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Whole nutmeg

ii2big Aug 10, 2006 10:48 PM

Can someone please tell me where I can get whole nutmeg in Los Angeles. Perferably near Glendale or Burbank. Is this something that the grocery store will carry? Maybe Trader Joe's? TIA

  1. Chowpatty Aug 10, 2006 10:49 PM

    Yes, it should be available pretty much anywhere. I'm still using some I got at a Mexican market a few years ago...wonder how long it lasts?

    1. Bob Brooks Aug 10, 2006 10:55 PM

      You might try Cost Plus. Last time I ran out, I had a rather difficult time locating whole nutmeg. Finally settled for the ground stuff from Trader Joe's.

      Surprisingly, it's very good. Very potent and fresh tasting.

      1. Dommy Aug 10, 2006 10:57 PM

        If you have an Indian/Middle Eastern Market nearby, they are GREAT places to get whole spices. :)


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        1. re: Dommy
          sweetTooth Aug 11, 2006 01:41 AM

          I heartily second that. These spices are also way cheaper at Indian markets: bay leaves, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves, cumin.. you name it.

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          revets2 Aug 10, 2006 11:05 PM

          you don't have to go gourmet to get whole nutmeg, but living in bur/gln middle east markets will carry, but so will vons, ralphs, and whole foods.

          1. frankiii Aug 10, 2006 11:07 PM

            I can find it in my hometown and if they stock it in the gorcery store in baton rouge, louisiana then i have to imagine it is widely available in the other LA. Mine was packaged by McCromick so it pretty much should be everywhere

            1. DanaB Aug 10, 2006 11:17 PM

              I've never had any problem finding whole nutmegs in the Los Angeles area. Last time I bought them was at the Gelson's in Silverlake. I'm 99.99% sure you'll be able to find them at Whole Foods in Glendale, and probably also at Vons.

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              1. re: DanaB
                ii2big Aug 10, 2006 11:28 PM

                I didn't think that the supermarkets would have it; but I called Ralphs in Glendale and they said they carry it. Once again, chowhound lends a helping hand. This place is awesome. Thanks again.

              2. t
                tuckychica Aug 10, 2006 11:26 PM

                Yes most regular supermarkets have whole nutmeg...look for the "Spice Islands" or "Spice Hunter" brand

                1. ChinoWayne Aug 10, 2006 11:59 PM

                  Penzey's in Torrance, or via the Internet.

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                  1. re: ChinoWayne
                    Debbie W Aug 11, 2006 12:10 AM

                    Yes, I got a bag of 6 whole nutmegs at Penzey's. It wasn't very expensive either. I'll probably never use that much in the next 10 years! I don't really like nutmeg, but some recipes do call for it.

                    1. re: Debbie W
                      liu Aug 11, 2006 12:21 AM

                      I just bought the large bag of whole nutmegs from Penzey's this past weekend and this is why Penzey's was on my mind!

                      Nutmeg is wonderful on tapioca pudding from Costco!

                  2. liu Aug 11, 2006 12:08 AM

                    Penzey's Spices
                    21301 Hawthorne Blvd.

                    It is REALLY worth the field trip. But if you don't want to go there, you can call in an order or you can check them out on line: www.penzeys.com One of the nice things about them -- besides everything! -- is that you can purchase small quantities.

                    My favorite item there is their Extra Fancy Vietnamese Cassia Cinnamon.

                    If nothing else, call and order their catalog; it contains very good spice information along with many recipes.

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                      ladelfa Aug 14, 2006 07:10 PM

                      Any supermarket with a Latino clientle will have this. Like all the other spices, they'll come in a cellophane packet hanging on a wall display. Expect to pay about a buck for three or four whole nutmegs.

                      If you need more than that, go to India Sweets and Spices on Los Feliz Blvd in Atwater Village.

                      If you buy them at Gelsons instead you'll most certainly get ripped off.

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                      1. re: ladelfa
                        Jerome Aug 15, 2006 06:48 AM

                        I think the Spanish is nuez moscada. but check it out yourselves.

                        1. re: Jerome
                          Das Ubergeek Aug 15, 2006 03:13 PM

                          It is.

                          Beware when buying cinnamon though -- in Spanish, there's no way to distinguish between canela and cinnamon. Cinnamon (well, 98% of what's sold as cinnamon in this country) is the hard bark of the cassia tree; canela is the soft bark underneath and has a much warmer, much less spicy flavour. In Spanish they're both called "canela".

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