NC- Triangle: Persian Markets?
Has any one spotted barberries in the area?
I've tried Neomonde and Almadina in Raleigh and neither was familiar with it. One comment on the COTM threads suggested an Iranian/Persian market would be the best shot.
I would rather buy locally than order them.
I located some at Caspian! Thanks Rockycat - for some reason I thought they were a Russian grocery and hadn't even thought to look there.
3 oz. package was $6.49. You have to ask at the counter. The lady explained that they keep these refrigerated to preserve the color. She said otherwise the berries become brownish - flavor is still good but not as attractive.
They also have the smallest sized container of sumac I've seen. It is about the size of a mid sized jar of McCormic spices. Priced at $2.39.
Wonderful assortment of sausages and pickled products. Other hard to find items include alum for pickling, hazelnuts and several varieties of ladyfingers. Their price on whole nutmeg was quite good and she said it flies off the shelf during the holiday season.
For those not familiar, Caspian is an easy stop off of I -440.
Exit at Capital Blvd. and head north. Perhaps the 3rd light make a left at Brentwood. Caspian is in a small strip center almost immediately on the left, just behind the gas station.
When were you there? I was in today looking for zhug which they have had in the past but did not have today.
Some of my favorite oddball items at Caspian are the silan, citric acid, falafel Bissli, pumpkin seeds, Russian chocolates by the lb. kept in the fridge (made in B'klyn), and the Spring or Prigat drinks that they have on occasion. Caspian has by far the best, if oddest, selection of Israeli products in Raleigh.
Too funny! I was there around 4:15ish...
I made it a point to avert my eyes from the chocolates! :-D
I did give in to a few packets of cookies, some new to me flavors of Turkish delight and a bottle of tarragon soda!
I was intrigued by the "waters" - along with orange and rose water there were a number of others. I recall dill water, the others have faded from memory. I was also tempted by the enormous jar of cabbage stuffed peppers - so pretty! But just too massive for my limited refrigerator space.
I'll have to keep an eye out for your favorites! Is silan the same as what is used in this recipe?