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Coriander Root - Anyone know where to find it?

A Thai recipe calls for it. Tried a 99 Ranch, and another customer told me that no one carries it anymore because of salmonella fears. Does this sound right to anyone? I certainly couldn't find it.

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  1. its also known as cilantro root some stores sell it still attached to the plant.try asian market

    1. My Thai cooking classes called for it and I easily found it decades ago. Not now, and not for a long, long time. I don't know why, but I have not found any market, Asian or otherwise, which carries it.

      As far as I am concerned, the flavor of dishes using it suffers.

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      1. re: SilverlakeGirl

        you might try checking the frozen vegetable section of Asian/Thai markets, as years ago I was able to find it frozen in small (won-ton skin sized) bags...fresh- probably easier to grow your own, ... use the base of thick stems, not quite the same, but better than not at all...may the force be with you.

      2. Occasionally the roots are still attached when you buy cilantro in the super market - they will be sandy and you will need to rinse them several times... if you can't find it w/ the roots still attached, try using the stems, they aren't too fibrous and have a slightly more intense flavor than the leaves.

        1. I usually buy it at the Bangluck Market in North Hollywood. It is in a plastic bag and is fresh-frozen cilantro (coriander) root that is imported from Thailand. Probably available at any of the Thai markets, LAX-C in downtown L.A. or Bangkok Market on Melrose Ave. Find the produce person and ask!

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          1. re: sel

            Thanks, Sel. Very good to know.

          2. I have bought parsley root from Sweredoski Farms (out of Bell Gardens), at the Irvine certified farmers' market. I bet if you asked and ordered in advance they'd save some cilantro root for you.

            1. I'm curious if anyone knows where I can currently find this in LA. Coriander root is one thing I've yet to see anywhere, ever. I'm also curious about kaffir limes. Thanks.

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              1. re: AlkieGourmand

                You may notice I responded above that myThai cooking instructor insisted on using the roots. I could not find it for many, many years.

                Then ... I was astounded when I found a bunch with whole roots! I was just blown away!

                It was a week and a half ago. In the organic section of Ralph's no less. I do not know how to explain it, or even if it was a one shot deal. It was not the regular cilantro, but only the organic that had whole roots.

                FWIW, it was the Ralph's on Glendale Blvd. in Silverlake.

                Silverlake Girl [now Atwater Village Girl with new house purchase].

                Good luck. I'll let you know if I see it again.

                  1. re: SilverlakeGirl

                    For better or worse, I am back to report my findings about coriander root.

                    About two weeks after my initial successful finding of coriander roots at the Silverlake Ralph's, I went back. The organic variety had none. Or so it initially seemed. Disappointed, I dug back to the newer stuff in the back and that stock had half-inch roots.

                    Not the best, but not bad. So I'm guessing that the stock varies. I'll be checking this out for some time and will report back as something comes up.

                  2. re: AlkieGourmand

                    frozen kaffir lime leaves can be found at LAX-C. kaffir lime TREE can be found in the parking lot of LAX-C.

                    Cilantro isn't hard to grow. Let it bolt, and you'll have the roots which can be frozen and saved. Either way, ask for them at LAX-C.

                    1. re: AlkieGourmand

                      Already answered above, coriander roots and kaffir lime leaves available at any Thai market.

                      1. re: sel

                        Kaffir lime leaves are easy to find. Fresh ones are available, for example, at A-1 Grocery Warehouse. But I'm asking about kaffir limes--the bumpy-skinned fruits.

                        Coriander roots are not available at any Thai market that I know of.

                      1. re: Michelly

                        Yup, I've done exactly this. Cilantro is super easy to grow. Just plant multiple tiny pots, and you have continual access to not only the leaves, but the root, as needed.