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Where can I find "aji"/mexican spices?

soho Sep 13, 2007 08:17 PM

A Peru chicken recipe calls for aji, does anyone know of a store in the GTA? I'm in the North York area but I'd travel downtown/Scarb/Missisauga for it if I have to. Thanks for your help!

  1. HarryLloyd Sep 14, 2007 06:06 AM

    do you want this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aji_pepper or this: http://www.peruvianpeppers.com/ ?


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    1. re: HarryLloyd
      books Sep 14, 2007 06:08 AM

      I don't see it on the list of spices offered but you can try calling The Spice Trader ( 805 Queen West) and see if they can order some for you. www.thespicetrader.ca

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      Snarf Sep 14, 2007 08:54 AM

      Aji, I think, is a type of pepper. I've also seen it in a puree form in a jar. It's fairly medium in terms of heat. The dry version will probably have a bit more of a smokey taste.

      For the dried, try Perola's supermarket on Augusta. For the puree, I think many of the south American stores on Augusta might have it, or I recall seeing it in one of the small places on Nassau, north side, east of Augusta.

      1. gnuf Sep 14, 2007 07:34 PM

        You wouldn't happen to be reading this month's Gourmet would you, the one about Latin American cuisine? I'm looking for Mexican spices too. In particular, epazote.

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        1. re: gnuf
          Snarf Sep 15, 2007 11:38 AM

          Dried epazote and other mexican herbs and spices also available at Perola's. Best to use Mexican for Mexican recipes, as the flavours are quite different (ie oregano).

          1. re: gnuf
            bobbieMac Sep 17, 2007 08:42 AM

            That's a great issue. I'm also on the hunt for mexican spices as well after reading that issue.

            1. re: gnuf
              gnuf Sep 24, 2007 05:17 PM

              Replying to my own post, I found the following items in a store in the basement of St. Lawrence Market owned by an Asian family (they sell canned goods, bulk items, chocolate, a lot of imported stuff):

              - dried epazote
              - chipotles in adobo sauce
              - dried pasilla, ancho, piquin, mulato and morita chiles
              - annatto/achiote seeds

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              Yongeman Sep 15, 2007 03:08 AM

              For some reason, there are 2 identical threads on this topic. Here's what I posted in the other thread. Since you're interested in the North York area, that's where these places are:
              There are some South/Central American restaurants on Wilson, between Keele and Dufferin--Chilean and San Salvadoran. There's probably a grocery store in that area too. There's a Central American/Mexican grocery on Keele, south of Lawrence on the west side. Maybe there.
              There's also a Mexican/Central Am. place on Bathurst north of Lawrence. She has a storefront take-out restaurant selling pupusas, burritos, quesadillas too.

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