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sue zookie 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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    sandra in australia RE: sue zookie Apr 3, 2008 05:19 PM

    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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      kmh RE: sandra in australia Apr 6, 2008 03:02 PM

      as per SBS food safari - http://www21.sbs.com.au/foodsafari/in...
      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 (http://www.chowhound.com/topics/465840
      )as per a good living article late last year http://www.smh.com.au/news/good-livin...
      Mexican food suppliers
      Fireworks Foods Unit 15, 16 Loyalty Road, North Rocks, 9630 4610, www.fireworksfoods.com.au
      Monterey Mexican Foods, Unit 6/340 Hoxton Park Road, Hoxton Park, 9826 9378 www.montereyfoods.com.au

      have any of these been tried?

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        sue zookie RE: kmh Apr 9, 2008 03:59 PM

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

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          sandra in australia RE: kmh Apr 11, 2008 10:05 PM

          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!!

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            kmh RE: sandra in australia Apr 15, 2008 02:59 PM

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

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              sue zookie RE: kmh Apr 16, 2008 07:41 PM

              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?

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                kmh RE: sue zookie Apr 16, 2008 11:42 PM

                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!

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                  MMRuth RE: kmh Apr 17, 2008 04:16 AM

                  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.


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                    kmh RE: MMRuth Apr 18, 2008 06:01 PM

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

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                      MMRuth RE: kmh Apr 19, 2008 04:23 AM

                      Ah - my apologies - I missed that.

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                  kmh RE: sue zookie Apr 19, 2008 08:47 PM

                  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.

                  www.diggers.com.au for ordering

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                    sue zookie RE: kmh Apr 20, 2008 04:06 PM

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

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          Sonia Desai RE: sue zookie Apr 15, 2008 05:46 PM

          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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            tallhall RE: Sonia Desai Jun 3, 2008 01:36 AM

            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

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              sue zookie RE: tallhall Jun 4, 2008 01:50 PM

              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.

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            Sonia Desai RE: sue zookie Apr 17, 2008 03:43 AM

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

            1. Veggo RE: sue zookie Apr 19, 2008 09:05 PM

              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
                kmh RE: Veggo Apr 19, 2008 09:16 PM

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

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                  Veggo RE: kmh Apr 19, 2008 11:03 PM

                  As it should be.

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                    kmh RE: Veggo Apr 20, 2008 01:28 AM


              2. fooftales RE: sue zookie Jun 4, 2008 06:13 PM

                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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                  kmh RE: fooftales Jun 5, 2008 12:25 AM

                  but not fresh.

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                  claude.corrente RE: sue zookie Jul 1, 2008 08:55 PM

                  You can buy seeds at the following:
                  They sell the Poblano $3.00 for 50 seeds. They are not available to Tasmania.
                  Hope this is what you are looking for.

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                    Sonia Desai RE: sue zookie Jul 5, 2008 12:35 AM

                    I was recently told by a chef friend that the "Essential Ingredient" in Crow's Nest on Pacific Highway has all manner of dried chilies. I have not been yet, but thought I would pass the information along.

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