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Mar 9, 2009 02:40 PM

Where to buy harissa in San Diego?

I'm planning to make some fish stew and couscous this week and have been on the hunt for harissa. I couldn't find it at Henry's, Trader Joe's, Vons, or Whole Foods. Parsian International Market on Convoy and Mama's Lebanese in North Park are both out of harissa. El Cajon International Market (a fantastic little Iraqi Chaldean market, btw) did not carry it. Any other suggestions? Thanks!

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  1. I have never bought it there but I know that Williams-Sonoma in UTC has harissa

    1. Why not make it yourself? It's super easy. You might also try North Park Produce on El Cajon Blvd. near the 805.

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      1. re: Josh

        Thanks for the recommendations! I will check out both places.

        I hadn't thought of making it myself...but I just looked up the recipe, and it does look super easy. Thanks, Josh!

        1. re: Lillian Hsu

          I've made harissa recently. If you can find some Aleppo pepper (dried), it adds a great middle tone.

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            I bought Aleppo pepper at NP Produce last month ...

          2. re: Lillian Hsu

            I had always bought it in the past, but just made some a couple of days ago. Not only was it easy, but the difference in quality and flavor was well worth the minimal effort. The recipe I used says that baklouti chiles (which I had never heard of) are the Tunisian peppers traditionally used for harissa, but that guajillos, mulattos, pasillas, and even chipotles or moritas can be used instead. I used guajillos and loved the result.

            1. re: JoanN

              Yes, I like what guajillos add to the flavor. I also used chile de arbol because my recipe called for it, but I'd use far less next time, as it added too much heat.

              P.S. Aleppo pepper is also called Halaby pepper, which finally allowed me to find it where I live.

        2. I second the suggestion of North park Produce. That's where I buy it. Also there's a middle eastern market further out on El Cajon but I can't remember the name. It's on a corner with a green store front and Arabic script on the sign.

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          1. re: Bobierto

            I have seen harissa everywhere. Even at home goods in Encinitas. Tip Top meats for sure has it. I saw it there just yesterday.

          2. Thanks for all the help! I will definitely try making the harissa myself and will look for the aleppo pepper at North Park Produce!