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Pomegranates - out of season

foodfan_dan Apr 2, 2008 12:06 PM

Anyone know how to get fresh pomegranates now, out of season?

Are there any international importers or internet companies that might specialize in out of season fruit?

I'm here in the US, NYC actually, and I'm trying to find a few pomegranates for a movie shoot. Unfortunately, the scene calls for cutting into the fruit, otherwise, I'd use fake ones.

Well, if anyone's got suggestions, I'd love to hear them.



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  1. Fizz RE: foodfan_dan Apr 2, 2008 12:09 PM

    I was just going to post this question. I have a cocktail I want to make that is just perfect with pomegranate seeds and I have no idea how to get my hands on some.

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      foodfan_dan RE: Fizz Apr 2, 2008 12:13 PM

      Well, I called a few stores already, and none of them had any suggestions. I'm not even sure that they are in season in other locations at this point.

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      moh RE: foodfan_dan Apr 2, 2008 12:22 PM

      Have you tried Chinatown?

      I know I've seen some fresh pomegranates in Montreal in several stores. Small, but they are still around. If you are really desperate, you can drive up here (5-6 hours!) but then you'd have to sneak them back across the border... They looked very fresh and nice, so I know someone in the world is exporting them.

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        hungry_pangolin RE: foodfan_dan Apr 3, 2008 06:36 AM

        Here in Toronto, I think that I've seen some in the last couple of weeks. All the ones I've seen are from California, and their season is over now. If you can't find them in the usual supermarkets, I'd suggest going to a Mideastern or Persian market.

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          foodfan_dan RE: foodfan_dan Apr 15, 2008 10:56 AM

          I found the store that bought the last batch of pomegranates from the tail end of the California season crop, and it's in Brooklyn. It's a pain to get over there, but I needed some for a film project. Also, be aware that they are smaller and not as nice looking as the seasonal ones.

          Aron's Fruit Emporium
          in Brooklyn, Borough Park
          5208 13th Ave. (52nd and 53rd.) NY, 11219

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            hungry_pangolin RE: foodfan_dan Apr 15, 2008 06:12 PM

            I was waiting to hear back. Here in Toronto, we're still getting pomegranates, but now from India. They're smaller and more mottled than the ones from California, which makes one wonder whether pomegranates play to type. I haven't had to buy a pomegranate yet, but will next week... I'll report back on the flavour.

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            b0ardkn0t RE: foodfan_dan Apr 15, 2008 06:12 PM

            I might also suggest that if time's not an issue try and see if you can get any from a supplier from South America particularly Argentina, Uruguay, or Chile. Pomegranate season is just getting into gear there and they are a fairly known crop there.

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              masonuc RE: foodfan_dan Jul 6, 2011 10:14 AM

              3 years late but apparently Chile recently got approval for pomegranate exports and I found a bunch at Battery Place Market last weekend (in July!). They were fresh and FANTASTIC.

              1. buttertart RE: foodfan_dan Jul 6, 2011 10:18 AM

                I saw scads and oodles of pomegranates (cheap) at the fruit stand at Bayard and Mulberry last Monday. They've had them for a while now. I thought it was odd, but hadn't twigged to their antipodean origin.

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                1. re: buttertart
                  LindaWhit RE: buttertart Jul 6, 2011 12:19 PM

                  I'm really hoping foodfan_dan found his pomegranates for his photo shoot in April 2008. Otherwise, this film is WAY over budget!


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                    buttertart RE: LindaWhit Jul 6, 2011 12:31 PM

                    Holy Hannah! Didn't notice. Oh well, somebody else might have a hankering.

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                      LindaWhit RE: buttertart Jul 6, 2011 12:33 PM

                      LOL! One of those patented and yet mysterious "let's move THIS old thread back up to the top and see if anyone posts on it" CH moves. :-)

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                        buttertart RE: LindaWhit Jul 6, 2011 12:34 PM

                        Yep, it was somebody else who restarted it!

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                      foodfan_dan RE: LindaWhit Jul 6, 2011 01:27 PM

                      yes, managed to find pomegranates in brooklyn after calling a distributor in the bronx who had sold them their last case. so did not go over budget, in the end. ;)

                      the "fruits" of my labor: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePXb5W...

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                        LindaWhit RE: foodfan_dan Jul 6, 2011 01:47 PM

                        Nicely done. :-)

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                          buttertart RE: foodfan_dan Jul 7, 2011 06:44 AM

                          Now you know where to get them if a sequel is planned!

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