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Seeking sources for fresh chilies

A.A. Aug 21, 2006 09:48 PM

Hi all---

I'm searching for Boston area sources that regularly have a good variety of fresh chilies in stock. I'm specifically looking for fresh chilies used in Mexican and South American dishes.

I expected to not have any luck searching local grocery stores for more exotic peppers such as rocoto, mirasol, or other "aji" chilies, but I'd have thought that certain varieties, such as fresh Anaheim chilies, would be easy to locate--- not so much. I usually see only the standard jalapenos, serranos, habaneros, and (usually) poblanos.

If someone could point me in the direction of a decent supermarket, ethnic grocer, or farmer's market in the Boston area that could help me out, I'd really appreciate it. Failing that, I'd be willing to hear recommendations for a good online vendor (though I assume that would be more expensive.)


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    ashwood RE: A.A. Aug 21, 2006 10:11 PM

    get off the t at maverik on the blue line. there are a whole bunch of mexican grocers there. you should be able to find just about anything.

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      NoShoGrl RE: A.A. Aug 22, 2006 12:42 AM

      try tu y yo restaurant on broadway in somerville, i think they sell all kinds

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        Velda Mae RE: A.A. Aug 22, 2006 02:10 AM

        I've found Anaheim chiles at Whole Foods in Newtonville and at Shaw's in Newtonville. Russo's also has a wide selection of chiles. The Super 88 Market also stocks a wide variety of chiles and increasingly is carrying products for Mexican and South American cooking, so you may want to check them out as well.

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          cweingarten RE: A.A. Aug 22, 2006 04:56 PM

          Finding fresh chilies is near impossible in Boston. HI-LO in JP has every kind of dried chili (including the ones you mentioned).

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            BobB RE: cweingarten Aug 22, 2006 05:56 PM

            Agreed, fresh is going to be tough. Even in my own garden I've only got jalapeƱos, cayennes, and habaƱeros (anybody need some fresh cayennes? I've got a bumper crop this year!)

            La Internacional grocery in Union Sq Somerville is another good source for many types of dried ones.

          2. gini RE: A.A. Aug 22, 2006 05:37 PM

            I saw fresh chilis at Verrill Farms in Concord yesterday, but didn't manage to catch which varieties they were.

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              Bostonbob3 RE: A.A. Aug 22, 2006 06:43 PM

              I've seen fresh habeneros, jalapenos, red padis, and a few others at the Haymarket. Perhaps not the most pleasant shopping experience in town, but still...

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                tamerlanenj RE: A.A. Aug 22, 2006 06:50 PM

                Even my local Shaws (Prudential) has fresh habaneros, jalapenos, cayennes, serranos, poblanos, and thai chiles.

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                  Bostonbob3 RE: tamerlanenj Aug 22, 2006 06:57 PM

                  Yeah, but at Shaws they don't curse and spit at you. :)

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                  cweingarten RE: A.A. Aug 23, 2006 01:52 PM

                  Bob, yeah, I'll take some habaneros. I make habanero-mango salsa.

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