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where to buy annatto/achiote seeds?

tamarindo Dec 9, 2007 10:57 PM

Hello, I am looking for achiote or annatto seeds in order to cook cochinita pibil. I have tried La Palma mexicatessen and a few other random small groceries in the Mission but no luck so far, only finding prepared achiote paste and I'd like to start from scratch with the seeds. Any recommendations? Thank you!

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  1. foodfanUSA RE: tamarindo Dec 10, 2007 05:56 AM

    I know for sure the foster city 99 ranch has them but if you want to try one closer to you, I would call ahead and check.

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      Gremolata RE: tamarindo Dec 10, 2007 06:45 AM

      The Berkeley Bowl certainly used to carry them -- I would guess that Rainbow Market might as well

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        Dave MP RE: Gremolata Dec 10, 2007 08:19 AM

        I am also pretty certain Rainbow Market has them

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        dhatchell RE: tamarindo Dec 10, 2007 09:31 AM

        I just bought some this weekend at Mi Pueblo www.mipueblofoods.com on High street in Oakland.. I actually bought the seeds and the paste-- the rojo variety-- they have a great selection of stuff there- thanks to the Chowhound community for turning me on to it!

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          P. Punko RE: tamarindo Dec 10, 2007 08:01 PM

          I have seen them at Chavez supermarkets on the peninsula and at Mi Peublo in Redwood City, and at 99 Ranches and Lion Supermarkets.

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            mudster RE: tamarindo Dec 10, 2007 09:43 PM

            Yes to Rainbow -- I bought some there two days ago.

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              spjika RE: tamarindo Jun 21, 2011 10:46 AM

              Berkeley Bowl does still have them yeah. In the Latin foods section, not the ethnic foods section...

              Berkeley Bowl
              2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

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