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Finding masa harina in Nashua/Amherst area?

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solargarlic Dec 15, 2009 04:33 AM

I have the hardest time finding masa harina in the Amherst area. I used to find it in Hannaford, but I haven't shopped there in a long time and I hate to make the special trip and be disappointed. I have found the Bob's Red Mill at Earthward Foods, but I am not happy with the results I get with that product. And while I'm at it, has anyone seen banana leaves locally? We are trying to make some Guatemalan tamales for Christmas dinner. Thanks!

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  1. jcess7 RE: solargarlic Dec 15, 2009 08:33 AM

    I am pretty sure the Market Baskets in nashu have frozen banana leaves in the "latin frozen food" section, and should also have the masa harina in the latin aisle.

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      solargarlic RE: jcess7 Dec 15, 2009 09:03 AM

      Thanks, I will check for the banana leaves there...and I know I can find the cornhusks in a pinch. The masa (Goya brand) MB carries in Milford is the regular cornflour...I use it if I have to for tortillas, but it's definetly not the same as the harina type, unfortunately.

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        cowgirlinthesand RE: solargarlic Dec 15, 2009 09:37 AM

        There's a little Ecuadoran Market on route 9 in Hadley that sells lots of latin foods from mexico, colombia, salvador etc.
        It's in the strip mall (on the right coming from Amherst) where the restaurant Mi Tierra is - Russell St - I believe.
        Mi Tierra is around the back, and the Ecuadoran market is right in front next to a bakery.
        They have masa and lots of other finds.
        Mi Tierra has great tacos and chile rellenos if you're hungry! (handmade tortillas!!)

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        Mi Tierra
        206 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035

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          hilltowner RE: cowgirlinthesand Dec 15, 2009 10:01 AM

          OP is referring to Amherst, NH.

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            solargarlic RE: hilltowner Dec 15, 2009 12:11 PM

            lol...I was a little confused about where Hadley was, but very excited about the idea of a well-stocked latin market! Thank you anyway!

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              qianning RE: solargarlic Dec 16, 2009 04:43 AM

              have you tried the latin markets in downtown nashua?

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                solargarlic RE: qianning Dec 16, 2009 05:41 AM

                Would you know of one specifically? Not that Nashua is that far, but with my kids probably in tow, I'd like to know I'm picking the best one to shop at :).

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                  qianning RE: solargarlic Dec 16, 2009 06:03 AM

                  regret that i don't cook latin american enough to judge which is best. you might try the mexican bakery on w. perl, if they don't have what you want, they probably will know who in town does, and i have found them very friendly and service oriented.

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