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Aji Dulce/Caribean Market in Forest Hills/Elmhurst

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liric2 Apr 25, 2006 07:57 PM

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.

TIA

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    jen kalb Apr 25, 2006 09:52 PM

    nose around the mexican and south american groceries and butchers - I have seen plastic tubs of lard in such places in brooklyn - they must exist in queens, too. European (german, italian, polish etc) butchers carry it frequently too, tho maybe less than in the past.

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      squinchy Apr 26, 2006 03:34 PM

      I feel like I've seen these at the met food on 37th ave and 77th st(tho their resemblance to haberneros is, shall we say, muy peligroso.) They do have recao at the met food so it stands to reason they'd have the aji dulce.
      Good luck!

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        debra markart Nov 4, 2010 05:15 AM

        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.

        Debra Markart

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        Aji
        287 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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          VNZAVNZA2014 Jan 11, 2014 09:18 PM

          liric2,

          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:

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9306...

          They have it by/under the register in a small plastic bin next to the culantro! :)

          1. EricMM Jan 12, 2014 08:18 AM

            I see them occasionally in various supermarkets, (maybe Met Food, occasionally others) usually sold simply as "Spanish" peppers. They are smaller and squatter than habanero's.

            1. jen kalb Jan 12, 2014 03:38 PM

              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.

              Good luck!

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                saria Jan 12, 2014 08:26 PM

                Trade Fair always has them. So do many small grocery stores around Queens where there is any sort of Hispanic population.

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