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Seeking berbere / Ethiopian spices

chilibaby Sep 6, 2009 03:35 PM

I see some old posts that South End Food Emporium has a variety of Ethiopian spices. Before I make a trip in, does anyone know if they are still around and have them? Or, are there other places?

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    hckybg RE: chilibaby Sep 6, 2009 05:32 PM

    Did you try Christina's in Inman Square? I don't know about Ethiopian, specifically, but they have a pretty encyclopedic collection.

    1. galangatron RE: chilibaby Sep 6, 2009 06:00 PM

      the south end food emporium is still a vast resource for ethiopian goods

      you will find an array of spices (berbere, mitmita, awaze, etc) neatly stacked on the left hand corner as you enter the store. they have homemade niter kibbeh and bags of lentils and split peas for making vegetarian wots. they also have fresh injera and ambasha by the front counter

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        chilibaby RE: galangatron Sep 6, 2009 10:55 PM

        Excellent - thank you for the confirmation. Looks like a trip there is in order and I'm glad to know about the niter kibbeh too. Haven't had ambasha - what is it?

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          galangatron RE: chilibaby Sep 8, 2009 12:45 AM

          ambasha is a round ethiopian spice bread flavored with cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cardamom, and fenugreek. the south end food emporium sells it whole and individually sliced in ziplock bags

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        bear RE: chilibaby Sep 7, 2009 06:40 AM

        Formaggio in Cambridge has berbere, or at least it did a year or so ago.

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