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Cheap but tasty passion fruit puree in the Bay

Need passion suit puree for the Momofuku Milk Bar Grapefruit Pie recipe. Don't want to pay $22 + $15 shipping from Amazon. Any local sources that won't force me to buy 20lbs worth??

I tried Gourmet Corner in San Mateo but they have to special order in large quantities.

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The Gourmet Corner
873 N San Mateo Drive, San Mateo, CA 94401

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  1. Mi tierra in Berkeley has it in their freezer cases. I've used it for David Leibovitz' passion fruit pound cake multiple times, and it is delicious. I can't remember the price, but I'm guessing it was less than $4 per package, which was maybe a pound. I've seen it there both with and without the seeds.

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      1. re: little cook

        Thanks for the Mi Tierra recommendation. Reminded me of a NYC bodega with better ingredients and they had better customer service than Whole Foods. The guy who worked there knew I was going to be traveling with the puree outside of a freezer for 8 hours and made a special insulation bag on the spot for me, without me asking.

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        Mi Tierra
        2096 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA

        1. re: Bite_Me

          I'm glad it worked out for you! Mi Tierra is awesome for hard to find Latin ingredients.

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          Mi Tierra
          2096 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA

      2. You might call Mangal's, they have a lot of Australian and New Zealand products.

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          link

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          Mangal's Market
          1699 E 14th St, San Leandro, CA

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Thanks. seems like all the best ingredients are in the East Bay

            1. re: Bite_Me

              Mi Tierra in Berkeley is a Mexican grocery store- I'm sure you could find it in the Mission in a similar grocery.

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              Mi Tierra
              2096 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA

              1. re: kmah

                Mi Tierra has a wider selection than most Mexican markets, they also carry Peruvian, Brazilian, Argentine, and Colombian stuff.

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                Mi Tierra
                2096 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA

                1. re: kmah

                  So, has anyone actually found this in a market in the Mission? Goya brand or any other would be appreciated.

                  1. re: igj

                    Found it at casa guadelupe (the larger one at 26th and mission, not the small one at 25th and mission) in the freezer. Not goya brand, but a ~350g flat-frozen packet. Don't buy them out of it :)!

                    oh, and if my memory serves me correctly, it was <$3 for 350g.

                    1. re: igj

                      also, it looks like Duc Loi (18th and mission) had it in the freezer cases the last time I was there.

            2. The Brazilian grocery store on 25th St. in San Mateo had it when I was last there, but that was a couple of years back. Passion fruit is called maracuja in Portuguese, in case you're looking for the right package in the freezer case.

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              1. re: JoyM

                Joy are you talking about AVP Market on 25th Ave? If so, they closed

                http://www.yelp.com/biz/avp-internati...

                1. re: Bite_Me

                  Oh, so sad. Between that and the demise of Stangellini's, it sounds like I got out of San Mateo just in time.

              2. Went to mi Tierra and found passion fruit pulp. Same thing as purée?

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                1. re: Bite_Me

                  Why not just put pulp in the blender and purée it?

                  1. re: theSauce

                    I used the pulp straight out of the bag and it worked fine. No need to blend. I think "pulp" is puree in spanish

                    1. re: Bite_Me

                      i guess you haven't taken the seeds out of passion fruit yourself.