Fresh Thai Produce

We are pleased to offer a special deal on select fresh produce essential for Thai cooking. Order separately, or our kit containing 1 lb fresh lemongrass (approx 8 stalks), 8 oz fresh galanga, and two large handfuls (approx 1/2 lb) Thai chile peppers. We pack the produce carefully and ship Mon/Tues/Wed via USPS Priority Mail (2-3 day delivery) to ensure freshness. Occasional delays due to Mother Nature & harvest conditions. Call 888-618-8424 if you need a definite delivery date. Please kindly see pictures and further descriptions below. We also offer Fresh Kaffir Lime Leaves separately in addition to Thai basil, green papaya, shallots, whole fresh tamarind and Thai eggplant.'s fresh Thai produce is recommended by Mark Bittman (New York Times) and was mentioned as a Saveur Magazine Top 8 Christmas Gift.

thai chile galangal, fresh
Fresh Thai produce kit
excellent quality lemongrass (10 stalkes), Thai chile (8 oz), galangal (8 oz), and 2 fresh limes.

includes shipping charge
All items also sold separately (see below)
Please Note: Produce ships via USPS (2-3 Day) so please provide an address that can be used for USPS delivery. If you order only fresh produce, select "$0.00" as shipping charge at checkout (because the price above includes shipping). If you order fresh produce and any other items, you must checkout with "Fedex Ground" as the shipping method, and you will receive the other items separately. Any questions about shipping, if you need a definite delivery date, delivery times, or anything else please call toll free 888-618-THAI.
Fresh Galangal
Nice light color and soft tips. Fresh and fragrant. Visit this link for our tour of a galangal farm. Freezes well in a ziplock, cut into smaller chunks first.
Price includes shipping charge
2 lbs $26.95
1 lb $18.95
Fresh Galangal, 16 oz
Fresh Thai Chiles, 16 oz
You get a combination of fresh galangal and fresh Thai chile peppers.

Price includes shipping charge
Fresh Thai Chile, 16 oz
A nice large pack of either all green, or a combination green & red Thai chiles (depends on avail). Will last a few weeks in the fridge, also freezes well in a ziplock. More info.
includes shipping charge

Fresh Thai Chile, 16 oz
Fresh Lemongrass, 16 stalks
You get a combination of fresh chile and fresh lemongrass.

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Fresh Lemongrass
Get a nice large quantity for generous use, 4 lbs is about 30 stalks. Will keep for weeks in the fridge, or cut into 4 inch pieces and freeze in a ziplock. More info.
Price includes shipping charge
20 stalks $21.95
10 stalks $13.95
Fresh Limes, 20 ct
We carefully select fresh, true limes with thin skin and high juice content. You get approximately 20 limes.
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Fresh Limes, 20 ct
Fresh Red Thai Chile, 16 oz
You get a combination of 20 fresh limes and 16 oz fresh red Thai chiles
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Fresh Thai Eggplant
green papaya, fresh Fresh Green Papaya, 3-4 lb oz via 2-3 Day Shipping
We are pleased to offer good quality fresh green papaya, perfect for making Thai Papaya Salad, "Som Tum". The papaya has light green flesh (see pictures below). We will ship you one papaya, protected to ensure good arrival, and sent via 2 Day shipping. Size varies a bit, but the papaya will weigh between 3-4 lbs, and yields 3 to 4 cups of shredded papaya. Product of Mexico. Highly perishable and should be shredded immediately after arrival. Soak shredded papaya in salt water for a few hours, drain and store in sealed container in fridge for longest keeping.
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Fresh Shallots, 16 oz via 2-3 Day Shipping
We are pleased to offer good quality fresh Chinese shallots, which are small and very tasty. The outer skin is brown like a normal onion, but peel back two layers and see the rich purple color of the inner layers. The white flesh of the onion is succulent. Shallots are used in a wide variety of Thai recipes found in our recipe section. We will ship you 16 oz (about two large handfulls), protected to ensure good arrival, and sent via 2 Day shipping. Size varies a bit, but they are generally 1-2 inches long, and the outer layer may show a bit of greying which is not uncommon for shallots, and is easily removed then you can use the inner flesh. Do not refrigerate, set on counter and use within 7-10 days.
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We now offer Thai Betel Leaves used to make miang kham, a delicious Thai recipe. The leaves are known in Thai as bai cha-phloo. Click here for more info.
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Fresh Kaffir Limes
Kaffir lime peel is loaded with a fragrant citrus oil, and the flavor of the fruit is overwhelming if eaten fresh. The kaffir lime tree is grown and harvested mainly for the leaves which are a staple in Thai cooking, but the tree doesn't produce many of these limes. As kaffir limes aren't eaten fresh, and there's limited use for them, our grower typically strips the trees of all fruit each year to promote growth of the leaves. This year however we kept fruit on a few trees and now it's been harvested. The fruit not only looks excellent but the culinary appeal is perfect: fragrant, strong citrus flavor. Put a slice of the bitter peel in your mouth and your lips get a tingling sensation of citrus unlike anything you've tasted.

