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Feb 23, 2011 12:58 PM

does anyone know where i can buy fresh kaffir lime leaves in houston?

I've lived here my whole life (- college) and have frequented almost every major asian supermarket here (hong kong, viet hoa, my hoa, etc.) and have yet to find legit fresh lime leaves. I desperately want to make some authentic curries (no disrespect to the ready made bases- just trying to expand my repertoire). Any help would be appreciated!

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  1. I had the same issue. But decided to fix it once and for all.

    A year or so ago, I went to JRN's Nursery, and bought a Kaffir Lime Tree. It cost about $20, I think it was. Maybe $30.

    But whatever it was, it was worth it because now I and my entire family have an ample supply of Kaffir Lime leaves. It's in a pot, so when the weather gets cold, I just bring it inside.

    JRN's Nursery is owned by Vietnamese, and they specialize in things Asian. In addition to all sorts of plants with an Asian theme, like Bonsai, they have a wonderful collection of pottery and ceramics, and decorator items for your garden.

    I love that place.

    Do yourself a favor. Instead of haunting Asian food stores, go buy yourself a tree.

    Problem solved.

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    1. re: Jaymes

      i called them yesterday. 30 bucks isn't a bad deal for unlimited curries/experimentation/awesomeness.

      thanks for your help!

    2. You can buy them at the Thai Market on Cavalcade between north Main and Airline.

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      1. re: sallen

        haven't tried them, i'll have to check it out...

        1. re: UbeJam

          Yeah, that was my suggestion as well. The market is called Asia Market ( They definitely have them, they also have good and very inexpensive thai food and a wide variety of other hard to find ingredients. Also, the people who run it are really nice. I would highly recommend it.

          1. re: benjym

            Central Market on Westheimer has been known to carry lime leaves. I like the grow-your-own suggestions too.

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