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Oct 13, 2007 02:26 PM

Help me locating: Fresh Turmeric / Kencur / Zeodary

I hate to drive to NYC for these, can anyone suggest where to find fresh turmeric, fresh kencur root and fresh zeodary around Boston? I've tried all places in Chinatown, the usual Super 88 to no avail. Thanks Bundi.

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  1. I've bought fresh tumeric, either at the Harvest Co-Op in Central Square or the Whole Foods. What are the other two, kencur and zeodary? I've never heard of them before.

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    1. re: steinpilz

      I didn't even think about Harvest Co-Op. I didn't think that Whole Foods would carry it, but I will give them a try tomorrow. Zeodary is a rhisome, like ginger or galanal but a bit more bitter. Kencur is very close to galangal as well and it has a very distinctive flavor. All of them are sort of essential in making basic Indonesian food.
      Thanks for the fresh turmeric hint.

    2. Have you tried Christina's in Inman Square?

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      1. re: Prav

        Don't know the place, I'll give it a try tomorrow, thanx.

        1. re: Bundi

          i buy my spices at Arax in Watertown (Mt. Auburn Street) - don't know if they will have these but they have all the middle eastern ones - there are several Indian groceries in Brookline that may carry these (two on Harvard Street, one on Washington near School).

      2. Penzey's is an on line retailer of high quality spices. They have a retail shop on Mass Ave in Arlington Heights. They stock turmeric (prices at ) but not kencur or zeodary. Prices are high but the quality is usually pretty high also (at least judging from the sichuan peppercorns, which cost 4-5x as much as at Super 88 but are also at least ten times as good and as potent).

        I think teezeetoo is on the right track in looking at the Armenian markets in Watertown and Belmont. Another thought is that there are two Turkish markets within a few blocks of each other, on the same side of Brighton Ave in Allston. Turkuaz is one of them (link to map below, web site ) but I don't have a name or address for the other which is closer to Union Square. I don't remember if either had good herb or spice collections, but there are a batch of other Turkish specific things that you can get easily there.

        Penzeys Spices
        1293 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA

        Turkuaz Market
        16 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134

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        1. re: Dr.Jimbob

          I don't think Penzey's has fresh turmeric rhizomes, though.

        2. I'd check the Indian markets on Moody St. in Waltham.

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          1. re: Aromatherapy

            and the Indian market in Union Square. They have some really surprising items, but communication can be difficult.

          2. Definitely the Indian markets, and you might also try calling Russo's in Watertown as well. I know I've seen fresh turmeric there, not sure if they always carry it though.