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Aug 3, 2010 08:47 AM


I am looking for a Preserved Lemon to make a Moroccan dish.
I have been looking around my area which is south bay but no luck so far.
I am looking for the lemons brined in the salt water with no spice or oil.
Has anyone seen it somewhere?

Please also recommend me a good Middle Eastern grocery store which may carry the Lemon.

Thank you!

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  1. Rainbow Grocery in San Francisco sells them in bulk if you can't find something closer.

    Rainbow Grocery
    1745 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    1. These are REALLY easy to make. In just a week you can have your own!
      Try this recipe here, it's what I use and I always have a jar going.

      1. You might try the market mentioned in this thread. I'm pretty sure I saw dried persian limes, so they might have preserved lemons:

        1. There is a pretty good Middle Eastern grocery store in the Mission, called Samiramis Imports, a couple doors down from Old Jerusalem. I don't know if they carry preserved lemons but they've got a great selection of items so you may want to give them a call.

          Samiramis Imports
          2990 Mission St
          (between 25th St & 26th St)
          San Francisco, CA 94110
          (415) 824-6555

          Samiramis Imports
          2990 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

          Old Jerusalem
          2976 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

          1. Thank you very much All !
            I will try these places when I go to SF.
            It looks that I need to wait to make my Moroccan lamb dish until then.. :)
            I should also try to make my own.
            I will look for some Myer lomon to start.

            Thanks Again

            4 Replies
            1. re: niko.niko

              There are middle eastern markets in the south bay area. Where have you looked?

              1. re: SteveG

                Hi Steve,
                I live in Sunnyvale and tried a couple of shops here.
                One of them had a dried lemon and a lady from a shop told me that she has never heard of preserved lemon. so I was actually wondering if I was trying on a right kind of shops..

                1. re: niko.niko

                  Sounds like you went to a Persian store.

              2. re: niko.niko

                since you are postponing making the recipe, I think you should explore making your own. the method i use requires a curing time of 4-6 weeks.