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Feb 10, 2008 07:09 AM

where to buy plain nuts (walnuts, almonds) at good prices

I have been stocking up on nuts for health in baking section of grocery stores but they are overpriced in small packages. I am not a member of Club Price and am not close to Adonis on Sauve. Past bulk store experiences have grossed me out. Any ideas for shopping for plain natural nuts in central location of city?

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  1. Not sure if you'd consider NDG central, but I buy my nuts in bulk at Akhavan. Very high turnover so everything is super-fresh. I haven't done a cost comparison, but my impression is that the prices are reasonable.

    Supermarche Akhavan
    6170 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC H4B, CA

    1. Well, if you can't make it to Adonis, then you can't make it to Cananut either, which is too bad because they probably have the best selection.
      I would second Akhavan.

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      1. re: bomobob

        Tell me more about Cananut - I don't recognize the street name - what neighbourhood is it in? Is it bulk in that you can choose your own quantities?

        1. re: kpzoo

          Around the corner from Basse(see below), in that no-man's-land between Marche Centrale and Andalos (otherwise known as Mecca!)

      2. Also in the Marche Centrale area (not far from Adonis) is my fave, Bassé, on Charles de la Tour (I think), the street running parallel to the west of L'Acadie.
        Otherwise, another vote for Akhavan those are too far.

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        1. re: HungryLurker

          I third Akhvan. Great selection and like KPzoo said, high turnover. I am very picky about the freshness of nuts, and have had issues with other bulk stores' hazlenuts in particular- but I have never had a problem there.

        2. Sunsource:

          I find their products are fresher than Akhavan and they are also more particular about the display of their products and thus the freshness. The owners are as the importers and roasters, so the quality control is there. Their prices are the same if not cheaper than at Akhavan and they have two retail and one wholesale location.

          My test is walnuts: they usually go rancid first and I've never had a "dusty" one when I've purchased them at Sunsource.

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          1. re: swissfoodie

            Are you sure about the prices? They seemed dreadfully expensive to me - I went into the shop on Laurier and didn't buy anything.

            1. re: swissfoodie

              I like Sunsource a lot, but I wouldn't call them cheap. But I have found their products very tasty and fresh. And they have these really delicious seasoned macadamia nuts, pepper and (I believe) lime. Somewhat addictive. But definitely not cheap. I've had to really resist eating these as they are bad for the budget and the diet. But if you like macadamia nuts.....

              1. re: moh

                I agree on the pricing. I went to the one on Sherbrooke, past Victoria, and the prices were astronomical. But they do some great things there and the nuts are definitely good, original, but not cheap.

              2. re: swissfoodie

                Thanks for the recommendation. I checked out the SunSource on Laurier and I'm quite pleased. The roasted almonds are delicious, and the price doesn't seem unreasonable. They also have dried cantaloupe!

              3. I saw bags of almonds for sale at a middle-eastern store near Capital in the Jean Talon Market. It is the place with tons of oils, olives and I think is one or two stores east of Capital on the same row. They looked pretty good but I didn't get to try them. I believe the price was $9 or $10 for 1 kg.

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                1. re: Keramel

                  Technically, it is a North African (Maghrebi) store, Tunisian. It is a branch of L'Olivier. I'd want to taste their nuts first, as they have had health issues in the past. However if the nuts are sold for a Muslim festival, for example, there should be a good turnover.

                  How about Anatol, nearby on St-Laurent? They seem to have a good turnover - I haven't bought nuts for quite a while so I don't know how fresh they are.

                  1. re: lagatta

                    Oh my mistake, sorry about that.

                    Health issues....that sounds scary. I get a lot of olives there.

                    1. re: Keramel

                      I don't think there have been any recent problems, and think the earlier ones have been resolved, and I certainly don't want to unjustly malign a business.

                      There used to be some Lebanese shops hereabouts, but I think only the place on Faillon remains. The one opposite the market on the north side of Jean-Talon has since become Algerian.

                      There is quite a bit of overlap in the products on offer anyway, between both "subsets" of the Arab world. (Middle East of course also encompasses Iranian/Persian, and by most categories Turkish, though sometimes the latter insist that they are European for political reasons).