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Mar 31, 2008 08:59 PM


I was wondering if Poblano peppers can be found in Australia? It looks like we might be moving to Perth this summer (!!!). I am so thrilled but I love Mexican food and I am having fun learning how to cook a few Mexican dishes. I just realized I might not be able to find these peppers and I hate to think I might not be able to enjoy chiles rellenos or chiles en nogada again.

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  1. I'm interested in finding this out as well - I haven't found any in Sydney or Melbourne yet, as a matter of fact, there are many Mexican ingredients that are not available over here, unnless canned or bottled.

    There are things like Jicama that you can find in Chinese markets, but poblanos and other chiles I haven't found

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    1. re: sandra in australia

      as per SBS food safari -
      Try...Suppliers and Restaurants featured in the show:
      Fireworks Foods (or Mary Dias Foods)
      Unit 19, 16 Loyalty Road, North Rocks, NSW
      Tel: 02 98812 3233
      Chillies at any good fruit shop:
      World of Fruit Campsie,
      224 -226 Beamish Street, Campsie, NSW
      Tel: 02 9718 3135

      as previously posted (
      )as per a good living article late last year
      Mexican food suppliers
      Fireworks Foods Unit 15, 16 Loyalty Road, North Rocks, 9630 4610,
      Monterey Mexican Foods, Unit 6/340 Hoxton Park Road, Hoxton Park, 9826 9378

      have any of these been tried?

      1. re: kmh

        Thank you, kmh! I have now bookmarked these sites.

        1. re: kmh

          The Mexican food suppliers listed are great, but they don't have fresh chiles, they do have dried... but to make chiles rellenos, you really need the fresh, sometimes they have canned, but it's not the same, they fall apart when you stuff them and don't taste as good...

          Will go have a look at the Campsie store... if I can find Campsie!!

          1. re: sandra in australia

            my only other suggestion is to grow your own.
            contact to see if they can provide plants/seeds...

            1. re: kmh

              That's why I was excited about the fireworks food site. They have a good chile seed catalog including poblanos. Except it is under Ancho which is what they are called when dried. So, are the peppers spelled (I suppose I should get used to writing "spelt") "chilli" in Australia and not "chile" like in the US?

              1. re: sue zookie

                I believe (correct me if I'm wrong anybody) Chile is a country and chilli is what we eat. I see also chili, but generally that points to a spell check error.

                You will find in some parts of Australia, some people won't equate "peppers" with capsicum nor chilli and then other parts it's quite normal, particularly when referring to red capsicum (bell peppers).

                No comment on ancho or anything else - I wouldn't have a clue!

                1. re: kmh

                  Found this while searching for anchos - in the U.S., chile is an acceptable spelling, as is chili. I tend to see chilli in the UK cookbooks that I have.


                  1. re: MMRuth

                    Am aware of that, but the question was, by SueZ what do we say in Australia.

                    1. re: kmh

                      Ah - my apologies - I missed that.

                2. re: sue zookie

                  sueZ, I have checked the diggers catalogue - they have tobago, habanero and what they call "hellfire mix" which includes jalapeno, Santa Fe Grande, REd Hot Cherry and Mustard Habanero.

         for ordering

                  1. re: kmh

                    What a gorgeous catalog. Thanks for that. And their restaurant/cafe sounds wonderful.

        2. Great info, I think I'll look into Campsie too. I'm an American transplant to Sydney and have been cooking Mexican food from Rick Bayless' Authentic Mexican cookbook, and I need to get my hands on some jalapenos!

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          1. re: Sonia Desai

            oh how good is that book! Maybe you guys who know the poblano can describe their flavour and heat so we could try to find a substitute? Diggers seeds do happen to sell tomatillos another ingredient I havent been able to get fresh anywhere in melb

            1. re: tallhall

              They have nice mild spiciness, less than jalapenos. They get roasted over a flame or broiled until the skin turns black which gets peeled off when cool. I'd say they taste kind of like green bell peppers but with more of a smoky, spicy, chile flavor.

          2. FYI, I found jalapeno peppers at the Woolworth's off of Rangers Road in Neutral Bay...

            1. Curious...all these other peppers, but no poblanos, down under? How has the Purple Goddess survived so long in Melbourne without them? I hope she weighs in. One should be cautious about carrying new varieties of seeds to a different continent with the intent of growing them.

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              1. re: Veggo

                YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED to import seeds to Australia without a license.

              2. herbie's has possibly the best range of spices in the country. I buy things like ground chipotle there.

                they're in sydney, but they mailorder as well.


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