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Feb 17, 2011 09:26 AM

Where can I buy Harissa?

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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  1. whole foods fresh pond carries it.

    1. 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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      1. re: grant.cook

        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

        1. re: grant.cook

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

          1. re: astrid

            that can will last forever - fortunately it freezes well

        2. 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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          1. re: myasorubka

            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. 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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            1. re: MC Slim JB

              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