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Apr 22, 2012 02:10 PM

Kaffir Lime Leaves - Lowell?

I struck out at Russos and H-Mart, but I'll be in the Lowell area this week and was wondering if anyone has seen these at any of the Asian markets there? Battambang Market maybe?

Are these used in Indian cooking? There are a few large Indian markets on Moody St. in Waltham that are convenient to me, but not sure if that's something that would be sold there.

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  1. I have a Thai recipe that I need them for, but despite living in a college town with five Asian grocery stores [and about a quarter Asian], I cannot find them.

    1. I remember looking for them last spring to no avail. Perhaps they are seasonally unavailable?

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      1. re: trufflehound

        I ended up buying a Kaffir Lime tree from a nursery in northern CT... couldn't find them anywhere in Boston, even dried. But lately, I have seen them in the Asian section of WFM's, dried..

      2. I buy perfect fresh cheap kaffir lime leaves in NYC now.

        I bought somany the last time that I'm infusing vodka with some.

        1. Over the past year, i have found Kaffir lime leaves a few times at Russo's (in small clear plastic tubs next to the herbs, don't confuse w/ bay leaves) and last week found them at the Burlington Market Basket in the produce section (just labelled "lime leaves"), which has a fantastic diversity of produce for a standard supermarket.

          However, it is hit or miss (mostly miss). They are more often not there than there, but whenever i find them I buy them. They keep pretty well in the freezer too.

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          1. re: ArlHound

            Where in the Burlington MB? In the lettuce/normal herbs area or in the area where they focus more on asian vegetables?

            1. re: grant.cook

              I can't remember where exactly, but I think it may have been with the asian vegetables, maybe near the ginger and turmeric root and galangal? They were in a clear square-shaped plastic tub and the label on the side says "lime leaf."

              Maybe ask someone working there if you can't find them. I'm pretty sure it was not where the lettuce and cilantro is.

          2. haven't seen kaffir lime leaves at any of the se asian markets in lowell in quite awhile. there are plenty of kaffir lime trees for sale at the water festival in august though