Kaffir lime peel is used to make Thai curry paste, by pounding it together with other ingredients in a mortar and pestle. Notice from the pictures the nice thick, white fleshy peel. This is loaded with citrus flavor and aroma. A classic Thai dish that uses kaffir limes, whole, in soup is Khanom Jin. It's also used to make candy.

Kaffir limes are used extensively in aromatherapy. Some massage oils, natural shampoos, and various herbal products call for kaffir limes but the scarcity of this fruit makes it difficult to prepare authentic versions.

Thinly-sliced, these are an excellent substitute for the kaffir lime leaves. If you are concerned about delivery date and please call us toll free 1-888-618-8424 to discuss. More information about kaffir lime fruit here.

Each lime is approx 1-1.5" diameter, and weighs 1 oz. We'll ship your fresh limes separately via USPS Priority Mail, upgrading to 2 day service at no extra charge. Grown in USA.

12 Kaffir Limes via Priority Shipping
Special Order Fresh Produce. The following are available on a seasonal and/or special order basis.
Rambutan Turmeric
Thai Cafe Kit. A thoughtful mix of fresh Thai herbs with ingredients to make a delicious authentic tom yum soup, tom kha soup, Thai green curry and red curry. Expedited to your door via 2 day shipping to ensure fresh delivery (upgraded at no charge). You'll also be able to make quite a few servings of other Thai recipes. This is a great value and will have you cooking healthy Thai meals right away. Checkout with Fedex Ground but we'll upgrade it to expedited 2 day at no extra charge.
4 stalks fresh lemongrass 1 Tra Chang fish sauce
20 kaffir lime leaves 4 oz fresh Thai chiles
3 8.5 oz all natural coconut milk 1 green curry paste (Hand brand)
1 chile paste prik pao 1 red curry paste (Hand brand)
1 ground Thai chiles 1 Amazing Elephant Tom Kha
Thai Cafe Kit. $30.95
Thai Cafe Kit with 5 lb Jasmine Rice. $37.95
Please Note: Fresh produce ships weekly but there are occasional delays due to Mother Nature. If you order only fresh produce, select "$0.00" as shipping charge at checkout (because the price above includes shipping). If you order fresh produce and any other items, you must checkout with "Fedex Ground" as the shipping method, and you will receive the other items separately. Any questions please feel free to call toll free 888-618-THAI especially if you have a required delivery date.
Lemongrass, or citronella root, is the reason Thai and Vietnamese dishes often have a compelling flavor that's not exactly lemon, but a subtle lemon perfume. It is sold by the stalk which resembles a green onion. Serving tips: Use the portion of the white base up to where the leaves begin to branch. If slightly dry, soak in warm water to rehydrate. Shred or finely slice and add to soups, curry dishes, and sauces for seafood. More information about lemongrass.
Thai Basil, or "horapa" in Thai, has a unique flavor unlike other traditional basil such as Italian. The aroma is stronger, has a sweeter, peppery flavor and comes with hearty purple stems. Often eaten fresh, a great garnish to eat fresh with anything!
Kaffir lime leaves add an unmistakable, refereshing taste that is essential in many Thai soups & curries. The combination of lemongrass and lime leaves is a fantastic blast of flavor. The leaves have a strong fragrance and flavor that can not really be substituted. To experience the wonderful aroma, sliver the leaves with a knife or scissors and you'll begin to understand just how wonderful this plant is. Kaffir lime leaves grow in doubles. Sizes vary, but the average individual leaf is approx 2" long. Harvesting is done by hand and it's difficult because the branches have long thorns, so they tend to be expensive and not easily found in supermarkets. Our kaffir lime leaves are strong hearty and fresh. They freeze very well-just place in a ziplock bag & they'll retain their flavor for months. No need to defrost, just use as normal.
Thai chile peppers (Prik ki nu). Also known as birdseye chile peppers, these are small and one of the strongest varieties available. Used in many Thai soups and curries (if you browse our recipe section, you'll find that almost every recipe calls for this product). Our chile peppers have excellent shelf life if refrigerated, and fresh green stems.
Fresh galangal (kha) More about galangal here. This root has a shiny, thin skin and is a relative of ginger but with a much more pungent and fiery flavor. Galanga is native to the cuisines of Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia. It is an important ingredient with lemon grass, chile peppers, shallots, and garlic for Thai curry pastes and soups. Use it sliced and minced to add flavor to stir-frys. Prepare first by scraping off any large protrusions or uneven pieces. Be careful not to use too much galangal, as it can overpower the taste of a dish. Fresh galangal freezes well. We also offer dried galangal.

