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Chobani passion fruit yogurt?

Berkeley Bowl used to carry this but dropped that flavor. Is it regularly available anywhere else between Berkeley and Fremont, SF and San Mateo, or around Palo Alto?

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  1. Target in Fremont (Pacific Commons) has it most of the time when I go, but they do run out (it's a hot commodity!)

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    1. re: marilees

      passionfruit yogurt of any brand is a hot commodity.

    2. Fresh n easy in Mountain View had it today!

      1. Draeger's in Menlo Park has it.

        1. Piazza's in San Mateo also.

          1. I'd never bought this brand of yogurt, so this thread caught my eye. In the absence of passion fruit, I bought pomegranate (a fruit I quite like and not so run of the mill).

            To say it was terrible is to speak in understatement. Cough syrup comes to mind. I'm assuming passion fruit is better.

            But it calls up a larger question.

            In at least some other countries, you go into any food shop; and there are delicious and interesting flavored yogurts. One of my foodie pleasures when I'm in England--right up there with checking out the latest farm-to-table restaurant or street market--is dipping into M&S to grab a rhubarb yogurt.

            But in the U.S., the fruit choices are so limited; and the added sugar content so high, you do best, buying plain and adding your own fruit or jam.

            An entrepreneurial 'hound should do something about this!

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            1. re: sundeck sue

              It can be hard to import foreign yogurts. Le Village (Brisbane) and later the Gourmet Corner (San Mateo) used to import Mamie Nova yogurts from France. I believe Gourmet Corner had to suspend that owing to USDA inspection requirements. I loved them while I could get them and do enjoy trying out interesting flavors while overseas.

              1. re: Peter Yee

                A friend just told me a similar story re, I think, Draegers' importing fabulous French yogurt--her favorites, rhubarb and chestnut--and having to stop because of regs.

                Do you understand what the regulatory issues were? Because it's not that there are no foreign yogurts on the shelves (there are Australian, no?).

                1. re: sundeck sue

                  No. The Noosa brand yoghurt is made in Colorado with Australian cultures. And the Wallaby brand is made in Napa. They're branded "Australian Style."

                  Actually, real Australian is better :)

                  1. re: sundeck sue

                    I believe it had to do with inspection of the factories and certification that they met USDA or FDA health standards for food preparation. Perhaps similar to the issue that arose with importing jamon iberico.

                  2. re: Peter Yee

                    I saw this today.

                    "The Petits Suisses "Petit Monteboug" are back! To reserve them (6$/pack of 6) this weekend, please email info@marketdelices.com or call us at 408-538-0457."


                    1. re: Melanie Wong

                      As far as I know, the Petits Suisses didn't disappear at any of the usual sources. Perhaps because they are considered cheese products? Or the factory that produces them has been approved for export of products to the US?

                2. In the news because of the Olympics so I looked at this brand today; pretty sure this flavor was at Berkeley Andronico's on Shattuck.

                  1. I love passion fruit.

                    In yoghurt, as a juice, as a mousse, on salads, in mixed cocktails, you name it.

                    But as a yoghurt it is hard to find here too.

                    Many stores carry frozen passion fruit pulp, or juice concentrate. I just add some of the pulp to plain yoghurt, stir, blend, and eat. You can add whatever you like to sweeten the taste to your satisfaction.

                    Maracuya, or Maracuja, or just some of the names for the product in Spanish or Portuguese-oriented stores. I've also found it in some Asian stores, under a variety of names.

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                    1. re: SWISSAIRE

                      Twice in the last year I've gone out looking for passionfruit juice for a recipe and come up empty, including at Mi Pueblo. Can you name a specific store in the Oakland area that has it?

                      There are some imported yogurts (Emmi and Liberte come to mind), but as was widely discussed several years ago before Fage production was moved to the US, it's a very complicated process to get yogurt approved for sale in the US.

                      I actually like the Chobani black cherry, but otherwise I usually buy plain and flavor it myself with honey (I have a huge honey collection) or preserves of some kind.

                      1. re: Ruth Lafler

                        I saw Goya frozen passion fruit pulp somewhere, probably Mi Rancho.

                    2. This is a recent thing, right? I used to buy this flavor regularly until about three months ago, when I switched to Fage yogurt. Now I just buy it plain and mix in what I want.

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                      1. re: calumin

                        The Bowl dropped it pretty recently, yes.

                        I wasn't asking for myself, personally I eat yogurt only in tzatziki and the like.

