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ramonasaur Dec 12, 2013 07:00 AM

does anyone know where to buy fresh turmeric root in NYC? Or is it just out of season for now? they had some at the park slope food co-op like 6 weeks ago but not since. thanks in advance for any tips!

  1. Silverjay Dec 12, 2013 07:50 AM

    Patel Brothers in Jackson Heights sells both white and yellow tumeric root.

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      MikeG Dec 12, 2013 07:51 AM

      I don't know if it's in season right now, but the Apna Bazaar in Jackson Heights (on 37th Ave near 72nd St.) invariably has it when it is. Patel Bros often has it, but not always. Sometimes you see it at smaller stores, but less often. I don't remember specifically seeing frozen roots in Jackson Heights, but they probably have them as well. (The whole roots freeze quite well.)

      Also, it's been quite a while since I was in that area, but the small store on the corner of Lexington Ave and E 29th St in Manhattan used to have the frozen roots at a decent price. Kalustyan's may have them, too, fresh or frozen, but I'd expect their price to be quite high compared to the others.

      ETA: I've also seen frozen roots in Chinatown, but somewhat randomly. Vietnamese, Thai and Malaysian groceries are your best bets. The relatively large, Vietnamese Tan Tin Hung on the Bowery below Grand St would probably be my first try. That or the small Thai "Bangkok Center" on Mosco St. just off the park if that part of town were more convenient.

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        BrickPM Dec 12, 2013 12:56 PM

        saw some at the Whole Foods on Houston a few days ago

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          kathryn Dec 12, 2013 06:15 PM

          I saw it in the produce section of Eataly yesterday.

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            ramonasaur Dec 13, 2013 08:35 AM

            Thanks everyone! I will try these recommendations!

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            ratgirlagogo Dec 14, 2013 11:28 AM

            Saw it at Kalustyan's last night.

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              Pulpio Dec 14, 2013 02:43 PM

              Bought some from the Indian grocery on First Avenue between 5th and 6th streets last night.

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                ramonasaur Dec 14, 2013 03:01 PM

                Yay thank you! I will head over when it's less gross outdoors!

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                mary shaposhnik Dec 16, 2013 10:42 AM

                I have always found frozen whole turmeric roots in stock at the Thai/Indonesian grocery store on the west side of Mulberry Street, between Bayard and Canal (about 3 doors up from Bayard). Same with Bangkok Center Grocery.

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                  psnative Dec 17, 2013 04:05 PM

                  The Whole Foods in Gowanus has it. Was there today.

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                    cheesecake17 Dec 29, 2013 04:04 PM

                    I bought it last week at union market

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