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  • Fresh Curry Leaves

    Where can I buy fresh curry leaves - loose but preferably as a plant? Can they be purchased online?

    From the nigella team:

    Fresh curry leaves are most likely to be found in Indian grocery stores, or in  speciality food markets. We have only ever seen the leaves sold as bunches, never as a plant, as the leaves are usually harvested from small trees. If you find some very fresh leaves then you may be able to propagate your own plant and we have given a link below to the Kew Gardens website which gives instructions on how to do this.

    It is also possible to buy fresh leaves on-line and we have a link below as a suggestion, though other sources are available. As you are likely to have too many leaves to use in once go we would suggest freezing the leftovers. Put the leaves on a baking sheet lined with baking parchment (parchment paper) and freeze them for 1-2 hours until the leaves are rigid. Carefully pack them into a resealable box and use the leaves direct from frozen. The leaves should keep well in the freezer for up to 2 months, beyond this they may dry out a little.

    http://www.kew.org/plant-cultures/plants/curry_leaf_grow_it.html

    http://www.theasiancookshop.co.uk/fresh-curry-leaves-fresh-curry-leaf--bunch-3908-p.asp

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