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Dec 6, 2011 02:53 PM

Where to buy Spanish limes locally?

Anyone know where I can buy Spanish limes (aka, quenapas, mamoncillo, mamón, mamones, chenet, guaya, gnep, ginep, skinnip, genip, guinep, ginnip, genups, kenèp, quenepa, genepa, xenepam, limoncillo) in the Bay Area, preferably the East Bay?

I ate this exotic longan-like lemonadey-tasting fruit in the Bahamas a few years ago and I can't stop thinking about it!

I've read that they're grown in Florida and Puerto Rico, but I can't find them in the local markets I would most suspect of having them (Berkeley Bowl and Monterey Market). Perhaps there's some Latino market or other market somewhere that has them?

Also, I've read that the season is normally June through September, so they may not be available now, but I want to be prepared for next year!

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  1. Call Spanish Table perhaps they can direct you.
    The Spanish Table 2
    1814 San Pablo Ave
    Berkeley, CA 94702
    (510) 548-1383

    1. If they're available around here, maybe Mi Pueblo, Oriental Lucky Mart, African-Caribbian, or Minto. You might also ask Sarah Kirnon, the chef at Hibiscus, she gets some hard-to-find stuff.

      Oriental Lucky Mart
      535 8th St, Oakland, CA 94607

      Mi Tierra
      2096 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA

      African Caribbean Food Market
      547 8th St, Oakland, CA 94607

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Right link.

        Minto Jamaican Market
        4042 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611

      2. Really? In Florida? When I studied in Puerto Rico I was told they aren't sold on the "mainland". Good luck!

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        1. re: melpy

          They were my favorite fruit in the Bahamas. You could occasionally find them in Miami from someone's tree.

          Never seen them in California, and I doubt they travel well.

        2. Are the also called finger limes? Tiny and, well somewhat shaped like half a pinkie. Monterey Market had those Sunday. They were pricey so while I was curious I didn't get any.

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          1. re: fruti

            Here they are. Although the ones I remember weren't so green on the outside. In Nassau they called them kinepas.

            1. re: fruti

              Finger limes are something else. "Spanish limes" are not limes, or any kind of citrus. Or for that matter Spanish.

            2. I actually managed to buy these once a year or two ago, being sold by a Central American street vendor on the corner of Mission and I think 19th. There were some other vendors setting up a little street market of other (Salvadoran?) goods too. Never seen the guy since but I don't pass that corner routinely these days.