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Where to buy Harissa?

keech6 Feb 5, 2008 10:51 AM

Looking for some guidance from chowhounds on where to find harissa, the red pepper paste common in Moroccan cooking. I know it must be somewhere, but so far every place I've tried doesn't carry it anymore or the clerks look at me funny when I ask about it.

  1. skokefoe Feb 6, 2008 01:14 PM

    I got some in a glass jar at Pemberton Farm on Mass Ave in North Cambridge.

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      Pa amb Tomaquet Feb 5, 2008 03:41 PM

      The little Middle Eastern shops on Blackstone Street in Haymarket all carry Harissa is small cans. They are yellow, with red writing and very inexpensive. I've also seen it in tubes, like Tomato Paste.

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        mwk Feb 5, 2008 12:53 PM

        I've seen it in the Middle Eastern section at the Star and Hannaford in Quincy. And amazingly enough, I just bought a jar at Ocean State Job Lot, in Quincy.

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          Chipper Feb 5, 2008 11:44 AM

          I just bought harissa in a glass jar at the Alewife Whole Foods. It's kind of a large container if you don't use harissa that often (does anyone know if you can freeze it? I'm hesitant because it seems like it may have chopped onion in it...)

          1. galangatron Feb 5, 2008 11:43 AM

            any middle eastern market should have it. usually get mine at eastern lamejun bakery in belmont

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              joebelt Feb 5, 2008 11:15 AM

              Whole Foods carries the original one from Cap Bon. They don't sell the tube but the small can version, which is a little wasteful since you never use that much.

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                nasilemak Feb 5, 2008 11:07 AM

                Call up Crate and Barrel and Williams Sonoma. I saw one of those stores having jars of the condiment a week or two ago.

                1. MC Slim JB Feb 5, 2008 11:04 AM

                  You should look funny back at them. It's only harissa, after all.

                  Syrian Grocery Importing Co. in the South End, next to Formaggio on Shawmut Ave, has it.

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                    Taralli Feb 5, 2008 11:01 AM

                    Watertown Markets carry it.

                    1. Bob Dobalina Feb 5, 2008 10:57 AM

                      Geez...bought this a while ago to try an Ana Sortun recipe in the Times - I think I got it at Whole Foods, but can't be sure. maybe the Market Basket in Somerville might carry it? Otherwise, I would think that Christina's spice shop in Inman, or that place in Arlington - penzey's - or maybe the middle eastern shops on Mt. Auburn in Watertown.

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                      1. re: Bob Dobalina
                        BarmyFotheringayPhipps Feb 5, 2008 11:02 AM

                        Penzey's does not carry harissa, but I suspect the middle eastern markets on Mount Auburn are indeed the best bet.

                        1. re: Bob Dobalina
                          bella_sarda Feb 5, 2008 02:20 PM

                          Christina's definitely has it. Also, you can easily make your own using ingredients available at Christina's: dried chiles (Ancho, New Mexico, and/or other varieties), caraway seeds, coriander seeds, curry powder, good olive oil, and optional tomato paste and/or sundried tomatoes. I made some last weekend as a Super Bowl dip (with mini-pitas) and it went over very well. If you're interested, try the Chow home cooking board or internet for recipes. James Peterson and Paula Wolfert both have good recipes.

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