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

SushioCity Aug 1, 2009 10:25 PM

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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    Cinnamon RE: SushioCity Aug 1, 2009 10:39 PM

    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. ipsedixit RE: SushioCity Aug 2, 2009 12:35 AM

      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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        monku RE: ipsedixit Aug 2, 2009 07:37 AM

        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.

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        Clinton RE: SushioCity Aug 2, 2009 07:57 AM

        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.

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          swtcrm RE: SushioCity Aug 3, 2009 07:10 PM

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

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            monku RE: swtcrm Aug 3, 2009 08:01 PM

            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.

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            carter RE: SushioCity Aug 3, 2009 08:03 PM

            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. Fresser RE: SushioCity Aug 4, 2009 09:07 PM

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

              1. Das Ubergeek RE: SushioCity Aug 4, 2009 09:43 PM

                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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                  Clinton RE: Das Ubergeek Aug 4, 2009 10:22 PM

                  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.

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                    Das Ubergeek RE: Clinton Aug 5, 2009 09:02 AM

                    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.

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                    hppzz RE: Das Ubergeek Aug 5, 2009 12:47 AM

                    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.

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                    Clinton RE: SushioCity Aug 5, 2009 01:18 PM

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

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