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Where can I find fresh lychee in San Francisco?

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I would love to try lychee. I have read that it is grown in Southern CA and Hawaii. Is there anywhere in SF to get it fresh (not dried or canned)?

When is it in season?

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  1. I have usually seen it in mid-summer, I think.

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    1. re: wally

      Yes, summertime, and then they'll be all over our various Chinatowns.

    2. Yes, June-July. Sold at many Asian groceries, although I don't think I've had any grown in the US.

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      1. re: Windy

        It grows in Florida and Hawaii. If it can be imported, seems like we'd see it December-January in addition to June-July, which is the only time I've seen it fresh.

      2. Thread on a close relative, the Rambutan (aka Hairy Lychee)
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/42350

        1. Sometimes sells in bulk, but more likely, as packed in 1-2 lb packages. Best varieties have meat that is sweet, large, and with small pit. Better to be able to sample bulk and test product beforehand to avoid being stuck with too much of less than the best.

           
           
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          1. i've seen them at Evergreen market, on Mission between 21st and 22nd. But yeah, probably not til summer.