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Pea Shoots - where to buy?

redhead Aug 15, 2006 03:42 PM

Does anyone know where to buy pea shoots in the downtown area? I am assuming some of the higher end grocery stores would carry them, but would love to avoid searching more than I have to...

  1. pescatarian Aug 15, 2006 03:53 PM

    I don't know where exactly, but I'm sure that you would be able to find them at St. Lawrence Market. I would also think that Whole Foods Market would have them.

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      pimentdespelette Aug 15, 2006 04:09 PM

      Downstairs in the St. Lawrence Market there's a shop that sells pretty much nothing but sprouts and shoots. I'd imagine they have 'em.

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        ersatz Aug 15, 2006 04:43 PM

        I've seen them at Galleria (Korean supermarket in North York).

        Does anyone know what happened to Super Sprouts downtown?

        1. thenurse Aug 15, 2006 04:48 PM

          They're also at the Big Carrot on Danforth - not exactly downtown, I know.

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            Crusty Chef Aug 15, 2006 05:43 PM

            You can definitely get them at Uncles George's 416-601-2122, downstairs at the St. Lawrence Market. I buy them there all the time.

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              peppermint pate Aug 15, 2006 06:56 PM

              I think some people may be answering about snow pea "sprouts" rather than snow pea "shoots" which are long, dark green shoots that you stir fry with garlic (had some at Swatow last week - yum!!!). In my experience, Chinatown or Asian grocers are your best bets - I've never seen them at Whole Foods and while they sometimes sell them at Harvest Wagon, they haven't had them there for months.

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              1. re: peppermint pate
                pinstripeprincess Aug 15, 2006 07:31 PM

                i agree with peppermint pate, any chinese grocer will have them in abundance. i think they're my favourite leafy vegetable by far!

              2. redhead Aug 15, 2006 08:23 PM

                Yes, that's correct - I was thinking of the pea shoots vs. the sprouts (tho I like those as well)..I will check out the Chinese grocery stores in my area..I actually didn't realize they were associated with Asian style cooking..I'll ride over to St. Lawrence this weekend and check them out too..thanks for the info!

                1. Kagemusha Aug 16, 2006 12:42 AM

                  Funny but I always connect pea shoots with late spring/early summer when peas are in season locally. That's when I get 'em at the early days of the annual farmers' markets around the GTA. Off-season shoots I've had have been pricey and very stringy. They don't seem to travel well. You might also look for "water spinach" or "tong cai" around the E. Asian markets--another green that does well with a quick stir fry.

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                    starvin Aug 16, 2006 01:12 AM

                    I've bought them at "Meat in the Beach"....Queen St. E/Woodbine Ave.

                    1. The Boss Aug 16, 2006 11:00 PM

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