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Where can i find fennel pollen in montreal...or online

ilcuoco Jan 24, 2012 09:58 PM

been loking hi & low, can't seem to find this spice anywhere

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  1. kpzoo RE: ilcuoco Jan 25, 2012 06:47 AM

    Have you tried contacting Epices de Cru? If they don't carry it maybe they can special-order it for you.


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    1. re: kpzoo
      mimibi RE: kpzoo Jan 30, 2012 11:44 PM

      Quite likely at Olive & Epices (514-271-0001, www.epicesdecru.com) at Jean-Talon Market, or I'd call/visit Spice Station in Mile End (514-274-1514). Spice Station is also opening on Monkland this Friday.

    2. kpzoo RE: ilcuoco Jan 25, 2012 06:48 AM

      p.s. for online sources a quick Google should find you lots of options that ship to Canada. For example, here's a place shipping from Calgary: http://www.silkroadspices.ca/products...

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        indeed RE: ilcuoco Jan 30, 2012 08:16 PM

        anthony bourdain's book or bill buford's inspired you? :)

        1. TheSnowpea RE: ilcuoco Mar 10, 2012 01:32 PM

          Just to let you know that Spice Station has some. I just visited their newly opened store on Monkland in NDG (there is another on Bernard) and got a half once of it. Spendy stuff but what a fascinating fragrance!

          I also picked up some of their house mixes: a ras-al-hanout and a really interesting West-Indian curry mix.

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            mangoannie RE: TheSnowpea Mar 10, 2012 02:04 PM

            I want to buy a large bag of fennel seeds, not sure if I should try same places or Indian food stores and what is the difference with fennel pollen, out of curiosity? Is the taste the same?

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              TheSnowpea RE: mangoannie Mar 10, 2012 03:29 PM

              The smell is spicier, sweeter? It's obviously very fennel forward but it has its own vegetal personality.

              They also had dill pollen.

              The store (owner? manager?) said the fennel pollen was good with chicken (he raved about making a rub with it for a whole chicken and letting it sit overnight in the fridge), while the dill pollen was best with fish.

              In any case, fennel seeds are way-hay-hay more affordable than the pollen. I'm going to use this stuff like gold dust LOL

              I was hoping they had sapote and tonka beans (would have been nice to not have to schlep myself to JTM), but alas.

              1. re: TheSnowpea
                cappocuoco RE: TheSnowpea Jul 2, 2012 10:24 AM

                How expensive is this fennel pollen?

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                  TheSnowpea RE: cappocuoco Jul 2, 2012 04:45 PM

                  about 20 $ for a small bag. Spendy stuff. You don't need much though.

          2. Ruthie789 RE: ilcuoco Jul 4, 2012 02:57 AM

            Have you tried looking at the grocery store Akhvan? They carry some unusual spices in both dry and liquid form.

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