Aji Dulce/Caribean Market in Forest Hills/Elmhurst
I tried a few markets around Austin but I can't find Aji Dulce (sweet chili peppers) for a sofrito. Does anyone know a place that usually has them, in forest hills, or close to an E,F,V,R subway stop?
I tried a few places in Jackson Heights, too, around 82nd.
Most hispanic food in Jackson Heights seems South American, and Mexican in Forest Hills. Does anyone know a market that caters more to carribean (Puerto Rico, Cuba) cooking?
While I'm at it does anyone know a place in Queens to get
real pork lard, not the hydrogenated stuff.
Faicco's off West 4th is a long way away.
If you want to grow your own Aji Dulce # 1 plants, go to www.chileplants.com to purchase. They have a $50.00 minimal. The plants are $3.00 each. This is the only site on the web that I know of that sells the plants. I wasn't about to spend $16.00 for 10 seeds on another site. That is extortion.
287 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215
This is a really old thread, we are now into 2014, just wanted to send you updated info that I found AJI DULCE :)
After looking for a couple of years and asking people at the supposed markets that are supposed to carry them but don't know what it is...BATISTA GROCERS at Essex Street Market carries them.
I have a link to where they are on my discussion thread:
They have it by/under the register in a small plastic bin next to the culantro! :)
Id look for a store from a chain like Compare or Bravo that serves the hispanic market. I think there is a Compare on Northern Blvd. You should be able to find lard in the hispanic butchers in Jackson Hts I would think - its pretty common for hispanic stores to sell a less refined, refrigerated product, but you may need to poke around or ask somebody.