Loose/Bulk Spices in Santa Clara co. / Sunnyvale area?
Just about all of the ethnic stores around here carry spices in the little 2 oz plastic packets-- are there any places in the Sunnyvale/Santa Clara co. area which carry bulk spices in bins? In particular I'm looking for:
black pepper (tellecherry)
cassia (scratch that; seen some nice big bundles of cassia in a few mexican supermarkets)
Whole Foods in Cupertino n/a
Whole Foods in Los Altos n/a
The closest place I've found to non-yuppie quantities of spices is Bharat Bazaar on Reed Ave in Sunnyvale. They're not bulk spices, but they are enough to last a while.
Now I'm on a quest to find somewhere that's got bulk dried herbs such as dried oregano. Any suggestions?
I get my bulk spices at Whole Foods in Palo Alto. They have jars of spices and a decent selection. Whole Foods in Palo Alto is on Homer (between Emerson and Alma). I know that they have nutmeg and star anise. They have black pepper, but I am not sure what tellecherry is.
If you find another source of bulk spices in our area, please let me know!
When I lived in Santa Clara, I bought mine from Kumud Grocery. They came in bigger bags - maybe half pound, or one pound bags. Plus, huge branches of curry leaves for a dollar. Although, I don't remember seeing nutmeg or star anise - maybe 99 Ranch would big bags of those?
2039 El, Camino Real Santa Clara, CA
99 Ranch Market
10983 N Wolfe Rd, Cupertino, CA
Maybe the best best bet would be to order through the internet:
It maybe more efficient than driving to all these stores looking for specific spices. Hopefully they will be fresher also.
I have never ordered from this company. I have seen their ads in food magazines. I have learned a lot about different black peppers by reading their catalog!
The Country Sun store on California Ave in Palo Alto has a very nice selection of bulk spices at a very reasonable prices. I bought clove powder, turmeric,garam masala, and chili powder today. Now I just have to find somewhere that has green mango powder (can you tell I'm starting to cook Indian?).
They also have a lot of different chocolate bars, FWIW.
Country Sun Natural Foods
440 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA
You should be buying your spices from a Indian grocery for sure. There is a big Indian population in your area and the busier stores should have fresh spices for a good price and larger packets than 2oz ers. Probably 50% or more less than Whole foods