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Jan 18, 2008 09:18 AM

Where to find chestnut flour and other unusual flours

I am looking for chestnut flour and kamut flour to make cakes. Also I have started baking my own bread, and I am looking for other kinds of flours such as rye, spelt, buckwheat, ... Does anyone know where I could find these around Mountain View/Palo Alto/San Jose? Whole Foods carries some but not chestnut nor kamut, and they are usually expensive. Trader Joe's has very cheap almond meal. The Indian grocery stores have cheap cracked wheat "flour". But that's all I have been able to find so far.Thank you.

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  1. Not sure about your area, but FWIW, the Pasta Shop on 4th St in Berkeley has chestnut flour, and Rainbow Grocery in SF has just about everything else (its likely they also have chestnut flour, I just don't remember seeing it there.

    Other grocers such as Whole Foods and Berkeley Bowl carry varying assortments of unusual/specialty flours.

    1. Sorry this won't help much, but there's supposedly a natural foods/vitamins store in the Mountain View/Palo Alto area that's somewhat like Rainbow grocery. I'm thinking maybe Country Sun?

      Just a note on Rainbow: there's a lot of demand among Rainbow customers for wheat alternatives and nut flours to thicken sauces, bake with, and for other uses. That's important because turnover is high, and most of the flours you listed contain fats from the whole grain, which go rancid quickly. Supposedly Trader Joe's carries some nut flours, but I haven't tried them due to the fast decline in quality after they are ground.

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      1. re: SteveG

        I gave Country Sun a visit (440 S California Ave, Palo Alto). They have a selection of flours from Arrowhead Mills, in particular quite a few organic ones, that are kept in a fridge. But not the ones that I really wanted...

        I think so far Andronicos in Los Altos has the best combination of selection, prices and convenient location for me. I will buy kamut and chestnut flour online.

      2. Try The Milk Pail Market in Mountain View.

        Milk Pail Market
        2585 California St, Mountain View, CA

        1. Chestnut flour can be found at Asian grocery stores. I've seen it at Ranch 99

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          1. re: peachblossom

            Did you see water chestnut flour or chestnut flour or both at Asian grocery stores? I've seen water chestnut flour there, but I don't think that I've seen chestnut flour -- then again, I haven't been looking for it.

          2. Can't help with the rye, spelt, kamut flours, but for other non-wheat flours...

            Andronico's carries Dowd and Rogers chestnut flour, but not very cheap It is good though, that is where I get it because that is where we often shop (close to home). I haven't seen it anywhere else, but haven't looked closely at Asian markets. I usually get my rice, sweet rice and tapioca flour at asian markets, and chickpea flour, lentil flours and sometimes millet at Indian markets. Country sun does have a lot too. I get sorghum and millet and buckwheat from Whole Foods but mostly because I haven't found cheaper sources these and shipping has been expensive. Teff I get from Amazon (I have free shipping for them and they carry a bunch of bob's redmill). I have a friend that has a source for white buckwheat which is supposed to be milder and pretty good. I can ask her if you like.

            Oh celiac disease is fun with all the flours you get to try!