tried before.
              Thanks for the info.

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                Kitchen Queen RE: acram Oct 29, 2006 07:26 PM

                Acram -
                If you must have fresh, Asian markets esp. Thai would be the places to go. Canned Rambutan, Mangosteen, Lychee, Jack fruit and the sort you will ALWAYS find at a Thai market. Bangluck on Hollywood Blvd or Bangkok on Melrose. You could probably always find at a 99 Ranch, Hang Kook/Galleria Market-Korean, or Filipino Markets. When in season, you can also find fresh Durian. 99 Ranch will have frozen ones. I love fresh Lychee and buy them at 99 Ranch when in season.

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                salsalover RE: acram Oct 29, 2006 03:20 PM

                Try any of the Ranch 99 Asian food markets...they are a small chain. Good luck.

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                  estone888 RE: acram Oct 29, 2006 04:49 PM

                  Strangely enough I found really good ones at Ralph's in Silverlake yesterday.

                  1. Kosmonaut RE: acram Oct 29, 2006 06:35 PM

                    I've always wondered about fresh mangosteen in SoCal.

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                      apple7blue RE: acram Aug 26, 2009 12:53 AM

                      Is there any place I can get a Rambutan today?

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                        SmokeyDoke RE: apple7blue Aug 26, 2009 01:55 PM

                        Tien Phat in Westminister. I saw them when I was there last week.

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                          apple7blue RE: SmokeyDoke Sep 20, 2009 11:08 PM

                          Thanks . . . it seems like OC is where to go . . .

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                            Das Ubergeek RE: apple7blue Sep 21, 2009 01:07 PM

                            Thai Son had them as well, in the plaza with the ABC market on the southwest corner of Magnolia and Bolsa. You may have to ask for them (the Vietnamese for them is quả chôm chôm). It is nearly the end of the season.

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                              apple7blue RE: Das Ubergeek Oct 2, 2009 01:33 AM

                              dang I am probably going to be too busy to get there. I thought the season was now from October. I checked several websites and they say harvests are october post-lychee and dragonberry (forgot what its called exactly)

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                        estone888 RE: acram Aug 26, 2009 02:00 PM

                        I saw fresh mangosteen at Lax-C on Saturday, but they wouldn't even sell them to me. They were rock hard, which means they weren't very good. I think the season might be over.

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                          huaqiao RE: acram Aug 26, 2009 04:22 PM

                          I bought both mangosteen and rambutan on Sunday at that strip mall on the corner of Magnolia and Bolsa in Little Saigon next to the ABC Supermarket. There are a few different shops there that specialize in tropical fruits. You can find them in a lot of Asian supermarkets, though you'll probably have a better selection to choose from if you go to a specialist.

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                            apple7blue RE: huaqiao Sep 20, 2009 11:09 PM

                            Thanks . . . it seems like OC is where to go . . . I wanted to see where its local and current. I did not find them in any of the East LA--Monterey Park, San Gabriel, etceteras areas.

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