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Lian Wu? (Wax apple/nose apple/etc.) available in LA?

Mr Taster Apr 24, 2008 02:08 PM

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.


Mr Taster

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    lakeshow318 Jun 22, 2013 12:49 PM

    My all time favorite fruit. Just bought a tree from San Gabriel Nursery. They say it will fruit this year. Will keep you posted.

    1. Mr Taster Nov 8, 2011 03:06 PM

      Replying to my own thread, 3.5 years later.

      DU, I never did check out the fruit place you recommended at Bolsa and Magnolia (forgot about it, actually, until rereading it just now) but I was in Little Saigon this past Saturday (where I finally scored the youtiao and house special soup at the real Trieu Chau-- absolutely delicious) and found some lien ou at the fancy fruit shop near the back entrance of the Asian Garden Mall. The shop also had fresh durian and those Asian guavas (the green skinned, grassy flavored ones) which have the distinct benefit of sending my wife into throngs of euphoria.

      Just ate one today. They were delicious. I had forgotten how the texture is crisp and lightly sweet, a little sour, a little astringent, with a crisp yet oddly spongy meat. The closer you eat to the core, the more astringent and sour the fruit becomes.

      Would love to know where to find these closer to home-- say, somewhere in the San Gabriel Valley.

      Mr Taster

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      1. re: Mr Taster
        PeterCC Jun 21, 2013 04:59 PM

        I'm going to bump this because for some reason I just got a craving for them. Sounds like they may not be in season right now, but any more consistent places to find them nowadays?

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          emyllis Sep 29, 2013 11:17 PM


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            PeterCC Sep 30, 2013 12:36 AM

            Thanks, will have to see if they're still selling them!

            1. re: emyllis
              Mr Taster Sep 30, 2013 01:37 AM

              Wow, that's great to know. Thanks for posting this. We're heading to Taiwan in a day so I plan to get my fix there, but I'll be curious to compare them with Mr. Wu's bounty when I return.

              Mr Taster

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          silverlakebodhisattva Jan 30, 2010 08:39 AM

          So, going slightly OT, what are they like?

          Are they so wonderful (like mangoes) or unique (like, um, durian) that they're worth seeking out at any price and distance, or are they more like, say cornelian cherries, (which made me think "hmm. These'd be OK, I guess, if you couldn't get any ACTUAL cherries, but once you could get THOSE, these would go by the wayside") or star-fruit ("OK;. Interesting LOOKING, but they don't really taste like much...")?

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          1. re: silverlakebodhisattva
            Das Ubergeek Jan 30, 2010 09:18 PM

            The latter. They're not like mangosteens, which drive mortal men to madness.

            Good to see you back, RGS.

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            shikio Jan 29, 2010 03:21 PM

            Heard of Lian Wu (red wax apple) was available in the Exotic fruit store in Toronto.

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              rog Nov 23, 2009 06:53 AM

              I bought a couple lbs from the family who had a tree in Cerritos. Pretty sweet

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              1. re: rog
                Mr Taster Nov 23, 2009 09:52 AM

                What is "the family" in Cerritos? Sounds like a lian wu mafioso ring.

                Mr Taster

              2. Vince S May 3, 2008 12:25 PM

                Good post!! Man, I love lian wu. I had them recently in TW and they were sweet!

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                  HKSM AUSTIN May 2, 2008 09:13 AM

                  We have them available for sale in Texas right now, so they might be coming in season. In Hawaii we have them growing in our yard - red one s and white ones.

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                  1. re: HKSM AUSTIN
                    renjake May 3, 2008 11:50 AM

                    Can I get these fresh anywhere besides Central Market, I'm in North Texas

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                    gsmoose Apr 25, 2008 04:23 PM

                    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.

                    1. Das Ubergeek Apr 24, 2008 09:23 PM

                      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.

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                      1. re: Das Ubergeek
                        mlgb Apr 25, 2008 08:48 AM

                        From my link


                        In Ceylon, the fruits are ripe from March to May; in India, the tree blooms in March and April and the fruit ripens in May and June; in Java, flowering occurs from April to June and fruiting from June to August.

                        1. re: Das Ubergeek
                          Mr Taster Apr 25, 2008 04:42 PM

                          Hm, no I don't believe I've ever been here.... thanks DU. I had thought that it was not possible to buy mangosteen in the US due to some sort of import ban?

                          Mr Taster

                          1. re: Mr Taster
                            Das Ubergeek Apr 25, 2008 05:56 PM

                            The ban was lifted last year. The imports are not as fragrant as what you find in fruit stands in southern Asia but they are still very tasty.

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                          mlgb Apr 24, 2008 07:46 PM

                          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.

                          1. ipsedixit Apr 24, 2008 06:21 PM

                            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.

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                              jkao1817 Apr 24, 2008 02:30 PM

                              I have seen them before (very rarely) at Hong Kong Market in Rowland Heights.....

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                                Mr Taster Apr 24, 2008 02:37 PM

                                Do you recall at what time of the year you have seen them?

                                Mr Taster

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                                  jkao1817 Apr 24, 2008 03:04 PM

                                  I am sorry I do not remember when.

                                  Next time I see them I will let you know.....

                                  I do remember eating them during the summer in Taiwan.

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