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Jan 20, 2002 11:31 AM

Mexican Groceries/Masa Source

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Where can I buy fresh masa and corn husks in Boston. I don't have a car, so I need to find a place that's accessible on public transportation.


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  1. I'd love to find a place for fresh masa, so I hope someone chimes in. I've seen corn husks at a store in Somerville called La Traditionale. They had a good selection of Latin foods (Salvadoran, Columbian, etc.), and I was able to find a lot of Mexican ingredients (good quality dried chilis, Ibarra chocolate, posole, queso fresco, horchata, etc.)

    I still haven't found a great Mexican store - I'm especially looking for fresh tortillas and Mexican chorizo. The link below has some good resources for Latin grocery stores with directions for the T. (It's how I found out about La Traditionale). Scroll down half-way to "Mexican Food Products". Will you please let me know if you get to try any of them? Good Luck!


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    1. re: Rubee

      Thanks so much, Rubee. I'll definitely check those locations out.

      1. re: Rubee

        I always pass a place RIGHT off Melnea Cass, called El Tropicale, or Tropicale foods, something like that..It sems to be a grocery store(w/parking!!) and it always seems thronged...I keep meaning to stop in, but I'm usually in too much of a rush to get to Super 88..One of these days, I'll try it, and report..

      2. I don't know about the fresh masa, but Stop and Shop in Malden has corn husks. In fact, they have quite a large selection of international food products. There is also a Mexican grocery in Waltham although I have not been there.

        1. The only place that might have what you are looking for is Tropical Foods on Washington Street just on the out of town side of Melinea Cass Boulevard. It is a latin american grocery store. I had employee who was Puerto Rican who told me about it. It has a bunch of interesting stuff but I am not sure about corn husks or masa harina. Good Luck and let me know if you find what you need either here or my email.

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          1. re: AGM/Cape Cod

            Ah!! That's the one I meant!!

          2. I dont want to become a Mexican grocery store- but here at El Pelon we would be happy to help you find whatever you are looking for- Corn husks are easy- but fresh masa....hmmmm there is a tortilla company in JP they might know-