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Anyone know where to get spikenard in SF or online?

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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.
      http://www.herb-inc.com/index.html
      Spikenard c/s Aralia racemosa
      1 oz. - $5.00
      4 oz. - $20.00
      8 oz. - $35.00
      16 oz. - $65.00

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      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?

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        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.