Fruterias (fruit stands) in the Mission
What fruterias would you recommend on the basis of best selection and quality of fruits in the Mission? I'm looking for fresh fruit not juice.
I'm interested in guava, nance, cherimoya, guanabana, sugar apple, atemoya, and anything else I haven't tried yet. After paging through The Fruit Hunters (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/01/boo...) I'm planning to do a strange fruit picnic and would like to know which fruit stands you would recommend. Are some stands more focused on Central American fruits and others on Mexican fruits?
A couple of places I'm planning to hit:
Casa Lucas Market
El Chico Produce Market #4
La Loma Produce No 8
Ehh, honestly, I'm not sure you've got much coming--you may be able to find guava pretty easily ($3-$4/lb), but most of the rest of what you're looking for is going to be hard to come by in the mission. Them's the breaks--honestly, Berkeley Bowl is much more likely to have the selection of exotic fruits you're looking for. Every place in the mission has a decent selection of frozen fruit and frozen fruit purees though.
I'd swing by the places on Mission, though--Evergreen and the others whose name escapes me.
Second on Berkeley Bowl. However, these fruits are often underripe, overripe, or otherwise in such bad condition that they won't give you a clue as to why anyone would want to eat them.
Brokaw Nursery, which has booths at some farmers markets, has white sapotes, cherimoyas, and guavas in season.
I've seen a good selection of some unique fruit at Casa Lucas on 24th. It seems like they take good care of their produce, it's usually in better shape than a lot of the places.
La Loma Produce No 14 had some good cherimoyas, but we had to settle for some more sedate fruit from the other stands.
Also tried candied pumpkin - I believe it is called calabazate. A sugar bomb but interesting nonetheless.
La Loma Produce No 14
3052 16th St, San Francisco, CA