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Where can I find fresh lychee in San Francisco?

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Bay Gelldawg Mar 2, 2011 08:25 PM

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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    wally Mar 2, 2011 08:30 PM

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

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    1. re: wally
      Melanie Wong Mar 2, 2011 08:35 PM

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

    2. Windy Mar 2, 2011 08:34 PM

      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
        Robert Lauriston Mar 2, 2011 09:00 PM

        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. bbulkow Mar 2, 2011 09:31 PM

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

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          CYL Mar 3, 2011 07:30 PM

          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. re: CYL
            Robert Lauriston Mar 3, 2011 08:31 PM

            I always buy them loose.

          2. mariacarmen Mar 3, 2011 08:38 PM

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

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