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Where to buy fresh (still in shells if poss.) nuts in LA?

lewispayton Sep 9, 2010 03:41 PM

I'm looking to make a hazelnut tart tomorrow and I've ready that nuts (especially walnuts) get bitter/go off rapidly after shelling. I haven't seen anywhere that sells non-shelled nuts in LA (to be honest I haven't exactly been looking until today!).

Anyone got any recommendations/suggestions? I'm in the Silver Lake area, but willing to travel. Much appreciated!

PS - this is my first Chowhound post! I've been using the forums for a little while now, but I'm excited to become an active member.

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  1. J.L. RE: lewispayton Sep 9, 2010 05:05 PM

    Welcome to Chowhound!

    I believe you can try your luck at Grand Central Market, in Downtown L.A., near Angels Flight tramway, on Hill Street.

    Good luck in your nutty quest.

    Grand Central Market
    317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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      JudiAU RE: lewispayton Sep 10, 2010 07:33 AM

      Several of the Fairfax armer's markets do. But hazelnuts are very hard to crack and thus are usually sold shelled. I've purchased fresh nuts at TJs and WF many times though and they'll return them if they are rancid.

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        Mr Taster RE: JudiAU Sep 10, 2010 01:08 PM

        This nutcracker shells hazelnuts as easily as if they were made of balsa wood.


        P.S. Try to look past the bible verse and circa 1985 advertisement... it really is an amazing piece of machinery.

        Mr Taster

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          Bruce Kerr RE: Mr Taster Sep 10, 2010 03:22 PM

          Try the Nuthouse, a food warehouse at corners of Washington, Adams and La Cienega/

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        mangetoutoc RE: lewispayton Sep 10, 2010 07:49 PM

        Welcome to it!

        Jons market (at least the one @ H'wood & Vermont) has always had shelled walnuts, though they're kind of hidden in floor level bins beneath produce. They sometimes have hazelnuts, as well, but I didn't see them when I looked last week. But, this could be due to their unofficial store policy of putting certain items in oddball places rather than a lack of them.

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