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where to buy kaffir lime rind in orange county.

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I'm trying to make thai curries and haven't had any luck finding kaffir limes or kaffir lime rind anywhere. I'm in anaheim and the local thai market is pretty lack luster in the produce department.

-Loki

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  1. This is a discussion about kaffir limes around LA, I don't know if it's close enough to OC for you, but some of the places mentioned like 99 ranch are in OC too.

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/679421

    1. Try the 99 Ranch Markets in Irvine either off Jeffery or Culver. They have kaffir lime leaves which works well also they have lemon grass stalks, thai basil and all sorts of curry pastes which should satisfy your Thai needs.

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      99 Ranch
      17713 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA

      1. Kaffir limes are usually only found fresh during the winter growing season; you can buy the leaves fresh at the 99 Ranch on Euclid and Crescent, right off the 5. They'll be in trays, wrapped with plastic near the other herbs, and they're usually $1 or so per package. They freeze reasonably well.

        If you've got to have them fresh, I would suggest the Vietnamese fruit shops on the southwest corner of Bolsa and Magnolia. One is called Thai Son and I forget what the one right next door to it is. You can also try the ABC supermarket there.

        One final place to try to find it would be the new H-Mart on the northwest corner of Garden Grove Boulevard and Magnolia; they seem to have a wider selection of Asian-but-not-Korean produce than other Korean markets.

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        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          Thanks for the info. I'm not looking for the leaves. I have an abundance of those. I was looking for the limes. fortunately I remembered we have a tree behind my school and I night raided it on my way home from the bar sunday night. Good ole drunk missions.

          As a note If you have 15 freshly picked kaffir limes in a car and you have your windows rolled down the smell is still overwhelming.

          -Loki

          1. re: Loki

            Loki where is that tree exactly?