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spiceandcandy Aug 29, 2011 09:01 PM

Hi everyone, does anyone know a place, either a store or online, where I can buy coconut leaves? I can't seem to find any information around it when I do a web search. I figured that since I can find banana leaves in Uwajimaya, coconut leabves shouldn't be that far behind, right? :)

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Uwajimaya
600 5th Ave S, Seattle, WA

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    tsquare Oct 1, 2011 02:43 PM

    Don't know if you are still looking, but dried coconut fronds are available at Jing Jing Market - kind of behind Factoria Mall, near Top Gun Seafood Restaurant. Saw them last week.

    There is a house on 3rd Ave NW that has a multitude of palms in the front yard (has amused me for years), and not so few other palms have been incorporated into residential landscaping around the Seattle area. Chinese Windmill Palms are particularly popular and suitable, if you must have palms. Not that growing your own was anything the OP asked about.

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      PeteSeattle Sep 11, 2011 01:52 PM

      If you think you want to try growing your own, for some odd reason Ikea has coconut seedlings potted for sale! Personally, I can't imagine trying to get them to grow in our lack of sunshine, and the uses spiceandcandy mentions won't really work with the usual indoor palm that has nice fronds because those plants fronds shrink so much when you weave them. (I and Samoan neighbors tried, and failed)

      I would recommend however, in season, that instead of weaving coconut palm fronds, if you have the skill, you switch to using cattail fronds. They're cheap, available easily, edible (well, the roots are) and while much smaller than coconut palm leaf straps, the same kind of weaving will work with them.

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        howard 1st Aug 30, 2011 10:17 AM

        indeed, palm fronds (not 'leaves') are excellent for weaving hats and trays and are used as a roofing material but, as far as i know, have no culinary application. try googling "palm fronds" and see what pops up.

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          spiceandcandy Aug 30, 2011 07:53 PM

          Thank you to both of you for replying, being a non-native English speaker I didn't realize that 'fronds' is the more appropriate word for it. Actually, coconut fronds is used in a lot of southeast asian cuisine. One weaves little packets to hold rice, then boil in water. In Philippines, it's called puso. In Malaysia, it is called ketupat. What this does is it condenses the rice and changes its texture and flavor. This condensed rice application is actually what I am trying to achieve.

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            tsquare Aug 30, 2011 11:09 PM

            The Fou Lee Market at Beacon Ave S and S Columbian Way has items from the Philippines and Malaysia - they might be a good place to look. I know I have purchased small green packets of sweet rice there - maybe flavored with ube? I'm not sure they were made on the premises - and those may not have been coconut fronds, but I think they would be of help.

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              acgold7 Aug 30, 2011 11:16 PM

              Interesting. Perhaps then Uwajimaya or Central Market could order some for you, or maybe even Cost Plus World Market might even have those pre-woven packets? I don't think our climate could support any sort of palm so I doubt any local nurseries would have them, but if they do maybe they might have some trimmings? Might be worth a call to Molbak's in Woodinville.

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              Uwajimaya
              600 5th Ave S, Seattle, WA

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            acgold7 Aug 29, 2011 10:24 PM

            Coconut palms don't really have leaves like banana leaves. They have spiky fronds above where the coconuts grow, and they have thick husks surrounding the coconuts themselves, but these aren't very leaflike. What do you need them for? Do you have a picture of what you're seeking?

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