I'm continuing to follow and enjoy your recipes learnt in Albany
early this year. My question is where can I buy the curry tree/shrub,
that you used the leaves of in class? The only one I can find here
called a curry plant was small and grey leafed, and not remotely
like the ones you used. Could you tell me the botanic name so I
can make enquiries?
Gabrielle Cross, Bunbury, Western Australia
Nice to hear from you!
Yes the curry plant (Helichrysum italicum) is a decorative
non-culinary shrub and although it has medicinal value, it has no
uses in the kitchen whatsoever. You are looking for Murraya
koenigii. Some well-stocked Asian shops that sell oriental
culinary plants in pots can sometimes get it in for you. For instance
our local shopping complex has an Asian shop and the lady has a
few plants in pots. They sell very quickly. Otherwise track it down
your way from big nurseries.
Read more about curry leaves: http://kurma.net/essays/e8.html
Best wishes, and happy cooking!
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