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Mar 15, 2007 08:49 AM

Where can I buy passion fruit in San Diego?

Looking for passion fruit in San Diego. Even passion fruit puree or juice would work to make the sauce for a special dessert. Any ideas?

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  1. I have seen it at Wholefoods, Ralphs, Lucky Seafood, Jimbos etc.

    1. Add Northgate to the list, I've seen passion fruit there as well

      1. we have seen them for $6.00 - $7.00 a pound at the Solana Beach farmers market last sunday

        1. What's the best way you have found to juice these things? I love the flavor, but there isn't much juice in each fruit - I'm wondering about the most efficient way to get it out.

          Totally aside - Trader Joes sells a fantastic Passionfruit sorbet, if you want the flavor without the hassle!

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          1. re: Alice Q

            I'v been drinking PF juice for a long time. My Vietnamese wife Ty intro'd me to it for my occasional chest congestion. (It's good for any type of inflammation.)

            Ty cuts the fruit in half, scrapes everything into a fine mess strainer, holds the strainer over a wide mouth glass, and presses the fruit and seeds through the mesh. Each piece of fruit yields about an ounce of very yellow, very sour juice. TWO pieces strained and poured into a an ice filled 10 oz class, add sweetener, (I use Equal,) fill with water, stir vigorously, and enjoy.

            Here's another trick I learned at a Vietnamese restaurant in Anaheim CA: Cut 2 pieces of fruit in two scrape the contents into a tall glass, add a little water, stir vigorously. Add sweetener, ice fill with water and drink with a large bore straw.

            You'll NEVER notice the seeds! It's like eating watermelon.

          2. I'm sure I've seen it at Specialty Produce in the Morena/USD area. Though they cater to the food service industry, they also will sell directly to consumers. In fact you don't even have to buy a whole flat of produce like I had originally thought. Just pick out what you want out of their huge walk-ins and they'll ring you right up.

            It's fun to go through their walk-ins and see for yourself large quantities of otherwise hard-to-find or exotic ingredients.