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Apr 24, 2008 02:08 PM

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.

Mr Taster

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

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    1. re: jkao1817

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

      Mr Taster

      1. re: Mr Taster

        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.

    2. 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.

      1. 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. 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

            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

              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

                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.

            2. 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.