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Sep 6, 2009 03:35 PM

Seeking berbere / Ethiopian spices

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

    1. 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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      1. re: galangatron

        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?

        1. re: chilibaby

          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

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

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        1. re: bear

          5 years later and I found your Formaggio recommendation doing a search for berbere in Cambridge and they still have it as of October 2014! $8.95 for four ounces. Thanks Bear!!

          1. re: james_cambridge

            Glad to help, james. Sometimes older posts do come in handy. And maybe its time for me to find some injera, get some berbere and do some more Ethiopian cooking, so thanks for the reminder.

            1. re: bear

              Might be worth trying Penzey's if you ever need something similar!

        2. Whole foods has it as well.