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Herb Shopping--best selection & value

Ora Oct 8, 2006 06:30 PM

I'm making a green seasoning (used in caribbean cooking). It consists of various chopped or pulverized fresh herbs like parsley, cilantro, scallions, oregano etc.

Where is the best place for value-priced, small bunches of fresh herbs? My location preferences are 1) Manhattan, 2) Bronx, 3) lower Westchester, 4) lower Fairfield, in that order.

Thanks for any suggestions!

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  1. rose water RE: Ora Oct 11, 2006 01:08 AM

    Union Sq greenmarket (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat)
    Manhattan Fruit Exchange in Chelsea Market

    1. Ora RE: Ora Oct 11, 2006 04:18 AM

      Cheaper & fresher than Fairway?? I plan to check out Union Sq on Sat.

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        rose water RE: Ora Oct 11, 2006 03:43 PM

        yes, definitely. fairway does fine with basics--parsley, scallions, etc., but tends to have other herbs in little containers with too much packaging that are less fresh than you'll find at the greenmarket or chelsea market. the same holds true for citarella.

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        Dim Sum Diva RE: Ora Oct 11, 2006 01:13 PM

        Why not the farmer markets such as the one in White Plains on Wednesdays? They have lots of fresh herbs, although I think they only run for another month.

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          Ora RE: Dim Sum Diva Oct 11, 2006 03:49 PM

          Interesting, where, what time in WP? Stew Leonard's has nice herbs but the bunches are too big and a bit pricey.

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          sportnoy1 RE: Ora Oct 11, 2006 06:57 PM

          get thee to Burpees or other garden catalogs - most herbs are very easy to grow indoors on a sunny windowsill - other than that, the greenmarket at Union Sq. or whole foods

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