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Passion Fruit

JoyM Oct 15, 2007 08:50 PM

Has anyone seen fresh (NOT frozen, or canned, or bottled) passion fruit anywhere in the Bay Area? No, AVP doesn't have them. When I lived on the East Coast, I used to get them at Whole Paycheck, but I've yet to find them for sale out here. Torani Passion Fruit syrup only goes so far.

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    fqalzai RE: JoyM Oct 15, 2007 09:07 PM

    I have definitely seen passionfruit/lilikoi at Berkeley Bowl from time to time...

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      Dave MP RE: fqalzai Oct 15, 2007 10:06 PM

      I have also seen them at Berkeley Bowl, and I think I've seen them once or twice at Safeway (Potrero Center - 16th and Potrero). However, most passion fruit I've seen at big supermarket chains (both here and in New England) have been very small and expensive.

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      wally RE: JoyM Oct 15, 2007 10:20 PM

      And of course, Monterey Market. However, I don't think I have seen them recently. I don't know when the season is.

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        linz RE: JoyM Oct 15, 2007 10:47 PM

        I am pretty sure I saw some at Rainbow last week...

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          xanadude RE: JoyM Oct 15, 2007 11:08 PM

          You can often find them (from New Zealand)--for $4 each, believe it or not--at the yuppie grocery store in San Mateo--I think it's a Draegers.

          I planted a vine that I bought from the Alemany Farmers Market in June in a pot on my balcony--it's already got a few fruits on it; that's my plan.

          1. PegS RE: JoyM Oct 16, 2007 08:24 AM

            They're often at Berkeley Bowl. I bought a few when I was there two weeks ago.

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              sylphi RE: JoyM Oct 16, 2007 09:13 AM

              This probably doens't help you that much but I know they do have fresh passion fruit in the Bay Area. My company provides us with fresh fruit on Mondays and I had my first fresh passion fruit yesterday. We get them from The Fruit Guys so I'm sure there's a source somewhere here...at least you know it's available.

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                Louise RE: JoyM Oct 16, 2007 10:40 AM

                I can confidently report that it grows and fruits with great enthusiasm in Alameda. If you aren't careful, the vine will eat your house.

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                  Fig Newton RE: Louise Oct 16, 2007 10:51 AM

                  What's that address? :)

                  Being a local food advocate, I have been bugging my farmers to grow it. So far, I've only been able to pick up California grown passion fruit from farmers in Southern California (Ventura County + San Diego County grown)

                2. Robert Lauriston RE: JoyM May 9, 2008 09:16 AM

                  I saw some at the Berkeley Bowl last week.

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                    alohatiki RE: JoyM Mar 16, 2014 01:29 PM

                    Has there been any recent fresh passion fruit sightings recently? I'm in SF but will travel.


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                      Dave MP RE: alohatiki Mar 16, 2014 08:15 PM

                      I saw some nice looking ones at Andronico's in the Inner Sunset this week. They were "on sale" for about $2 or $3 each....so, even at the sale price, definitely not cheap.

                      They also had some nice looking starfruit.

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