Lian Wu? (Wax apple/nose apple/etc.) available in LA?
Has anyone ever seen these available for sale anywhere in LA? I've eaten them in Taiwan and Thailand, but have never seen them here.
Typically, you can find these during the Autumn moon festival at many of the SGV chinese or vietnamese markets. Not always the red kind, however.
How interesting, it is similar to a fruit we used to eat in Jamaica.
Everything you wanted to know about it, including the bearing seasons. I wonder if it could be grown in LA from a seed? Not sure exactly what they mean by extra-tropical, but if they grew it in Israel, maybe it would work here.
Also, I wonder if they would ever have it in Indian markets in Artesia.
Mr Taster, do you know about the Vietnamese fruit and flower shop at Bolsa and Magnolia? I couldn't tell you what the name of it is, but it's in the same plaza as the gigantic Viet Market, the Banh Mi Che Cali and the hot vit lon place, on the (I think) SW corner.
When they're in season -- which, I seem to recall, is Septemberish -- they have them there. They also sell dragonfruit, cherimoya, durian, breadfruit and mangosteen in their various seasons.
Many family friends grow this fruit but I don't recall ever seeing them for sale in stores... sorry!
They can grow quite well here... one family friend has several trees that bear plenty of fruit.