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Oct 2, 2010 03:54 PM

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I'm planning on making an Oaxacan recipe that calls for dried avocado leaves and dried costeno rojo chiles. Any ideas on where I could pick these up? I do recall reading years ago that some avocado leaves should not be used in cooking.

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  1. If you can't find costeno rojos, guajillo chiles are suggested as a substitute and are readily available.
    Here is a link with some words of wisdom from Diana Kennedy and Rick Bayless on avocado leaves.

    1. Where do you live? In the City, there is a small grocery store between 16th and 17th, i believe, on Mission, in the Mission Dist. that has them - i just saw them the other day. I can't remember the name, but it's run by Middle Easterners and they have a very large variety of spices/herbs/chilis - more than all the other little latino stores on that street.) I will pass by it tomorrow, get the name, and post again, ok?

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      1. re: mariacarmen

        Thanks so much! I live in the East Bay but certainly go to the city from time to time. Thanks again.

        1. re: danieldumont

          It's called Mi Ranchito, and it's between 17th and 18th on Mission Street. When you walk in, it's on the right side of the store in the back - thre is a wall of a widest variety of packaged herbs and spices. i'm almost positive i saw them there. however, all of Mission Street is lined with these little grocery stores and they all have some combination of spices/herbs - Mi Ranchito seems to be the one that has the most selection. Good luck!

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