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Where to Find Lulo/Naranjilla in Brooklyn

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Hi everyone,

Help! Does anyone know where I can find lulo juice or canned lulo (or preferably, both) anywhere in Brooklyn? I've popped into a bunch of markets in Greenwood Heights/Sunset Park over the past year or so, looking for it, and no luck. (A former coworker who lived in Queens used to bring in bottles from her local market, and got me hooked on the stuff.) Now I would like to try to make a lulo pie for a party next weekend, so if anyone has any thoughts, I'll be very grateful.

Thanks!

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  1. I'm surprised that none of the mexican markets in sunset park carry it. I was always planning to check them out in the hopes that they did have it. Now it seems I saved myself some frustration.

    I get mine at the Tradefair Supermarket in Jackson Heights, queens. I buy the frozen lulo pulp--very cheap, about a dollar for a frozen bag.

    Like many things i get in Jackson Heights (curry leaves, all frozen tropical fruit pulps, etc.), I have yet to find a good place to buy them in brooklyn.

    Jen Kalb, if you read this thread, you're my best bet for someone who might have an answer.

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    1. re: missmasala

      Thanks for the help - if nothing else I'm glad I know a sure place to get it now, even if it is a bit of a trek.

      1. re: angelalala

        I would love to know how to make lulo pie!

        1. re: missmasala

          Well, here's the recipe I found online - never made it before but supposedly it's great. :) I think adding a bit of cornstarch or tapioca to the fruit might be necessary since it seems potentially runny.

          Ingredients:
          -top and bottom pie crusts (2 cups of flour, 1/2 cup of shortening, ice water as needed; cut together, kneaded just long enough to make a uniform texture before rolling)
          -three 28 ounce (800g) jars of naranjillas in heavy syrup, drained, with the fruit scooped out of the hairy skin and lightly mashed, and the skin and any tough parts of the blossom end of the fruit discarded
          -1/2 cup of sugar
          -1 teaspoon of cinnamon
          -2 heaping teaspoons of cardamom
          -3 tablespoons of egg replacer.

          Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

          Mix all of the dry ingredients together, and then mix them into the fruit (which will be very wet). Pour the mixture into the pie pan, cover with the top crust, and bake for about 45 minutes.

          Allow to cool and firm up before eating.

          1. re: angelalala

            Funny you mention lulo, angelalala - I just made some delicious lulo juice from frozen pulp yesterday. Like missmasala, I've purchased it at TradeFair in Jackson Hts on occasion. But if you're going to be in that neighborhood in Queens, I'd also take a look at the Met grocery store across the street (a block away). They have open freezer shelves at Trade Fair (unless things have changed) and sometimes some of the frozen pulp goods seem to have gone through several cycles of freezing and defrosting; the freezers are closed at Met.

            1. re: racer x

              thanks, great to know. the freezer quality at tradefair isn't always great, but it never occurred to me that the met would have those frozen fruit pulps, too.
              Do they have as good a selection as tradefair--ie passion fruit, mango, coconut, lulo etc?

              1. re: missmasala

                I've moved to manhattan, so I haven't recently checked. But yes, they used to carry passion fruit, mango, strawberry, and other flavors. (And of course, some of that freezing and thawing could jsut be from shipping goods from the tropics ...)

                1. re: racer x

                  I picked up some frozen lulo and frozen maracuya pulp on a pilgrimage to Jackson Heights the other night. New since my last visit: now you can actually by frozen whole lulos at Met on 37th ave! They may also carry them at Trade Fair (I didn't see frozen lulos there, but they did have frozen other things - I think tomates de arbol, among other things - that I've never seen before in the frozen tropical fruit pulp section.) Some of the other fruit pulps flavors included guava, mango, guanábana, pineapple, blackberry, strawberry, and coco.

                2. re: missmasala

                  Just wanted to update you all - I found lulo pulp for sale in Brooklyn - at Associated (used to be Faro) on 5th avenue and 17th street. Pretty funny - I just last week trucked out to Jackson Heights to stock up, and lulo pops up in a grocery right around the corner from my house. Yay! :)

        2. re: missmasala

          I love this fruit, but where I live it's not possible to find it (the great state of Maine). Could you provide a phone # for me to call this supermarket?

          Thanks a lot.

          1. re: heraclidxy

            hera, I also purchase frozen lulo at Trade Fair in Jackson Heights. Here's the the link to their website. The one I shop at is listed as "Trade Fair #10".

            http://www.tradefairny.com/web/locati...

            1. re: heraclidxy

              Another option, I guess:
              http://www.virtualtienda.com/index.ph...

              I've liked La Fé products, but Canoa are also good (although I guess not available at that website).

          2. They also have whole frozen naranjilla/lulo at Key Foods in Bushwick (Hart St/Wyckoff).