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Apr 5, 2008 06:44 PM

Fresh Turmeric SEA?

I saw it for the first time ever last weekend at Granville Island in Vancouver. Why oh why did I not buy some???

Anyone know of a place that sells fresh turmeric (I think it was a small root?) in its natural state here in the SEA area?

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  1. Uwajimaya almost always has whole, fresh turmeric rhizomes for sale. Look on the the lower shelves of the refrigerated section at the south-east end of the produce section.

    Speaking of rhizomes, they also have fresh wasabi in a different produce case sort-of behind a column, just to the west of the corn.

    Now, if you really want to kick yourself over not buying something at Granville Island market, it should be fresh mangosteen. That's about the only thing you can get there that you'll never find in the states (besides Hawaii - it can't grow in any other US state, and the USDA bans its import because it can harbor agricultural pests)

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    1. re: terrier

      Evidently, the USDA has changed its tune. Saw fresh mangosteen several days ago at Metropolitan Market at obscene prices.

      1. re: PAO

        We looked for mangosteen at a few places and couldn't find any, actually.

    2. In addition to Uwajimaya, I've also seen it from time to time at WF on Roosevelt.

      1. The West Seattle PCC has it periodically. That's where I've bought mine. And you can always call and see if they have it or can get it for you.

        1. They also sometimes have it at Madison Market.