Fresh yuzu or sudachi?
I'm not even sure when the growing season is, but does anyone know where I can find fresh yuzu or sudachi? It seems like half the restaurants in LA are using yuzu nowadays... are they all using bottled?
Growing season is winter, like most citrus.
Rui Farms at the Irvine Farmers' Market on Saturday mornings often has fresh yuzu.
My parents have a yuzu tree in their yard in LA. It produces fruit around November-December.
As my idols Servorg and DU mention, specific farms or farmer's stalls at the local FMs will carry it, but you can also find it at the Japanese markets during the season as well. They're small and not cheap, but it's your easiest source.
If possible, buy as many as you can freeze in a double plastic bag - they do freeze well and I wouldn't surprised if the various restaurants are using using frozen ones themselves.
As for sudachi, I would think this would be even harder to source - I don't know of one myself - sorry.
There's Yuzu at Marukai and Mitsuwa now. It's kinda expensive though, like a dollar per fruit.
I bet the Farmer's Market ones are better, though.
1231 Cabrillo Ave, Torrance, CA 90501
Farmer's Market Restaurant
8202 Pearblossom Hwy, Littlerock, CA 93543
It's not a farm so much as a lady with a large backyard in Santa Ana. You can find Rui-san at the Irvine farmers' market; she is next to Winchester Cheese and you can tell her by the huge pile of delicious potatoes.
I did not see any citrus this week; the season is pretty much over. She did have some amazing-looking shiso and some takenoko (bamboo shoots).