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Where can I buy Harissa?

myasorubka Feb 17, 2011 09:26 AM

I have some turnips that I would like to slather in harissa and lemon, and set jealously next to a plate of minty couscous. Anyone know a store that sells harissa, so that I can complete my turnip torture? Preferably near Cambridge?

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    nasilemak RE: myasorubka Feb 17, 2011 09:40 AM

    whole foods fresh pond carries it.

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      grant.cook RE: myasorubka Feb 17, 2011 10:27 AM

      If you want to be authentic, I'd hit Arax or Sevan in Watertown.. but as the other poster stated, its not hard to find. Its usually sold in a small can..

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        tatsu RE: grant.cook Feb 17, 2011 10:34 AM

        Among my friends from the Maghreb, it seems Tunisian is the favorite. You could also stop by the Halal butchers, since many of them are North African-run, such as Al-Hoda in Central. The lamb is very good there as well, and inexpensive, the merguez not bad. Some pickled lemons Moroccan-style might be nice for your dish too.

        Interesting enough Hi-Rise Bread Company makes their own Harissa for their sandwiches. It's very good and I often ask for it as an add-on or sub-in for mustard. They don't sell it, unfortunately.

        Hi-Rise Bread Company
        56 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA

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          astrid RE: grant.cook Feb 18, 2011 05:29 AM

          Confirmed -- I have bought in a small 6oz can at Sevan.

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            simonr RE: astrid Feb 20, 2011 03:20 PM

            that can will last forever - fortunately it freezes well

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          myasorubka RE: myasorubka Feb 18, 2011 06:44 AM

          Thank you all so much for the info! I appreciate your input, and I can't wait to go explore these places.

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            hckybg RE: myasorubka Feb 18, 2011 07:03 AM

            I've also seen it recently at Capone Foods in Somerville (but I assume their Mass Ave. location would also have it). I believe that Christina's Spices typically has it as well, but you'd want to call and check.

          2. MC Slim JB RE: myasorubka Feb 18, 2011 11:10 AM

            I think I got some, a small tomato-sauce-sized can, not too long ago at Syrian Grocery Importing Co. in the South End.


            Syrian Grocery Importing Co
            10 Damrell St, Boston, MA

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              femmevox RE: MC Slim JB Feb 18, 2011 07:22 PM

              You can get it to go from the Middle East restaurant.

              There are only a few things I enjoy eating there, but I think the harissa's good.

              Middle East Restaurant
              472 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

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              dulce de leche RE: myasorubka Feb 18, 2011 07:52 PM

              Somerville Market Basket.

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                katzzz RE: myasorubka Feb 19, 2011 09:21 AM

                Formaggio's in cambridge has it in a tube imported from somewhere in N.
                Africa (I forget exactly where) for around $4. I didn't buy it because being a newbie to harissa, I wasn't sure if a tube was the way to go. Is the canned better? No doubt it keeps better in a tube, but I don't know if that would be the equivalent of anchovy paste, which runs a distant second in my estimation to even the cheapest canned anchovies.

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                  GretchenS RE: katzzz Feb 19, 2011 04:43 PM

                  I the tube you saw was DEA, that is my favorire, hands down.

                2. BostonZest RE: myasorubka Feb 20, 2011 05:23 AM

                  It's also easy to make. But, I would ask the folks at one of the Watertown markets to recommend a great version from their supply.

                  1. kobuta RE: myasorubka Feb 20, 2011 09:02 AM

                    Maybe too late, but they also sell the kind that's in a tube (from France, I think) at the Gypsy Kitchen in Quincy. Right off Quincy Center T station.

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                      katzzz RE: myasorubka Feb 20, 2011 09:13 AM

                      Was in the Fresh Pond Whole Foods today and there in the midst of the Chinese and Thai sauces was a small jar of harissa, organic, imported from Tunisia, around $10, which seemed expensive. Anyone tried it? There was an empty space next to it with a label for another kind of harissa for $3, but no way to know if it was tube, jar or can. Anyhow, I think I'll head to Watertown to check out the Armenian markets.

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                        SunGlow RE: myasorubka Feb 20, 2011 11:17 AM

                        I'm pretty sure I got mine at Sofra - it was pricey but delicious.

                        1 Belmont St, Cambridge, MA 02138

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                          gabbyology RE: myasorubka Feb 20, 2011 11:23 AM

                          I'm pretty sure I saw it at the Butcherie in Coolidge Corner. And there are Middleeastern grocers in Watertown which I'm sure will carry some! Mmm enjoy!

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                            veggielover RE: myasorubka Feb 20, 2011 02:40 PM

                            I love the Belazu Rose Harissa I buy at Sofra's.

                            1 Belmont St, Cambridge, MA 02138

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                              Lady_Tenar RE: myasorubka Feb 21, 2011 06:49 PM

                              I'm almost positive I've seen it at Dave's Fresh Pasta in Davis Square. Check that place out--you'll probably find all kinds of amazing things that you've had a hard time finding.

                              Dave's Fresh Pasta
                              81 Holland St, Somerville, MA 02144

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