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Jul 17, 2007 07:06 AM

Where to buy habanero peppers?

I've recently got into making my own hot sauce and I was wondering if anyone knows of a place that sells habanero peppers in Toronto? I think they would have to be fresh, not dried or tinned to be good in a blended hotsauce.

I live off the Danforth so an east side location would be nice but I suspect my best bet will be the latin grocery stores in Kensington market. I have a car and can travel.

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  1. hi there alsiem,
    strangely enough, i've seen them all over - at loblaws, dominion, A&P even!
    kensington market (oxford fruit, and the other one at baldwin and kensington) both carry them, i believe. i'm sure st. lawrence market would also have them, downstairs behind the truffle/caviar vendor is a good place to look.

    1. If you can't locate Habaneros then Scotch Bonnets make a perfectly good substitute. This site is an excellent source of info on hot peppers:

      1. Latin stores in Kensington, asked and answered. Perola has a massive selection of peppers.

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        1. re: childofthestorm

          Love Perola's dried pepper selection. Was down there this weekend and they have the best poblanos as well as fresh tomatillos, cactus and now huge aloe leaves.

        2. Highland Foods at Dufferin and Steeles has habaneros

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          1. re: chocabot

            Thanks for the replys. It seems I have a few places to look.

            1. re: alsiem

              Yes, Perola's had fresh habaneros. It was around $3 for 18 peppers.

              1. re: alsiem

                Several ethnic grocers along Eglinton between the Allen and Dufferin - this area has a large proportion of people from the Caribbean.

                My wife went into one to buy some Scotch Bonnet peppers. The owner put them on the scale, trying to figure out how much to charge, saw that they hardly registered, and finally gave them to her for nothing.

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