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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 RE: shamab 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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      betterthanbourdain RE: shellback2 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.

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        grayelf RE: betterthanbourdain Aug 20, 2010 03:49 PM

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

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          quddous RE: betterthanbourdain Jul 10, 2014 01:21 AM

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

          I do not recommend them ever.

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          minimumharm RE: shellback2 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 RE: minimumharm 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 RE: shamab 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 RE: geekyfoodie Aug 21, 2010 07:16 PM

            must have been south china seas

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              grayelf RE: vandan 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 RE: shamab 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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              starlady RE: bourbonstjoe Aug 24, 2010 10:47 PM

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

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              shamab RE: 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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                eskae RE: shamab Dec 8, 2012 03:27 PM

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

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                shawnigan RE: shamab Jul 8, 2014 02:52 PM

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

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                  shawnigan RE: shamab Jul 8, 2014 02:56 PM

                  One of the shops is called The Spice House

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                    quddous RE: shamab Jul 10, 2014 01:22 AM

                    You can also put them in a ziploc freezer bag and freeze them. I do this with mine and they keep almost indefinitely and taste the same as fresh.

                    They really are very delicious.

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