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Oct 16, 2013 09:26 AM

What Fruits and Vegetables would you love to get your hands on reliably?

Eggplant & Bok Choy are two that I find expensive to track down locally (and if I do they look worse for wear!)

Is there any you'd love to see available/higher quality? Because I'd be willing to pay more for bok choy that didn't look like it was dropped on the grocery store floor and trampled. (I'm looking at you! You know which supermarket you are!)

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  1. Longsat and pulasan are impossible to source stateside; I've only came across it a handful of times (and I bought up everything each time I saw it hehe).

    sapodilla and strawberry papaya is a bit harder to source commercially, but available.

    1. Good berries all year 'round.

      Good rappi all year 'round.

      Ditto avocados. It's the curse of living in the Northeast. Coises!

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      1. re: pinehurst

        Yup- and I would add tomatoes to that list- my local farmers market still had a few last week- but they will be gone soon- and I will probably not be able to find another tomato until next summer! I have been gorging on them since July!

        1. re: macca

          Oh good lord, yes. When I think of the waxy tomatoes they'll lob at us in the winter....shudder...

            1. re: treb

              It's hard to resist but yes tasteless

            2. re: pinehurst

              Yep, winter tomatoes in the northeast look like they need a transfusion. I skip 'em and only make things where I can used canned.

          1. re: pinehurst

            I second the berries, I have to resist buying them in fall/winter when I know they are destined to be awful.

            1. re: pinehurst

              Regarding avocados, are you near any Mexican/Central American markets?

              Or, if you're in NYC, how about those vegetable vendors in Manhattan, and to a lesser extent Queens/Brooklyn? They may not be good stuff year-round, but they're present.

              1. re: BuildingMyBento

                Yes, and no; I'm in Mass, and we have a huge Dominican population in my community, so Dominican (and other Caribbean) produce is more available now than in, say, 1990. Like people who lament the waxy tomatoes we get during the winter, the avocados are around, but they get pricey, kind of wooden, and pitifully small at certain times of the year. You're right, though...sometimes, any port in a storm.

            2. I seem to see consistent-looking bok choy at Wegmans. If you have a local Asian grocery store around they probably also have a fresh, quickly-rotating stock

              1. Mine are mostly Asian vegetables:

                Water spinach (hollow heart)
                Sweet potato greens
                Taiwanese cabbage – more tender than the US version
                Taiwanese broccoli/cauliflower hybrid
                Pea shoots

                And weird varieties of red, green, brown, purple and yellow tomatoes.

                    1. re: linguafood

                      Hellz yes to tomatoes. Good ripe red ones all the year round - right there in the grocery store. No extra 15 minute drive to the farmer's market, no more hard, white-ish, tasteless slices. I'd have to move states for this fantasy to come true.

                      And potatoes. The groceries around here carry exactly two kinds - brown and red. No variety.

                      1. re: NonnieMuss

                        In Sri Lanka, I only ever found brown. Onions, there were only ever one kind - red. I feel your pain.