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Anyone know where to get spikenard in SF or online?

cafecreme Dec 12, 2009 04:30 PM

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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    boris_qd RE: cafecreme Dec 12, 2009 05:59 PM

    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. wolfe RE: cafecreme Dec 12, 2009 07:11 PM

      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. Robert Lauriston RE: cafecreme Dec 13, 2009 09:38 AM

        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
          boris_qd RE: Robert Lauriston Dec 13, 2009 08:51 PM

          Scarlet Sage - that's the one. Thanks.

        2. cafecreme RE: cafecreme Dec 15, 2009 03:10 PM

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

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