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Nov 21, 2010 10:53 AM

Kumquats in Raleigh

My annual Thanksgiving search continues...
Has anybody seen them anywhere in Raleigh recently? In the last few days I have been to:

Grand Asia
Whole Foods
Earth Fare
Fresh Market
Harris Teeter (Leesville)

with no luck. Am open to suggestions. Thanks.

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  1. I'll keep an eye out!

    1. Whole Foods said they'd have them in a week or so.

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      1. re: sisterbeer

        Thanks for checking, but that won't help in time for the T-day cranberry relish. It may be time to call in a backup recipe.

        1. re: rockycat

          Might be worth freezing some of your relish. If it holds up for a year then you could cross this hunt off your Thanksgiving to-do list!

      2. Trader Joe's in CH usually has them, I bought them there this time last year but I haven't been looking for them this year.

        Not sure about your kumquat needs, but they are excellent when candied and poured over David Chang's sour cream ice cream (found in the Momofuku cookbook and online here...


        Good luck!

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        1. re: Victus Populi

          I was thinking about checking TJ's in Raleigh on the way in to work today. I'll definitely do that at lunch. Thanks.

        2. I was at Costco, TJ's and Krogers (Six Forks/ Wake Forest area in Raleigh) today.

          No kumquats...

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          1. re: meatn3

            Thanks for checking. I was at Wal-mart (you never know), HT at Stonehenge, and TJ's today. Also no luck. I guess we'll be having a cranberry ginger relish this year.

            The lady at TJ's was really very helpful and took a lot of time trying to get me some information. The best she was able to come up with is that kumquats are seasonal. Yes, they are. And this is the season. The produce manager at HT mentioned that he should have them by now and has had them on order for a while but has not received any delivery. I wonder if there's some kind of shortage this year.

            1. re: rockycat

              Well, you can't rush Mother Nature. If they're not ready to be picked, they're not ready.

              1. re: rockycat

                or if you want to go non local :)
                slow food triangle proponents (e.g. andrea reusing, phoebe lawless, april mcgreger) rave about their citrus.

                i ordered from them last year - delicious oranges and grapefruit. unfortunately never got around to candying (?) the rinds - hey, at that price, i wanted to use ALL of the fruit! :)

            2. Too late for Thanksgiving, but I saw them today at Grand Asia if you want to make a batch and see if it freezes well...