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Jan 8, 2007 09:58 PM

Fresh Turmeric in San Francisco?

I just got back from Malaysia and took a great cooking course, and many of the recipes called for fresh Turmeric. Does anyone know where I should be able to procure this in the Bay Area? Many thanks.

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  1. I have seen fresh turmeric at Rainbow grocery store.

    1. Berkeley Bowl
      El Cerrito Organic food (which was nicer than the BB version)

        1. re: rdabke

          Fresh ... as in the root that looks like ginger and you grate?

          1. re: rworange

            Yes, in most stores. I believe it is called Um-bay-Hull-dee

            1. re: rdabke

              I've seen it in several "good" produce sections -- Alameda Natural Grocery often has it, for example. It's always just been called turmeric.

        2. Boulettes Larder - in Ferry Plaza they usually have great fresh spices

          1. Berkeley Bowl usually carries two types of fresh turmeric root, white and yellow. I don't know if they are in season right now. They are the fresh roots, to be grated like ginger -- one of the varieties can be cooked, and the other is best raw -- they have this information on the signs at the Bowl.