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Looking for culantro in DC/NoVA

rHairing Aug 1, 2008 09:00 AM

Hey Hounds,

Does anyone know where I can find fresh culantro in the DC/NoVA area? Would SuperH have it?


  1. monavano Aug 1, 2008 09:07 AM

    I bet super H and Bestway stores would have it.

    1. yamalam Aug 1, 2008 10:34 AM

      The H Mart in Wheaton has it for sure, so they'd prob have it in VA too.

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        browneyz99 Aug 1, 2008 12:11 PM

        My mother other day told me that the large Ethnic Supermarket on Backlick Road in Springfield has it. I dont know the name of the supermarket but I can try to describe the location. its in Springfield (not far from Annandale) near the Washington Post Distribution Center. Best way to describe the location is from the Beltway take Braddock Road east. Right on Backlick Road and its down in a large shopping center on the right about 3 miles down (you will pass Edsall Road). I am planning on venturing there myself this weekend to use to make some Puerto Rican sofrito. Pls let me know if you find it elswhere.

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        1. re: browneyz99
          browneyz99 Aug 1, 2008 12:13 PM

          oops - I am sorry the shopping center is on the left past Edsall Road - its in an old Hechingers Building set away from the road.

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          browneyz99 Aug 1, 2008 12:20 PM

          I must be trying to avoid working today - I just called the Bestway Supermarket, 5695 Telegraph Road, Alexandria, VA 703.960.8501. They have some in stock at 1.29 a bunch.

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            Peyton Aug 1, 2008 12:25 PM

            I get mine at Wegman's.

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              wayne keyser Aug 1, 2008 12:43 PM

              It's everywhere - Giant (I think), Shoppers (always), Super H (of course).

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              1. re: wayne keyser
                yamalam Aug 1, 2008 03:24 PM

                Really? Cilantro is everywhere, but I haven't found culantro outside of ethnic markets here in MD.

                1. re: yamalam
                  deangold Aug 1, 2008 08:50 PM

                  Learn something new every day.... I thought it was a misspelling of Cilantro as well. Or Culatello. But Culantro is something else entirely:


                  1. re: deangold
                    wayne keyser Aug 1, 2008 09:11 PM

                    Sorry - also my mistake.

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                Soup Aug 2, 2008 05:41 AM

                I saw them last sunday at Grand Mart in springfield. It located next to thai basil. Let me be specific, this is the saw thooth leaf shaped herb you sometimes get with pho in some resturants?

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