Comments About Our Fresh Thai Produce

November 7th, 2007 7:14 PM

Kathryn in Bend, Oregon said:

I am so thrilled with the products I received this week.  I have followed two of your recipes and both were outstanding.  Your packaging of the products for shipping shows great care and conscientiouness.  Everything I ordered was far superior and at a better price than I can find locally, even factoring in the shipping.  I have told everyone I come into contact with who loves Thai and Indian food about your site.  The produce manager in Safeway was thrilled to learn that he could order the ingredients for himself because he loves Thai food. The conversation was initiated because Safeway, in a town of 75,000 people didn't have Thai chilis.  For 3 hours I went to grocery stores, and none of them had Thai chilis. rocks.  It's just that simple.  As an entrepeneur myself, I know you have worked very hard to accomplish such a great business.  I am so glad you had the guts to start this venture.  By the way, since I have been eating Thai food using your recipes, I have lost 5 lbs.  Now THAT'S a testimonial!

Thanks for being there, Kathryn
PS... I shipped from your site ingredients for Pad Thai noodles to my daugher in Boulder, CO.  She will be talking too!

July 12th, 2008 9:49 PM

Bob in Stuart, Florida said:

I am addicted to your site!!! First, I ordered a fresh produce package with chiles, lemon grass, and lime leaves. Next, I ordered the carbon steel wok, and I have been using this for almost everything, including some excellent curries. I then ordered a selection of the knives, including the set of four sharp point knives, the fruit knife set, the mango peeler, and the large round point chef knife. I took one of the small knives on my last fishing trip, and they were so effective on cutting bait, that I just ordered 2 more sets for my friends! I try to hide the orders from my wife who thinks I'm nuts, but I think your site is awesome! As the Terminator once said "I'll be back!"

August 4th, 2008 1:12 PM

Patra said:

Thank you for your promptness, but mostly for your selection. I now work in small town eastern Texas where not very good soy sauce is considered exotic. When I discovered I could order kaffir leaves, fresh lemongrass, good bird chilis, etc. (I'm sorry I eat sortof Thai but am language incompetent (my late husband spoke fluent Thai as well as German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Greek, Russian, and I'm told pretty good Arabic (he spoke it I'm told with a French accent). so I realize I'm not calling them by the correct name, but yours have wonderful flavor. I am introducing my new neighbors to the fact that some eastern food is a bit spicy but mostly it's aromatic and tasty. Thank you for getting my order to me so I can show off on Labor Day Picnic. I don't pretend that I can really cook authentic tasting foods but with the help of your supplies my friends are getting a hint of how wonderful Thai (and other eastern foods) can be. I will certainly continue to order.

