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Source for Sichuan Peppercorns

bakerboyz Aug 20, 2009 12:10 PM

Does anyone know where I can find these peppercorns? I was in C-Mart today and they did not have them. I also tried Whole Foods and they also did not have them.

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  1. mtm7654 RE: bakerboyz Aug 20, 2009 12:16 PM

    Penzey's in Arlington?

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      Allstonian RE: mtm7654 Aug 20, 2009 12:17 PM

      Penzey's definitely has them - that's where my supply came from.

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        bakerboyz RE: Allstonian Aug 20, 2009 12:38 PM

        Thank you...how about kaffir lime leaves?

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          BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: bakerboyz Aug 20, 2009 02:17 PM

          No, Penzey's do not have kaffir lime leaves.

          Once the shakedown finishes at Hong Kong Market (formerly Super 88), I'm sure they'll be restocking the kaffir lime leaves. I haven't been into the Allston branch since Monday, so I don't know how far they've gotten.

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      bakerboyz RE: bakerboyz Aug 20, 2009 12:16 PM

      While I am on the subject...how about kaffir lime leaves...do you know of a source?

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        qianning RE: bakerboyz Aug 20, 2009 12:38 PM

        Kam Man in Quincy usually has Sichuan peppercorns.

        Reports in other threads indicate that Kaffir Lime leaf can be found at the Cambodian Markets on Shirley Ave in Revere. But I buy my Kaffir lime leaf at Mekong Market on Smith St in Providence (for some reason none of the Cambodian/South Asian stores in Lowell carry it any more), which is kind of far afield, but I know they grow their own tree, and the leaqves are bug and spray free.

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          Zatan RE: bakerboyz Aug 20, 2009 12:56 PM

          Yeah, I have been missing these for months, fortunately I froze some a long time ago and they'll still do. I am suspecting that you can get them from anyone who has a domestic supply, but that's all I can contribute. If anyone finds them at a place that's close to downtown or at least easily T-accessible please let me know. Tempted to get my own tree....

          The peppercorns on the other hand are around, they are now irradiated or heat-treated so safe to import. I got mine at the See Sun market (I think so, the one on the same little side-street as Taiwan Cafe).

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            justbeingpolite RE: Zatan Aug 20, 2009 01:26 PM

            China Merchandise in Burlington for at least the peppercorns

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            GretchenS RE: bakerboyz Aug 20, 2009 02:20 PM

            I have seen kaffir lime leaves on occasion at Russo's in Watertown but would call first if that is the sole reason for a trip there. (It sure won't be the only thing you buy if you do go, I defy anyone to avoid an impulse purchase there.)

          3. galangatron RE: bakerboyz Aug 20, 2009 01:06 PM

            any chinese oriented market should have sichuan peppercorns. try the other two c-marts, super 88/hong kong market, ming's supermarket, and kam man market

            angkor watt market on shirley ave in revere has kaffir lime leaves. they're in the refrigerated section along the wall as you enter the store. a shelf or two above the other se asian herbs. they also have kaffir limes on occasion

            1. kobuta RE: bakerboyz Aug 20, 2009 01:38 PM

              I bought mine from C-Mart, but I've definitely seen them at all the Asian supermarkets I've been too. I'm pretty sure I did see them at Christine's as well.

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                tdaaa RE: bakerboyz Aug 20, 2009 02:17 PM

                I found some at my Local Shaws a few months ago. Not as spicy/numbing as I would have liked, though.

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                  amy_wong RE: bakerboyz Aug 20, 2009 06:46 PM

                  Can the Kaffir lime tree be grown in a planter indoors?

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                    amy_wong RE: amy_wong Aug 20, 2009 06:58 PM

                    Looks like kaffir lime tree can be grown indoors, but will require some outdoor exposure in the summer:


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                      Allstonian RE: amy_wong Aug 20, 2009 08:18 PM

                      And if you want one grown in New England, I highly recommend Logee's in CT:

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                        qianning RE: Allstonian Aug 21, 2009 05:15 AM

                        good tip Allstonian, better price than the one I bought from at the southeast asian festival in lowell!

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                          Allstonian RE: qianning Aug 21, 2009 05:31 AM

                          They're small plants - note that it comes in a 2 1/1" pot - so it might take some time for one to become mature enough to bear fruit, but that should be no problem if you're mostly using the leaves, and I've been quite happy with other plants that I've mail-ordered from Logee's.

                          You can also visit their greenhouses in CT - Barmy and I went once while we were on a trip to Mohegan Sun.

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                            PinchOfSalt RE: Allstonian Aug 21, 2009 07:27 AM

                            Logee's is great. Their plants are very nice and their greenhouses are well worth a visit. However, if someone wants a bigger plant, they are out there. I bought one over the internet from a place in California. Much much more expensive, but a much larger plant (and in excellent condition). Mine survived for two years before it fell to my indoor brown thumb. Definitely my fault, not theirs!


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                    bakerboyz RE: bakerboyz Aug 21, 2009 08:33 AM

                    Thanks all: found lime leaves at Russo's and Szechuan Peppercorns at a small asian grocer in Newtonville (although Penzey's has them, too).

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                      Kenji RE: bakerboyz Aug 21, 2009 10:22 AM

                      The Kam Man market in Quincy certainly has Sichuan peppercorns; I just got some there.

                      1. erinire RE: bakerboyz Aug 24, 2009 10:17 AM

                        I also found them at Christina's in Inman Square, if you haven't gotten your hands on some already :)

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