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Where in SF can I buy key limes?

Mariposa Jul 27, 2010 09:05 PM

I've checked my usual haunts (Rainbow, the produce market by my house) but thought I'd ask here before beginning to call around. Anyone know where I can get key limes? I'm not sure if they're a year-round or seasonal thing, but as far as I can tell summer is their season so they should be around at this time. Hopefully!

Unless you're a pie expert and know I should just use bottled key lime juice to make key lime pie (my first!). In that case, where can I buy key lime juice?

Thanks so much, fellow chowhounds!

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  1. wolfe RE: Mariposa Jul 27, 2010 09:07 PM

    Berkeley Bowl, call first but I have seen them there recently.

    Berkeley Bowl
    2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

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      sfbing RE: Mariposa Jul 27, 2010 09:48 PM

      i've been seeing them everywhere in the Mission right now--Duc Loi and Mi Ranchito to name two places.

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        cakebaker RE: Mariposa Jul 28, 2010 12:28 AM

        While most mexican markets have them...I've found them to be very uneven for baking. I'd use persian limes or nellie's bottled juice or a combination of the two.

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          annalou RE: Mariposa Jul 28, 2010 02:57 AM

          I've been buying them by the bagful at Safeway.

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            Sebby RE: annalou Jul 28, 2010 10:19 AM

            I buy mine at the produce market at 23rd and Mission. Right on the corner, about $2 a bag...no idea how many in a bag, 15? We use them for our margarita mix:-)

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              Melanie Wong RE: Sebby Jul 28, 2010 11:09 AM

              Nice to see a post from you, Sebby, we've missed you here!

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                Sebby RE: Melanie Wong Jul 28, 2010 05:31 PM

                Key Limes:
                I stand corrected, there are 30 limes in the bag and they cost 1.79 a bag at the place on 23rd. Also, just saw the bottled stuff at BevMo, which I have used for the pies before.

                Yeah, I'm back. I dropped off forums when I became self employed :-) But, I've taken up confections and was here looking for info.

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                  Mariposa RE: Sebby Aug 20, 2010 02:06 AM

                  Thank you very much! I was at BevMo the other day so I picked up the bottled juice and will try that out first.

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            celeryroot RE: Mariposa Jul 28, 2010 12:59 PM

            El Chico on 24th had them Monday.

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              boris_qd RE: Mariposa Jul 28, 2010 06:49 PM

              I think trader joes carries them from time to time as well.

              And - the ones I buy in a bag in the mission are labeled "mexican limes" - are these really the same as key limes or are they another type of smallish lime?

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                Mariposa RE: Mariposa Aug 20, 2010 02:07 AM

                Thanks so much to everyone for your help!

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