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Mar 17, 2010 03:46 AM

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?

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  1. Fresh yuzu can be found at Hollywood and Santa Monica farmers markets from the booth of Mud Creek Ranch. I am not sure of the seasonality of these right now though, so maybe check that.

    Mud Creek Ranch
    Santa Paula, CA 93060
    (805) 525-0758

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    1. re: Servorg

      I found this very nice article on Mud Creek Ranch and their produce. It looks like they also have sudachi when they are in season:

    2. Growing season is winter, like most citrus.

      Rui Farms at the Irvine Farmers' Market on Saturday mornings often has fresh yuzu.

      1. 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.

        1. 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.

          Yuzu Restaurant
          1231 Cabrillo Ave, Torrance, CA 90501

          Farmer's Market Restaurant
          8202 Pearblossom Hwy, Littlerock, CA 93543

          1. Thanks all! I didn't notice any last time I was at the SM farmer's market in Feb... I might not have been looking hard enough or may have just missed their growing seasons.

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            1. re: heyitsjai

              There was a very small basket of sudachi at R Farms' stand yesterday, but Rui-san said this was the last week. I'm sorry.

              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                Can you please provide contact info for Rui Farm? I'm trying to hunt down Sudachi. I'd like to get a tree or budwood or, lastly, seeds if possible. Any other contacts also would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.

                1. re: chrisofvienna

                  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).

                  1. re: Das Ubergeek

                    Thanks for the quick response, DU. Unfortunately, I'm all the way over on the East coast, just outside of Wash, DC. so my trips to CA are not frequent enough for me.
                    I grow quite a few Asian vegetables/herbs in my garden and have a few citrus in pots. My search continues!

                    1. re: chrisofvienna

                      I see you are new to Chowhound. Are you aware we have a "gardening" board ? You might post something over there and see what sort of responses you get which may prove useful in your quest.

                      1. re: Servorg

                        Thanks for the tip! I'll give it a try.