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Loose Spices

sundancer 10225 Mar 14, 2009 07:32 PM

Anyone know where I can find loose, that is, unpackaged spices?
I like to buy small quantities of things such as corianders seeds but can no longer find a supplier. There used to be an Iranian store in Bethesda that sold certain things but it no longer exists and I can find a replacement. Anyone know?

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  1. hill food RE: sundancer 10225 Mar 15, 2009 12:34 AM


    sorry I was going to leave it at that and be flippant but:


    several locations around town

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      reiflame RE: sundancer 10225 Mar 15, 2009 05:39 AM

      Penzeys is Rockville is a good choice.

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        MikeR RE: reiflame Mar 15, 2009 10:56 AM

        Penzy's is a great source, but everything is packaged, not loose. Coriander isn't that hard to find though. I haven't looked, but I suspect that it may be one that Whole Foods has by the scoop.

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          reiflame RE: MikeR Mar 15, 2009 11:08 AM

          Yeah, my bad, but they do have everything in a wide variety of sizes!

      2. Henry Spencer RE: sundancer 10225 Mar 15, 2009 08:25 AM

        I would think most any Indian grocery would have them.

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          Jacey RE: sundancer 10225 Mar 15, 2009 10:22 AM

          Whole Foods, MOM's, Yes! Organic Market.

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            nc213 RE: sundancer 10225 Mar 15, 2009 10:43 AM

            The co-op in Takoma Park has bulk spices.

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              sundancer 10225 RE: nc213 Mar 16, 2009 06:24 AM

              Thanks a lot. Going to check out Patel Brothers today.

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              sundancer 10225 RE: sundancer 10225 Mar 18, 2009 10:39 AM

              So Patel only has packaged spices (BIG packages). But I also went exploring (I was home from work) and checked out MOM's which was a great discovery. I did find one of the spices I was looking for, they were out of the other. I'll keep looking for other places. Thanks for the suggestions.

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                abigail99 RE: sundancer 10225 Mar 18, 2009 02:05 PM

                The Bethesda co-op has a big selection of bulk spices:


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                  sundancer 10225 RE: abigail99 Mar 30, 2009 07:55 PM

                  cool! that will be my next stop. Thanks

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