Guava and Sapodilla
- osho Dec 11, 2007 06:30 AM
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.
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
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.
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.
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.