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Where to buy fresh fenugreek?

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bigwheel042 May 21, 2010 03:54 PM

Been jonesing for Persian food lately and want to make a Ghormeh Sabzi recipe containing fenugreek leaves. I've seen plenty of fenugreek *seed* in various spice shops and South Asian markets, but don't recall ever seeing the herb sold fresh. Anyone have a good source? I prefer somewhere in SF but could travel a bit if absolutely necessary.

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    wally May 21, 2010 04:14 PM

    I have seen it being sold at FPFM at Star Route. It wasn't this year and I assume it is seasonal.

    1. Melanie Wong May 21, 2010 04:28 PM

      It's called "methi" at Indian grocers. Fresh methi was available last month at Namaste in Belmont. You might check with the new place in SF, Jai Ho.

      1. Cynsa May 21, 2010 05:16 PM

        I'm getting methi ($1.50 for a huge bunch) at the Sunday Farmers' Market on Grove Street @ Divisadero. 10 am to 2 pm. The vendors are a young Asian couple on the north side of the market - midway.

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          bigwheel042 May 23, 2010 07:26 PM

          Did see a young Asian couple midway on the north side, but the woman said she'd never even heard of fenugreek/methi. I got there pretty late though (1:50pm) so maybe whoever had it ran out today?

          Ended up getting a big bag at Jai Ho - they stock it in the refrigerator in the back for $2.99. Also have frozen for a bit less.

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            Robert Lauriston May 23, 2010 08:05 PM

            The Chinese name is hu lu ba.

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            rubadubgdub Mar 11, 2013 02:49 PM

            I think same couple is at the Berkeley Sat FM, the only Asian veg vendor, with their fenugreek.

          3. chefj May 22, 2010 10:08 AM

            Berkeley Bowl often has Methi Leaves. I have looked lately but they had them a month ago or so.

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              amhs321 Mar 11, 2013 11:57 AM

              If you can't find the fresh ones, you might find dried ones at persian grocery stores. Since only %10 of Ghormeh Sabzi's herbs are Fenugreek leaves, you can mix the fresh herbs (chives, parsley, coriander, spinach) with dried Fenugreek just to add the taste.

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                hyperbowler Mar 11, 2013 12:32 PM

                Jai Ho Indian Grocery Store near Japantown has it

                I picked up a really fragrant bunch at the Alemany Farmer's Market two weeks back.

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                  Cynsa Mar 11, 2013 02:35 PM

                  Jai Ho has methi leaves now in the cooler on the left as you enter the store, next to curry leaves. The store is near Popeye's Fried Chicken. Look for the Safeway on Webster Street @ Geary Blvd.

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                  abbyj Apr 8, 2013 12:02 AM

                  I've been seeing plenty of fresh fenugreek root at Whole Foods in the South Bay. You could call the one on Los Gatos Blvd @ Blossom Hill to check on their supply, but I have even bought a couple of the fresh roots there.

                  1. Robert Lauriston Apr 8, 2013 08:40 AM

                    I just saw it yesterday at both Milan and Vik's in Berkeley.

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