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Dec 21, 2013 12:22 AM

cooking kalua pork and need ti leaves

Going to be a Hawaiian christmas at the old homested and I need to wrap my pork butt in some ti leaves. I need to find these leaves preferably in the San Fernando Valley. Thanks in advance.

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  1. Try a florist, or maybe someone in your neighborhood who has a ti plants. You can also use banana leaves which are sold frozen in asian markets.

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    1. re: flylice2x

      According to my recipe, in Rachel Lauan's "The Food of Paradise," banana leaves are mostly for an authentic wrapping while ti leaves actually contribute flavor. I did use them when I had ready access to some plants, both from my in-laws' patio and a florist I was working for, but I eventually got too lazy to look for them. And with half the family being vegetarian now …

      Oh, and any Latino grocery will have fresh banana leaves in the produce section. At least the ones in my neighborhood do. Southern Mexican and Central American people use them a lot for food wrapping, including tamales.

      1. re: Will Owen

        I would never use anything from a florist for edible consumption. Most floral,products are dipped in fungicide and who knows what else. My hands were wrecked from the chems. Not recommended.

        1. re: chewbacca

          If you call ahead and tell them what you need the leaves for they will not treat it and put it aside for you. It is costly from a florist. I prefer wrapping in banana leaves then in foil. But you really don't need the leaves. Just use liquid smoke and cover it tightly with foil and cook it for several hours. I Hawaiian salt mine after I shred it and keep it moist with the juices from the pan. My brother in-law cooks his in one of those oven bags and it comes out good also.

      1. Thanks for the responses. I am going to check a somewhat nearby filipino market and then Vallarta if they do have them. Thanks for the chemical warning I would not have thought about that.