September 5th, 2008 5:40 PM

Andy Taylor said:

The produce arrived yesterday and it is A++ quality. The galagal is great the lime leaves superb and thanks for throwing in the bag of peppers. Let's stay in touch and thanks again for providing a great product at a great price

October 24th, 2008 9:35 AM

Melanie Netsawang said:

Wow!I was in Chicago last time and i didnt know where to buy these thai stuff so i will survive next time when i come to the US.I studied at bangkok uni as well.I am looking forward to use your service when i move to Chicago.

February 17th, 2009 8:18 AM

Anonymous said:

I always buy your large robust lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves..They are such nice quality and freeze beautifull

February 16th, 2009 10:03 AM

John E - Chicago said:

Just got back from Bangkok. This site is amazing. Already hating my old Thai delivery place.

July 1st, 2009 6:05 AM

khanitha Chittangurn Donlan. said:

Sawasdee Kah . I am addicted to your site . I'm from Bangkok and stay in Colorado with my husband now ,I'm so happy to have the Thai food website ,because around my town , it do not have the thai asian store so when I want to eat spicy food , I drove to the mexican shop or resturant .So anyway thanks.

July 11th, 2009 5:37 PM

Sandy said:

Thanks for having this site. My mom is from Thailand and she lives in Sacto, California, so she can get this stuff any time she wants. I now live in a small town in Needless to say, I couldn't cook any of the dishes that she taught me how to make without the existence of this site. Thank you very much. /bow/

December 13th, 2009 1:29 PM

Albany area, NY said:

I must admit that I was nervous about ordering fresh produce over the Web, but I was very pleased when I opened the package! The Thai Basil that I had ordered was well packaged, and was so fresh it looked like I just picked it out of my garden. Since my upstate NY garden will not have its own supply of basil until July, you can bet that I will be ordering again. Thanks for providing such nice quality produce.

December 14th, 2009 9:05 PM

Beth in Jackman, Maine said:

I live in Maine, and ONLY order from IMPORT FOOD now. I have never had a bad experience ~ pricing is great, availability is good, delivery is exceptional ~ but your AWESOME SERVICE ROCKS!!! It only takes placing an order to find out what a wonderful company you are. I also appreciate the recipes and instructions on preparing some of your dishes, and highlighting the ingredients available through your website. I have even made/used several of your recipes to serve in the Deli at my store (B & R'S MOOSE MART) on special occasions. Keep up the good work and Merry Christmas!

December 16th, 2009 9:09 AM

Todd in NewWestminster said:

Hello from Vancouver B.C. Canada. My wife is an amazing cook. We have not been able to find Kiwi brand knives. Then we found your site. Troi oi. You have the best stuff. We have purchased several knives from you. Thank you for your help.

December 18th, 2009 7:01 PM

Toni in Florida said:

Thank you for your wonderful site. I'm a California native. I spent the last 12 years of my life in San Francisco, CA where there is a wide variety of authentic asian cuisines - Thai being one of my favorites (especially extra spicy Tom Yum Tofu). I recently (temporarily) re-located to Sarasota, FL where there is an absence of all things asian, delicious and vegetarian. Thanks to your site, I've been able to re-create some of my favorite Thai dishes. When I move back to SF, I will go back to the restaurants occasionally, but thanks to your site, now I can make a few things on my own at home.

January 27th, 2010 4:49 PM

Christopher Fritz said:

I love buying from your site. I wish you carried Tarot root. I cannot find it any produce stores in Western Maryland / Panhandle of West Virginia.

February 26th, 2010 7:44 PM

Dawn said:

I entertained my freinds last night with some of the items that I ordered from you , the evening was a complete success. Living in a small ski town makes getting exotic items hard to find. Thanks for your excellent service. You can be assured that I will continue to order from your site.

