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Cilantro/Coriander Root in Boston?

celeriac Mar 4, 2013 06:41 AM

I've been working with a bunch of Thai recipes that call for the root of cilantro/coriander. In the summer, I found some bunches with the roots attached, but lately all of the cilantro I can find is cut higher up, so I only have stem. Stem is apparently the best substitute, but I keep wondering if there is a good source for the root, maybe frozen? Has anyone seem it around, maybe at an Asian market? Thanks in advance.

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  1. hotoynoodle RE: celeriac Mar 4, 2013 06:44 AM

    i sometimes find it like that at market basket, but more reliably at asian markets, yes.

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      keith RE: celeriac Mar 4, 2013 06:52 AM

      Yeah, the stem doesn't really substitute well for the root (especially in Thai curry pastes). I can almost always find them at the chinatown markets (as well as the Kam Man and HMart). If you're having trouble there, some of the SE Asian markets in Lowell should also have them. I think I saw Cilantro with roots them at the new(ish) Vietnamese market on Dorchester Ave (in Dorchester) as well.

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        celeriac RE: keith Mar 4, 2013 07:01 AM

        Thanks for the suggestions. Kam Man was a bust a few weeks ago, but I can probably swing through Chinatown today. Do you know the name (or more precise location) for the market you're referring to on Dot Ave?

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          bear RE: celeriac Mar 4, 2013 07:08 AM

          As hotoy says, sometimes Market Basket has it with roots, and also sometimes Russo's in Watertown. I'd call before making the trek, though.

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            keith RE: celeriac Mar 4, 2013 07:12 AM

            Hmmm...don't remember the name of the new one, it's between the Bahn Mi shops and Pho Hoa (somewhere along that mile stretch of the road). You could also try Truong Thinh II Super Market (1305 Dorchester Ave) which is also likely to have it.

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          celeriac RE: celeriac Mar 4, 2013 07:21 PM

          For the record, I stopped in at 7 or 8 different Asian markets in Chinatown and Dorchester today, and couldn't find cilantro root at one of them, nor at some of the more mainstream supermarkets. I'm beginning to think that perhaps there is some sort of seasonal variation, and wherever our cilantro is coming from right now, they harvest without pulling up the root.

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            keith RE: celeriac Mar 4, 2013 07:55 PM

            Very strange. Definitely saw it recently in Dorchester and used it from Ming's a couple of months ago. Must be a seasonal things. Sorry!

          2. MC Slim JB RE: celeriac Mar 4, 2013 07:49 PM

            When I need them, I can't find them. When I don't, they appear. Fortunately, they freeze pretty well.


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              lukasr RE: celeriac Mar 5, 2013 04:18 AM

              There's one vendor at Haymarket that has them

              1. Gio RE: celeriac Mar 5, 2013 05:20 AM

                In my fridge at the moment there is a bag of fresh cilantro with roots. It was bought at the Reading Market Basket on Saturday last. It seems that MB store always has cilantro with roots. I use what I need at the moment then freeze the rest...

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                  Madrid RE: Gio Mar 5, 2013 05:40 AM

                  I have found this usually to be true at the Somerville Market Basket.

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                    opinionatedchef RE: Gio Mar 5, 2013 11:41 PM

                    yes, MB woburn's is w/ roots about 60% of the time.

                  2. BobB RE: celeriac Mar 5, 2013 02:53 PM

                    I'd give Russo's a call - they carry a lot of hard-to-find items.

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                      saulblum RE: BobB Mar 5, 2013 07:37 PM

                      The batch of cilantro at Russo's this afternoon was cut above the roots. But I have seen the whole plant, roots included, on occasion.

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                      Madrid RE: celeriac Mar 9, 2013 10:45 AM

                      saw it today at somerville market basket. huge, two bunches with roots banded together, for $1.29.

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