Tropical fruit purees at the Key Food in Sunset Park
I usually buy my frozen tropical fruit purees at the trade fair or the met food in JH and stock them in my freezer. But the other day, needing some passion fruit puree and realizing that what I thought was that in my freezer was actually guanabana, I set out on a search to find some in Brooklyn, because I didn't want to drive all the way to queens.
My search led me to the Key Food on 5th ave and 45th (???) in Sunset Park. They stock all of the usual fruit purees, in case anyone else is looking. But what surprised me was how nice a supermarket it was. I usually don't like Key Foods because I find them to be crowded, dingy, and poorly stocked, but this one was big, clean, well-stocked, and full of Mexican products, not to mention the best Goya aisle I've found since I moved to Brooklyn. (double the kinds of canned and dried beans I get at my met food.)
4320 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11232
re: Amy Mintzer
the key food on 5th has the tropical frozen fruit purees? (specifically the passion fruit and lulo, the two I use the most) That is useful info. I've never seen them there, but i've also never looked. They don't carry them at my met food on smith (at least, not that I know of.)
I was in there this morning--so I looked! They had passionfruit, coconut (really grated fresh, not a puree), mango, pineapple, tamarind, soursop, guanabana.
And while you're in their frozen food aisle, get yourself a loaf of this Irish wholewheat bread they've brought in. It makes the BEST toast.
The Key Foods on Myrtle Avenue in Ridgewood has undergone at least two renovations in the last four years and is now a halfway decent supermarket for its size—at least when it comes to non-produce items (I go to Valentino's on Fresh Pond Rd. for that usually).
Maybe Key Foods realized they had to step up their game given the competition out there. I don't know.
Anyway, they now have a pretty good selection of Goya products as well as Eastern European items. Prices are better than Stop & Shop plus there's parking (if needed).
It will never have as much authentic fun ethnic stuff as Parrot Coffee Grocery (Bulgarian), Muncan (Romanian by way of Croatia) or Morscher's (German by way of Slovenia) nor can it compete with the variety of items found in the mammoth Food Bazaar nearby on Wyckoff Avenue but it ain't too shabby either.
Glendale is hungry...
Muncan Food Corp.
60-86 Myrtle Ave, Queens, NY 11385
58-22 Myrtle Ave, Queens, NY 11385
Morscher's Pork Store
58-44 Catalpa Ave, Queens, NY 11385
454 Wyckoff Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11385
66-64 Fresh Pond Rd, Queens, NY 11385
60-16 Myrtle Ave, Queens, NY 11385