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Where to buy banana leaves to make tamales?

Anyone know where I can buy banana leaves to make tamales? I live in Capitol Hill.

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  1. Asian groceries usually have them frozen.

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    1. I hope by now you have found them but just to let you know the Super H Market on Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring sells them. You can also try the Whole Foods Market on 7th and P Streets in DC! I am still searching for a place in Baltimore where I can get Tamales!
      Good Luck!

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      1. re: drcarter050

        > I am still searching for a place in Baltimore where I can get Tamales!

        http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/worl...

          1. re: Hal Laurent

            Several places in "Upper" Fells Point, most Stop Shop and Saves in the area, An Uh Run (sp) on the west side of town

          2. I would try one of the little bodegas on 14th St. There is - or was - a really good one on the east side, perhaps between R and S?

            1. I've always used corn husks when I've made tamales.

              but Canales has great ones already made at their deli counter.

              1. You'll be able to find Banana leaves at almost all Asian grocery stores and Latino Grocery stores. I would suggest buying the LAFE brand if that's available. the leaves are always very clean and very complete. Sometimes you might get lots of broken shreds of leaf with some other brands. I know Gavilan should have them. That's 16th and Columbia rd.