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Lichee - where to buy in queens

2slices Jun 4, 2010 09:44 AM

Just back from China and theyre in season there. Any ideas? I'm in sunnyside.

  1. 2slices Jun 7, 2010 09:53 AM

    Wow thanks all. Patel is close to work so I'll try there but I live in the EV so manhattan Ctown will work.

    Anyone ever seen Yangmei in Chinatown? I've asked before here and asked chinese vendors but they say you cant get em in USA. If you're not sure what I'm talking about, behold the greatest fruit on earth: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myrica_r...

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    1. re: 2slices
      buttertart Jun 7, 2010 10:25 AM

      I think HLing reported someone selling them recently (on Grand St? Manhattan Chinatown?) candied on sticks the way they are often sold in Taiwan. I like them but vastly prefer lichees myself - they have a slight saccharine bitterness I'm not crazy about. To each his or her own!

    2. h
      hoi lai Jun 6, 2010 12:54 PM

      I got some nice Juicy, sweet ones at Patel Bros on 74th st for $4 a pound this afternoon.

      1. b
        butterchicken2nan Jun 6, 2010 11:07 AM

        I just bought some from the Asian Supermarket across the street from Donovan's in Woodside - I think they were $4.99 per pound. I do know they were super sweet and juicy.

        Woodside Cafe
        60-06 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11377

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          seneca Jun 5, 2010 10:17 PM

          They have them at Pacific Market at 74th and Broadway/Roosevelt in Jackson Heights too. They have them bagged in a net bag so you have to buy a certain set amount. I also saw some at a market on Broaday in Elmhurst just outside the Grand St. stop. They were being sold loose.

          Pacific Market
          75-01 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373

          1. shaogo Jun 4, 2010 12:00 PM

            Back to the OP:

            Chung Fat Supermarket is on Main Street in Flushing, and what used to be Kam Sen (now it's "new" A&N or something like that) is across the street. There's free parking for Kam Sen behind the store.

            There are smaller fruit mongers closer to the trains on Main Street and on Roosevelt Avenue. I'd hazard a guess if the Lichees are in Manhattan now, they're in Flushing, or will be soon.

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            1. re: shaogo
              EricMM Jun 5, 2010 07:50 AM

              They have them in Elmhurst.....the stores along Broadway. I got some for $4.99/lb last week, and they were delicious!

            2. shaogo Jun 4, 2010 09:49 AM

              We were in Flushing last week and I didn't see any. The fruit-mongers were pushing cherries.

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              1. re: shaogo
                buttertart Jun 4, 2010 11:10 AM

                They're in Manhattan Chinatown now at $4 a lb apparently.

                1. re: buttertart
                  shaogo Jun 4, 2010 11:15 AM

                  Ooops. Maybe I didn't see 'em. I'll be in Flushing this Monday and am now determined to buy some. They're my spouse's very favorite fruit.

                  1. re: shaogo
                    buttertart Jun 4, 2010 11:32 AM

                    This is in Manhattan Ctown, not Flushing, haven't been to Flushing in a dog's. Mine too! The queen of fruits. Love them. First had them in Taipei years ago, am so happy they're easier to come by these days in the US. (PS are you looking at my "Chinatown fruit report" thread on the Manhattan board? Lots of good info and fun discussions.)

                    1. re: buttertart
                      shaogo Jun 4, 2010 11:36 AM

                      I know. Manh. C/town is just too much of a hassle with the car (and actually, it's a truck if we're going into Flushing to buy provisions). I go to Manh Ctown just about once every 5 weeks only...

                      1. re: shaogo
                        buttertart Jun 4, 2010 11:46 AM

                        About as often as I get to Flushing! I can imagine Manhattan would be a nightmare under those circs.

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