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Where to buy guava preserves or puree anywhere in Los Angeles?

rainier700 May 19, 2007 02:06 PM

Not looking for guava jelly or jam...just guava preserves or puree. Bristol Farms only has the jam. I checked all of the following stores but they **do not** have any guava product:
Trader Joes
Whole Foods
I have heard it might be found at Cuban, Puerto Rican, or South American markets. Does anyone know of any such markets (preferably large) anywhere in the Los Angeles area? I'm in Glendale but will drive anywhere for it. Thanks much.

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  1. Das Ubergeek RE: rainier700 May 19, 2007 03:05 PM

    Try El Cubano Food Bag -- there's one on Victory and Tujunga in North Hollywood. If not, maybe Vallarta Supermarkets? If worse comes to absolute worst, you can get guava preserves and guava syrup at Hilo Hattie's at the Block at Orange... but wow, expensive.

    1. alohaanna RE: rainier700 May 19, 2007 09:05 PM

      Golden Farms on San Fernando Rd. just east of Western in Glendale has guava puree in the freezer section. I also buy the passion fruit and mango puree there. You might also try the Vallarta supermarkets, but if you are in Glendale, then this is the spot.

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        1_healthnut RE: rainier700 May 19, 2007 10:38 PM

        i KNOW i just saw guava paste (not plain puree, it did have added sugar) somewhere recently, and can't remember where! i thought maybe it was at surfas, but since you said they don't have it, maybe it was erewhon on beverly...? give them a call, they're usually really helpful.

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          1_healthnut RE: rainier700 May 19, 2007 10:46 PM

          one more suggestion...if you don't need it immediately, buy it online and have it shipped to you.

          one of my favorite sources, especially for hard-to-find ingredients, is kalustyan's, an incredible market in new york city. their entire inventory is available online, and i know they carry a bunch of guava products...


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            1_healthnut RE: 1_healthnut May 20, 2007 02:07 PM

            final thought...it dawned on me last night that i may have seen it at 'cost plus world market.' some of their locations carry a random and somewhat extensive selection of ethnic ingredients.

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              Fru RE: 1_healthnut May 20, 2007 02:25 PM

              There are now guava rolls at Trader Joes

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                rainier700 RE: Fru Jun 2, 2007 04:10 PM

                Thanks for all the suggestions! Golden Farms had lots of frozen purees but not guava. But I did find tons of varieties of guava paste (and guava marmalade and even whole guava in sugar syrup in a can) at El Canonazo in Atwater Village.

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                  1_healthnut RE: rainier700 Jun 3, 2007 12:33 AM

                  for the record, it turns out that a couple of us were right...you may have just gone to trader joe's too prematurely. they now carry guava paste rolls so you can re-stock there if you need to!

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            alexfood RE: rainier700 Jun 2, 2007 08:02 PM

            In a totally off-topic aside, we've become addicted to the guava-cheese struedel at Porto's, the Cuban bakery. Just couldn't help mentioning them 'cuz they're so delicious.

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              rainier700 RE: alexfood Jun 23, 2007 04:46 PM

              AlohaAnna was right as well. I went back to Golden Farms recently and this time they did indeed have frozen guava puree!

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