I’ve been all over the place. Local markets, Asian Markets, big stores, small stores, farmers markets. I’m looking for a local source for curry leaves and I can’t seem to find one. I was especially frustrated when I was told that they are an “oddity” and “exotic”.
Yes, the curry plant (Murraya Koenigii) is indigenous to India, and an essential ingredient in South Indian cooking . Why would I think any market in Phoenix would have them? Well, because I have found them here before. And we have a population of Indians, and a great South Indian Restaurant, Udapi Cafe. Wouldn’t there be a good local source for curry leaves?
I was able to get some information from one of the vendors at my favorite farmers market. She directed me to Tropica Mango. I emailed the nursery about obtaining a plant. I received a response in less than an hour. “Yes, we have them.” So this next week I am going out and purchasing a curry plant/tree. Then I will have my own source of this very important ingredient in South Indian cooking, the cuisine I am currently exploring.
I am glad that the search is over. I’m a bit tired from spending time and gas chasing all over town for an elusive and rare ingredient that is so important in South India, but not here in the Great Southwest.
Photo by Cliff found on flickr and was in no way altered.