                      2. Just a bit of medical advice regarding Passion Fruit:

                        It is common in some culinary circles to place a few Passion Fruit seeds on top of mousse or cake for decorative display, as in the photo below. I've found this practice continuing in Brasil for decades, in fine restaurants, and even with airline meal desserts.

                        My father travelling with us to Rio one Summer noticed the Passion Fruit pips or seeds on his cake, and asked me if it was mould. I told him it wasn't, but to remove them from his dessert anyway, and enjoy it. He did, but hesitantly.

                        Be advised that they do not digest well, and if ingested, can lead to kidney stones, with long, painful period of renal colic. Just remove them if found with a spoon, and carry on.

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                        1. re: SWISSAIRE

                          People eat them all the time in Australia and Brazil. They're just harmless fiber.

                          1. re: Robert Lauriston

                            Hi Robert -

                            There is soluble and insoluble sources of fiber.

                            Passion Fruit seeds are a highly insoluble source of fiber. somewhat akin to grape seeds, but tougher almost on a Rockwell hardness level.

                            If they pass through the gastro-intestinal tract, that is one consideration, with some serious side effects, like bleeding.

                            If as in fresh juice, they pass through the urinary system, which they will, they can lead to stones.

                            85% of males who are usually affected by urinary stones, and pass stones quietly, without knowing it, unless it is visual. Many male and females do not pass these seeds well, if you may, and have complications as a result.

                            I won't argue the point that many in Australia, Brasil, and Asia consume the fruit interior whole. As I've stated before, I like it eat it and juice it too. I just discard the seeds, and avoid the possibility of a problem later.

                            Up to you.

                            1. re: SWISSAIRE

                              Sorry but your anatomy is way off. Just because you ingest something with juice doesn't mean it goes into a separate "urinary system." Everything goes into your stomach and your intestines where what can be broken down is broken down and absorbed through the walls of the digestive organs, and what can't be broken down (as you claim these seeds can't) passes through. There is no direct connection between your stomach and your kidneys! Kidney stones are not caused by things like seeds getting into your kidneys, either.

                              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                No, I'm sure I attended the right schools, USC School of Medicine being one.

                                Obviously the kidneys developing stones is a little more complex than passing a whole seed. That is an over simplification.

                                The renal system is not independent, or self-contained, away from the digestive system. It deals with waste, or a build-up of waste which can include small particles that you inhale, make tactile or skin contact with, and more commonly that you eat, or drink.

                                Overload the renal system and you have problems. Kidney stones can result from a amongst other causations, digestive problems, and excess digestive waste problems. That includes the ingestion of certain seed derived compounds, derived from stone fruit, or pits.

                                There is a similar analogy here. On another CH thread is a good discussion of the merits and problems associated with the use of High Fructose Corn Syrup, or HFCS, first introduced in foods in 1957.

                                If HFCS were ingested without as you say with " no direct connection between your stomach and your kidneys, and what can't be broken down passes through " there would not be a problem. That would make the Corn Refiner's Industry Association quite happy.

                                But we see the problems, starting in the renal system. Elevated triglycerides, and elevated uric acid levels, followed by type-2 diabetes, obesity, liver dysfunction and cardiovascular disease. This too is a build problem starting with the digestive system, that creates an waste-overload for other related organs, including the liver and kidneys.

                                1. re: SWISSAIRE

                                  Your HFCS example makes no sense to me. Food goes into the digestive system. It is broken down into molecules that are absorbed into the bloodstream -- nothing solid leaves the digestive system. The kidneys filter what's in the blood stream, not what's in the digestive system.

                                  You quite clearly said that "If as in fresh juice, they [referring to passionfruit seeds] pass through the urinary system, which they will, they can lead to stones."

                                  This is physically impossible. Now, if you meant to say that passionfruit seeds have high levels of oxalate, and oxalate is implicated in the formation of kidney stones, then that would make sense, but what you did say was nonsensical and misleading.

                                  1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                    "what you did say was nonsensical and misleading."
                                    As an ex Clinical Professor at the University of Southern California School of Medicine "I resemble that remark"
                                    However USC does ranks #37 below Cal#1 in Graduate English by US News and World Report.

                              2. re: SWISSAIRE

                                In God we trust, all others bring data. Do you have citations? I can't find anything to support your claims.

                                This thread should be split off to General or Not About Food.

                                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                                  Please check on oxalate levels in passion fruit seeds.