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Fresh Turmeric in San Francisco?

BlaineResident Jan 8, 2007 09:58 PM

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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    wendy RE: BlaineResident Jan 8, 2007 11:51 PM

    I have seen fresh turmeric at Rainbow grocery store.

    1. rworange RE: BlaineResident Jan 9, 2007 01:17 AM

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

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        rdabke RE: BlaineResident Jan 9, 2007 09:14 PM

        Any Indian grocery store

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          rworange RE: rdabke Jan 9, 2007 09:35 PM

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

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            rdabke RE: rworange Jan 10, 2007 04:47 PM

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

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              Ruth Lafler RE: rdabke Jan 10, 2007 05:20 PM

              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. Lori SF RE: BlaineResident Jan 9, 2007 09:22 PM

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

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            Joel RE: BlaineResident Jan 9, 2007 11:58 PM

            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.

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              Kevin Andrew Murphy RE: BlaineResident Jan 10, 2007 07:31 PM

              The Food Bin in Santa Cruz always seems to have it. Never bought it, but it looks good quality.

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                SteveG RE: BlaineResident Jan 10, 2007 07:41 PM

                If I'm not misidentifying another root, I've seen it at New May Wah market on Clement in San Francisco. It's at the back end of the produce aisle with the fresh spices above the tofu. This root was yellow-orange.

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