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Dec 12, 2009 04:30 PM

Anyone know where to get spikenard in SF or online?

I've been tasked with finding this obscure spice that's used in Medieval cooking for a friend on the East Coast. He also wants grains of paradise, but I know I've seen those in San Francisco. If anyone has advice, I'd really appreciate!

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  1. I would check two places:

    (1) Rainbow grocery (which almost certainly has grains of paradise, the other i don' know)

    (2) The herb shop on Valencia (near 25th?). They have lots of stuff that isn't strictly culinary (medicinal, etc.). I was able to find some items there to make bitters that I couldn't fine elsewhere.

    1. Lhasa Karnak had it in their online catalog.
      Spikenard c/s Aralia racemosa
      1 oz. - $5.00
      4 oz. - $20.00
      8 oz. - $35.00
      16 oz. - $65.00

      Lhasa Karnak Herb Company
      1938 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

      1. The branch of Lhasa Karnak on Telegraph is bigger.

        Herb shop on Valencia, you mean Scarlet Sage?

        Lhasa Karnak Herb Company
        2482 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

        Rainbow Grocery
        1745 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Scarlet Sage - that's the one. Thanks.

        2. Thanks for the suggestions--I live near Scarlet Sage and thought of them. WIll check the website, too.