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Aug 20, 2010 08:47 AM

Fresh Curry leaves

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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  1. 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

      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

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

        1. re: betterthanbourdain

          South Seas is the biggest ripoff in the history of mankind.

          I do not recommend them ever.

        2. re: shellback2

          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 ( of Montreal), and they have arrived in Van in good condition. They carry curry leaf plants regularly, as well as Kaffir Lime Leaves.

          1. re: minimumharm

            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. 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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            1. re: vandan

              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.

          1. 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

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

            2. 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

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

              2. If you are in Vancouver, go over to Fraser street between 41st and 49th. The grocers have them there daily. Yum