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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

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

        --Dommy!

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        1. re: Dommy

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

        2. 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. 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. 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

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

                1. Penzey's in Torrance, or via the Internet.

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                  1. re: ChinoWayne

                    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

                      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. Penzey's Spices
                    21301 Hawthorne Blvd.
                    Torrance
                    #(310)406-3877

                    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.

                    1. 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

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

                        1. re: Jerome

                          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".