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Where to find yellow watermelon?

My husband wants yellow watermelon for his birthday gift this year. Anyone know where I can find it in LA?

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  1. I bought one a few years ago from Ralphs. Had no idea yellow watermelon existed. I cut it open and freaked out.

      1. Santa Monica or Hollywood farmers markets…and they don't taste very different.

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        1. re: wienermobile

          That was one thing I was very disappointed in. I remember having yellow watermelon in Taiwan as a wee lad and it tasted very different than red watermelon. As an adult, I tried some yellow watermelon from here and it wasn't that different. I don't think my taste buds have changed that much, maybe the variety isn't the same here as in Taiwan, or maybe they've been cultivated to the point where they taste similar to red. If so; dear lord why?!

          1. re: TheOffalo

            It's definitely different.

            Even the red ones.

            Best childhood memories of Taiwan? Gnawing on fresh sugarcane stalks.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              Amazing to see just how many L.A. 'Hounds spent at least some part of their childhood in Taiwan...

              1. re: J.L.

                Roadside beef noodle soup.

                Totally OG.

                Taiwanese taxi drivers?

                Betel nuts. Chew. Spit. Repeat.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Dou jiang / sao bing / yeoteow carts.

                  Betel nut girls.

                  1. re: J.L.

                    Betel nut girls.

                    Why does that sound worse than hentai.

                    1. re: J.L.

                      How funny you should mention those (the first 3). I'm not normally a fan of Taiwanese food, but those are some of my fav breakfast items (well, fan tuan more than yeoteow by itself).

                      1. re: ilysla

                        Not to speak for J.L., but I think he meant to have those 3 items together. The crullers as filling for the sao bing, and the dou jiang to wash it all down with.

                        At least that's what I would do.

                        As soon as I finish my bag of betel nuts. And the girls.

                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          The cruellers inside the saobing, chased by hot soymilk. It's the Triple Threat, AKA Taipei KMT Breakfast of (exiled) Champions...

                          I needs to start a Taipei Food Truck.

                          1. re: J.L.

                            I'll bring the betel nuts girls.

                      2. re: J.L.

                        Cold sesame chicken noodle sold in plastic bags next to dou hua 攤 on Sunday morning open market (the original savory-sweet bang-bang); pork blood rice cart -- extra hot sauce, cilantro, peanut powder, easy soy paste; tandoor roasted street yams; loading metal bendung by the dozens into the industrial steamer for lunch; sitting at counter of (then putrid) Shilin on Friday night (no school bitches) downing bowls of 甜不辣, doursed in spicy ketchup (then naively wondering WTF is this worthless Imperial Japanese tempura shit being served in Torrance.)

                        And, walking by the YKK factory to watch domestic flights land at 中山 airport.

                        Try a lil, peoples. Any 2-bit chump can google Taiwanese NRM.

                        1. re: TonyC

                          Boiled in-shell peanuts sold by ride-by street vendors.

                          I remember those metal lunch boxes and steamers in my classroom in first grade. Also the hot food on the train between Taipei and Tainan.

                          1. re: TonyC

                            Eating said reheated biendang at your desk in the classroom when some obasan bursts in with fresh hot lunch for the one Taiwanese kid (who already has a lunchbox, mind you) - And the class watches in salivary envy as a four-course tableside hot lunch service is prepared for that one kid, complete with cut fresh fruit at the end.

                            1. re: J.L.

                              Seriously can't hang w/ you folks! ;) Born in Brooklyn, raised in the SGV.... ;)

                      3. re: J.L.

                        Apparently TonyC's alleged (I haven't seen the post myself) theory on the demographics of CH is holding true at least in part.

                        1. re: J.L.

                          Summers in Rangoon, luge lessons...

                        2. re: ipsedixit

                          Omg yes. That and stuffing myself silly on wax apples.

                          1. re: TheOffalo

                            I also think Taiwanese white rabbit candy is different than US ones.

                            They're better. Obviously.

                    2. Agree with others that taste is pretty much the same. However, when combined with heirloom tomatoes, fresh mint and some crumbled good feta, you will have one colorful, delicious salad. Works as well with red watermelon. Such a good combination of summer flavors.

                      1. My first and only experience of yellow watermelon was probably a experience which is a unfair comparison, I shared some that was brought specially from a farmer's personal batch to his friend who was my friend at a farmer's market. It's been awhile(4 years or so)so I don't remember the flavor's exactly but I remember it being quite different than regular watermelon in the sense that it had the flavor of watermelon but had the sweetness of honeydew.

                        1. Has anyone seen one in LA recently?

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                          1. re: burgerfiend

                            Sorry for derailing your post. As wienermobile said, farmers markets are probably your best bet.

                            1. re: TheOffalo

                              I have seen them at the Saturday mkt. in Pasadena, but I can't say for certain if they're in yet this year. It's not something I look for.

                              1. re: Jack Flash

                                Bought one there this morning! First of the season.

                                1. re: Clyde

                                  M.I.A. in Santa Monica this morning

                            2. re: burgerfiend

                              someone above has already said "supermarket".

                              and by supermarket, s/he means "a supermarket in SGV". yellow watermelons are grown in Mexico now. Not that exotic anymore.

                              1. re: TonyC

                                Hmm I live around 3rd/Fairfax and I have never seen one at any of the supermarkets around here. Which supermarket in SGV would have them? I'm not familiar with that area.

                              2. re: burgerfiend

                                Any 99 Ranch should be carrying them right now. I have even seen them at my local Sprouts. Enjoy!

                              3. At least one vendor, Underwood Farms, at the Pasadena farmers' market yesterday.


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                                1. re: Jack Flash

                                  yep, that's where I got mine. i've also gotten it from them at the hollywood farmers market.

                                  1. i'm not much help cause i live in the valley, about 2 or 3 years ago it was really easy to find them. but since they're not that popular, more pricey and less sweet and tasty, markets don't like to carry them. my family feels sad hence since we do like them.

                                    i have seen them at the hmart in diamond bar. i think last week or the week before they were $.99/lbs. however, they weren't good so my family didn't buy any. someone posted mitsuwa in cm. i saw them last weekend there too. they were really bad so another pass. asked for a whole one and they didn't have any in the back, only what was cut in the front.

                                    in the past, we bought them and taiwanese (they have seeds) ones at hawaii market in sg, but i haven't seen them since. the last time i was at 99 ranch, i didn't see any either. my sprouts (went wed) doesn't carry them either

                                    i think you can try calling torrance mitsuwa if you want to go that route. they may be the closest to you...? it will be the obon festival soon. we bought a whole one one year there. so they may consider getting in again if asked maybe.