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What's a good place to buy fresh papayas and other tropical fruits?

Does anyone know a good local source for fresh papayas and other tropical fruits such as Golden Globe, Hayden, or Pope mangos, apple-bananas, passion fruit, guava, duryan, etc?


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  1. The best variety of produce I've seen is at 99 Ranch markets. I don't know that you'd find each variety of all that there, but they have some great stuff. Veggies too (fresh water chestnuts are soooo good).

    1. LAX-C or Canton Food Co. (both in downtown LA)

      Or San Gabriel Superstore in San Gabriel.

      Or Sieu Thi Thuan Phat in Westminster.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        Canton Food Co. won't let you buy fruit's individually. You have to buy by the case or the pre-packaged larger packages they re-pack them in.

      2. Hawaii Market in Alhambra on Valley and Del Mar and Shun Fat in Monterey Park have a huge assortment of fresh tropical produce. In the south bay, most Asian markets like 99 Ranch, Marukai, and Freshia Markets have great sales whenever. Top Value on Hawthorne and Marine has occasional good deals.

        1. I am also looking for papayas. Did you find any good ones???

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          1. re: swtcrm

            I prefer Hawaiian papayas.
            Any of the Asian markets mentioned above will have them and you got to be careful they aren't too ripe when you buy them because they'll get over-ripe quickly.

          2. Might try Farm Boy diagonally across from Bloomingdale's in Sherman Oaks, sharing the same parking lot as TJs. Have seen most of the items you mention at one time or another.

            1. Ralphs had a recent special 3 Mexican Mangos for $1 and they were delish!

              1. Little Saigon. Any shop really but I like Thai Son on Bolsa and Magnolia, SW corner. Stop and have com tam or cheap banh mi while you're there.

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                1. re: Das Ubergeek

                  Was at the ABC Market today. Someone bought me some kind of sandwich next door (I forgot the name of the place) but I think it was the BBQ pork on French loaf? Haven't eaten it yet but it sure smelled good! Haven't been to Little Saigon in years. The ABC Market had oodles of tropical fruits and a lot of strange sea creatures on ice.

                  1. re: Clinton

                    That place is Banh Mi Che Cali. Sandwiches on French rolls are $2.25 each and if you buy two you get the third for free. Truly the best lunch value in the LA area.

                  2. re: Das Ubergeek

                    would second Thai Son for fresh tropical fruits. Plus, I like to bargain with them--if you want to experience what shopping in VN is like...def. go here.

                    There's actually two fruit shops right next to each other, same owners. In addition to the com tam and banh mi, don't forget the Canh Buon at Quan Bun Ban Mai, also in this plaza.


                    Oh, there's also a new fruit place on Bolsa next to Thang Long Restaurant and Passion Berry that's open 24hrs!!!! Get your durian fix at 3 am after a night of clubbing and drinking I guess... crazy but true. I saw the little bed behind the cash register.

                  3. 99 Ranch Market in Gardena had a case of Hawaiian papayas for $16.99 this morning. It looked like the last rose of Summer.