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Fresh Curry leaves

shamab Aug 20, 2010 08:47 AM

Does anyone know where to get fresh curry leaves anywhere in B.C.? I will gladly pay the postage to have some sent to me! Thank you.

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    shellback2 Aug 20, 2010 01:49 PM

    I've seen them in the Indian grocery stores on Main Street (between 49th and 53rd Ave). Sorry, can't remember their names.

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    1. re: shellback2
      betterthanbourdain Aug 20, 2010 02:29 PM

      they are available.
      i believe south seas(?) has them last i was there a week ago. i was in the granville island location. i got some fresh tumeric and fresh galangal when i was there. though you will find them cheaper elsewhere i imagine.
      not sure when the next time i will be going by there.

      Fresh curry leaves adds depth and flavor to curries. use to have the tree in the backyard when i was growing up. when you fry them in hot oil, the the fragrance and flavor it add to the curries was amazing. Thanks for the reminder.

      1. re: betterthanbourdain
        grayelf Aug 20, 2010 03:49 PM

        Will be on Fraser Street tonight -- if I see any, I'll note the store :-).

      2. re: shellback2
        minimumharm Aug 24, 2010 03:47 PM

        Punjab Food Ctr (6635 Main St) and Fruiticana, both in the Punjabi Market (Main between 49th and 53rd), both generally carry them. I recommend Punjab Food Ctr. Prices are much less expensive than at South China Seas, which is great but charges a significant premium. Go on any day but Tuesday, and other stores on the street will be open for a browse. . . Mother India, directly across from Punjab Food Ctr is a great spot for stainless steel goods, if you're interested. And if you are into Indian Junk Food, check out Zeenaz brand Chevda if you haven't already!

        Grocers are open 7 days/week.

        I'm sure there are other mail order sources, but I've ordered herb plants from Flora Exotica (http://www.floraexotica.ca/ of Montreal), and they have arrived in Van in good condition. They carry curry leaf plants regularly, as well as Kaffir Lime Leaves.

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          shamab Aug 31, 2010 07:40 PM

          Thank you! I had pretty much decided I should buy a plant, even though I will have to overwinter it indoors here in the Okanagan. Much appreciated!!

      3. geekyfoodie Aug 21, 2010 06:31 PM

        Saw them at one of the produce stands at Granville Island Market. I remember it was one of the quieter wings, close to an exterior door. A stand nearby sold potted bamboo. Not far from the Granville Island Tea Company.

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          vandan Aug 21, 2010 07:16 PM

          must have been south china seas

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            grayelf Aug 21, 2010 10:50 PM

            If it was South China Seas, the OP could contact them about shipping. They are sophisticated enough to do that, though I don't know if they will.

        2. bourbonstjoe Aug 22, 2010 04:07 PM

          And another for South China Seas. They've had them everytime I've been to Grandville Island. You might wanna check Save-On Foods/Thrifty's/Safeway etc as well, they are starting to carry more "Exotic" herns in their packeged herb section....Kaffir lime leaves for example.

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          1. re: bourbonstjoe
            starlady Aug 24, 2010 10:47 PM

            The thai? grocer across from Kingsgate mall usually has them ( on Broadway)

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            shamab Aug 31, 2010 08:19 PM

            New to the site - still learning. Would just like to thank everyone who posted replies regarding curry leaves. I may have actually found someone in the Okanagan who can get some for me :) - thank you all for taking the time to help out, though.

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            1. re: shamab
              eskae Dec 8, 2012 03:27 PM

              I'm in the Okanagan as well.. where did you find curry leaves?

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