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source for decent amount of fresh mint on North Shore

fesenjan Mar 27, 2013 04:56 PM

We make a stuffed lamb roast for Easter that requires a lot of fresh mint. I used to get a couple bunches at the Danvers Market Basket, but they haven't had it for a few years, and the Shaw's and Stop & Shop I tried only carried the overpriced little plastic containers of a few springs. One year we talked a local restaurateur into selling us some out the back of the kitchen; last year I went to H-Mart in Burlington. Surely there must be someplace closer (I'm in Beverly.) Can anybody verify having seen healthy-sized bunches of mint for sale on the North Shore recently? Thanks.

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    gimlis1mum Mar 27, 2013 05:39 PM

    I saw bundles of mint in baggies at the Whole Foods near MGH this morning, maybe a location closer to you has it too?

    Hong Kong Market and the Indian groceries in Malden have mint in larger quantities, if there are Asian markets nearer you they should have it too.

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    1. re: gimlis1mum
      fesenjan Mar 27, 2013 06:10 PM

      Thanks! I'm aware of various Malden, Quincy, Lowell, Waltham possibilities as well as H-mart, and travel to them all at times, but am just hoping for something closer this week. We're woefully short of Asian markets on the North Shore as far as I know (there is J-mart in Danvers, but they do not have produce.)

      If there's a Lynn expert out there, I'm all ears, though.

    2. itaunas Mar 27, 2013 06:26 PM

      Between 128 and Rt 1/60 I think you could probably find it focusing mainly on ethnic markets and green grocers. I would at least call NE Meat Market in Peabody. New Deal Fruit in Revere is more likely, but further so call. If they don't have it El Madina market is right there which might carry that (and I have seen herbs at the Revere Flea, but don't suggest it). J Pace is a possibility as is Farmland in Stoneham but generally more pricey.

      Lastly there are a bunch of SE Asian and other markets in Lynn.

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/641849

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      1. re: itaunas
        fesenjan Mar 28, 2013 08:32 AM

        New Angkor Thom Market on Essex St in Lynn FTW: bunches $1 apiece, and I got to discover a new store (and am currently waiting for my lunch order at Tacos Lupita as a bonus!) Thanks so much!

        1. re: fesenjan
          itaunas Mar 28, 2013 10:13 AM

          That is the market I am familiar with and thought about recommending, but the thread had more information than I could provide. galangatron has made some more recent posts about markets (particularly for takeout food) which are worth checking out for future provisions trips. And galleygirl and drew (in Marblehead) also post reasonably regularly on food in Lynn, Peabody, Revere (striperguy, opinionatedchef, and some others less frequently). Salem gets a lot more posts overall.

      2. srgoodman Mar 27, 2013 06:48 PM

        I've gotten small bunches of mint from Farmer Brown's in Middleton. Perhaps smaller than you want, but certainly much bigger than those little plastic containers.

        Have you checked out Henry's Market in Beverly? They seem a likely spot.

        1. enhF94 Mar 28, 2013 08:47 AM

          Just in time for Kentucky Derby mint juleps, too.

          Speaking of which, if one wants to get _absolutely_ _ridiculous_ about it, terroir matters. Kentucky mint, grown in limestone-heavy soil, tastes vastly different (rockier, cleaner, cooler) than Massachusetts mint.

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            Allstonian Mar 28, 2013 09:00 AM

            Is it terroir, or different varieties of mint?

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              enhF94 Mar 28, 2013 09:20 AM

              Good thought - lots of varieties, and nearly impossible to tell apart in many cases, so it's tough to tell. My source is a transplanted mint that changed drastically when moving from L'ville to JP - but it's safe to assume the grocery varieties may be a different plant, too.

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                Allstonian Mar 28, 2013 09:49 AM

                Indeed, but your transplanted mint is a pretty strong example in favor of the terroir argument. Interesting!

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              gimlis1mum Mar 28, 2013 09:52 AM

              Not riduculous at all! And explains why the mint that we grew in the Pennsylvaina garden of my childhood tastes different from the mint that grows in the Massachusetts garden of my adulthood. (Kentucky Colonel is the variety that comes closest in taste when grown here).

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