June 8th, 2010 11:17 AM

Debbie said:

We live in the NE Georgia Mountains, 2 hours away from any major shopping. My sister in law lives in Central Florida and is from Thailand. She has taught me how to make Pad Thai and Spring Rolls w/peanut sauce. She is a fabulous cook and for my husband's birthday they gave him a beautful electric wok and everything we needed to make these dishes. When I needed rice noodles, fish sauce, clam paste, etc. it was too much to ask her to send it to me. I am so glad that I found your web site. I've placed and received my "1st" order and the packaging was great and delivery prompt. I am ready now to learn many new recipes. Thank you!

October 9th, 2010 6:49 AM

Kristi in Iowa said:

I have now received several orders of various produce, and I am EXTREMELY PLEASED!!! Everything has always arrived quickly, it's safely packaged and wonderfully fresh. I recently received the Kaffir limes - they are absolutely glorious! Thank you for having fantastic products and top-notch a world where both are hard to find!

October 18th, 2010 5:29 PM

Tom H said:

Beautifully fresh kaffir lime leaves. Much nicer than the ones I occasionally get at the local Thai grocery store in Chicago when they do have them in. And the Hand Made brand Red Curry is the best I have had. Usually use Mae Ploy but not any more. Like that it comes with 2 smaller packs. Thanks for the info on how to steam rice the traditional way in a domed top steamer (need that dome to keep the condensation from dripping onto the top of the cooking rice). Really more fun than pulling out the electric rice cooker.

November 9th, 2010 5:36 PM

Jay Gill said:

I love the site and order regularly. I'm looking for fresh or dried curry leaves. Yes it's true I'm branching out to Sri Lankan and Indian food. The great thing about places like Import Food is I can eat any cusine I can cook!!!! Yummm.

November 17th, 2010 11:21 PM

Lewanda in Virginia said:

Thank you for providing such great products, recipes and videos. I've ordered from you several times and the experience has always been pleasant. And thanks again for offering shipping to APO addresses.

November 19th, 2010 9:02 AM

Jonathan said:

Hello...I recently was in Thailand for the 3rd time and enjoy their freshly squeezed orange juice. I noticed that the oranges are diffrent from here in the U.S. I was wondering if there was any chance of getting those same oranges from Thailand so I may make my own freshly squeezed juice.

August 16th, 2011 10:21 PM

Michele said:

I've ordered fresh kaffir lime leaves and Thai chile peppers because I can not find them where I live. They arrive quickly and in excellent shape! I can not make a good Tom Yum soup without the Kaffir lime leaves, it adds that piquant flavor that I can't get when using lime juice. Thank you!!!

November 25th, 2013 07:33 PM

JimR said:

Just received my 2nd order of fresh lemon grass and kaffir lime leaves. By far fresher than ANY I have seen in any market in the Los Angeles, CA and San Antonio, TX areas. I love and recommend it frequently. Thank you for making my wife and I's Thai food dreams a regular reality in our home.

January 28th, 2014 10:13 PM

Kellie said:

I was soooo happy to find your website! I've already been a walking talking advertisement for you! My perishables look just fine, and, kudos for knowing how to package items for shipping! You could teach Amazon a thing or two! Oh, and, you have one if the best, well organized, user friendly websites ever!! It is really easy to navigate! Next time I order, I may just meet you somewhere along front street and pick up my order! Lol! Thanks again and have a great day!

March 7th, 2015 07:07 AM

Alec said:

Hi, I just received a shipment of Kaffir Lime leaves.  They are beautiful and smell fantastic!  I vacuum seal them and they are just as delicious the rest of they year as they are now.  Thank you so much.

January 16th, 2016 03:08 PM

Michael said:

Just received my fresh Thai chiles. Wow! Best quality I've ever purchased. The other items I ordered are fabulous. Most are hard to find, if not impossible, even in Portland, OR. Fantastic packaging too! Thank you!.

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