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Dec 11, 2007 06:30 AM

Guava and Sapodilla

Any 'hounds know where I can find guavas and sapodilla in the Bay Area ?

Phan Farms stall at Alemany used to carry guavas until a month back. No more.

Thanks !

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  1. I have seen a lot of guavas lately at the Mexican markets - not sure where they are from, guessing most are not from California.

    I was waiting for the bus at the corner of Bacon and San Bruno on Friday, and I was in the produce market on that corner and they had beautiful, ripe guavas that smelled great. I almost bought some.

    I was also in Casa Lucas on Sunday and they had small ripe guavas, as well as larger less-ripe green guavas.

    I haven't seen them at Farmer's Markets lately - I think the season is over in California.

    Casa Lucas Market
    2934 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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    1. re: Dave MP

      Yes, season is over for Californian guavas. Checked with Phan Farms and another vendor at Alemany, diagonally opposite.

      Thanks for the other tips. Still on the prowl for sapodilla.

      1. re: osho

        Whole Foods carries sapodilla them from time to time. I saw them recently walking through Chinatown at the place on Stockton called Duians (spell?)

    2. Browkaw is selling guavas at various farmer's markets.

      1. I've never seen sapodilla in California. Have you?

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        1. re: Windy

          Nope. Hence the quest. Just got back from a trip to the old country (England) where I found sapodilla at a couple of ethnic markets around London.

          1. re: osho

            I still remember eating them for the first time in the Bahamas and how good they were. But I'm not sure we saw many of them in South Florida when I was growing up, despite the proximity.

            Mexican markets might have guava if the local season is over.

            1. re: osho

              I've seen canned sapodillas (sometimes labeled as "chico," the Filipino name for the fruit) at some Asian markets, but haven't tried them. Somehow I don't think they'll be as good as my memories of them fresh in SE Asia!

              It'd be great to find a local place (especially in the south bay) which sells fresh sapodillas.

              1. re: sairuh

                Good point. I'll ask some of my friends - originally from India - who live in the South Bay.

          2. I think I bought a sapodilla at Berkeley Bowl today. If they go by the name sapote as this link says

            However mine is green and not brown so maybe it is a white sapote. I swear I've seen the brown ones from time to time at BB.

            BB did have a nunber of guavas ... Asian guavas and Mexican guavas. One of the vendors at the Tuesday Berkeley farmers market today had white quavas today. They were very nice, but I got distracted and forgot to pick some up. I did buy tthe Asian and Mexican guavas though.

            Berkely Bowl had some great exotic fruit today ... fan kiwis, logans, uzu, various feijoasand pink lemons which were EXTREMELY cool looking ... pinkish with green stripes.

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            1. re: rworange

              They must be related, but the sapodillas in the Bahamas were brown and different from those pics, which is why I've never bought one. Maybe it's worth a taste test to see if the difference is region or variety.

                1. re: rworange

                  rworange, thanks for the report. Does the green one taste like a combination of brown sugar and root beer - as the apt description in the link above says?

                  If so, I have to make a trip across the bay - probably tomorrow. :-)

                  1. re: osho

                    No, I had a tropical breakfast bowl this morning for breakfast and this had a little sticker on it that said 'white sapote'.

                    It was lovely though. I got it just at perfect ripeness. A lot of the tropical and exotic fruit never lives up to its expectations. I've never thought much a chermoya, for example.

                    But the white sapote was lovely and something I will keep an eye out for. It woke me and my taste buds up. This old Chowhound posts describes it perfectly ..

                    "This is a fruit that stole my heart ... The white sapotes I've eaten had a smooth green skin and pale flesh half-way between an avocado and an apple ... The whites have an amazing creamy, custardy texture and very delicate flavor,"


                    This post says "The white *zapote* is as good as it gets in the fruit world" ... yeah

                    A little pricy as I see by BB receipt that it was $2.10 for a medium apple sized fruit. I thought there was a little pear taste to it as well ...lovely ...absolutely lovely. It had a few white seeds ... maybe 3 or 4 that were like the seeds one occasionally finds in persimmons.

                    The Mexican gauva a BEAUTIFUL ... the pink type I rarely see here . I think the Asian guava wasn't ripe yet ... but was surprisingly good ... it had a crunchy texture but a different flavor that was .. spicy ... like cinnamon and nutmeg. This was white inside. They had some baby guava's about the size of a marble which were slightly custardy and tangy.

                    The feijoa was ok, with a sharper tangier taste than the guavas ... more lemony. Lived up to the name pineapple guava ... like a pineapple and guava mated. I can believe it is an evergreen shrub as it almost had a pine-like essence to it. Interesting, but I don't think I'm a feijoa fan ... lovely fragrance though.

                    Longans are like lychees, but not as good ... not as juicy. Have no clue which of the varieties it was mentioned in the second link.

                    The fan kiwi needed to ripen more, it was way too tart. Will see how the other tastes after a few days.
                    Had this with Rachel's pomegranate acai yogurt also from BB. Never had Racehel's before and it was only ok, kind of standard yogurt texture.