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Fresh Calamansi

ForestHillsFresser Jan 23, 2012 01:21 PM

Does anyone know if it is possible to buy fresh calamansi anywhere in Queens/Brooklyn/Staten Island/ or the Bronx? or anywhere in the U.S. for that matter? I don't know if these can legally be imported from the Philippines. Probably have such a short shelf life they wouldn't survive the passage by boat and would be prohibitively expensive to ship by plane.

  1. egit May 2, 2012 11:21 AM

    Bumping this thread...

    Does anyone know of anywhere in NYC to buy fresh Calamansi? Brooklyn is most convenient for me, but will travel. If anyone has seen it in Manhattan, let me know and I'll post this question there too.

    I guess another question might be where are there any Filipino groceries? They would have the best chance of selling the fresh fruit.


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    1. re: egit
      JungMann May 2, 2012 12:01 PM

      I haven't seen the fresh fruit available for purchase before, but if it comes round, you probably won't see it until later in the summertime. I buy my groceries at the Phil-Am Market in Woodside and have only come across the frozen juice. Occasionally I see small trees for sale in Chinatown and I know from experience they're hardy indoors up to zone 5, but I haven't tried growing them in NYC.

      1. re: JungMann
        egit May 2, 2012 01:14 PM

        Thanks for the information, JungMann. Sounds like I may just have to make do with the frozen juice.

    2. Duppie Jan 23, 2012 01:30 PM

      At most Asian markets frozen calamansi juice is available as well as the juice/honey concentrate and dried crystals but I have yet to see fresh. I do have a small plant that has yet to bear fruit but remain hopeful.

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      1. re: Duppie
        ForestHillsFresser Jan 23, 2012 02:34 PM

        Yes, I've purchased the concentrate and the cans of juice, but crave the real McCoy. Keep us posted on your "grove"!

        1. re: ForestHillsFresser
          Duppie Jan 23, 2012 05:45 PM

          I do too but the shipment I brought back last April is gone and next trip is not until December. There's always someone coming back from a visit...call in some favors.

          1. re: ForestHillsFresser
            JungMann Feb 6, 2012 09:20 AM

            The individual packets you can get of frozen juice are not a bad way to tide yourself over. The plants will grow in California and you can definitely get them fresh there. I think I saw calamansi plants available for sale at garden shops in Manhattan last summer, so there might be hope for the East Coast yet.

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