Monday, February 25, 2008

Is there a ban on curry leaves.

My Indian grocery store uncle told me yesterday that USA has put a ban on curry leaves. Has any one else heard this. Cant believe it. I can't imagine so many dishes without the curry patta.

38 comments:

Kalai said...

Where do you live, Vimmi? I live in NJ and haven't heard this yet... I agree that it would be so hard to make so many things without curry leaves. :(

meeso said...

OMGawsh! I hope to goodness that Isn't true!!!

Rathna said...

I don't know if that's true. But, it's true that I'm not finding here in my grocery store in CA for past two weeks ! I hope that's not true. I can't live without it !!!

Meera said...

I hope it's not true. Is that the reason, I am not finding it in my local indian stores? I am not going to clip the leaves of my precious curry leaves plant. My plant is still little...Oh No!!

Mansi Desai said...

that would be bad! they've already banned mangoes, recently the Sujata chapati flour, and now curry leaves!!! eeeks! I still get it in california though:)

Anonymous said...

yep even i heard it like that

vimmi said...

Hi Kalai,

I live in Charlotte NC. I am wondering too whether this is true

Hi Meeso, me too.

Hi Rathna,

I also did not get any this weekend.

Hi Meera,

How did u grow the plant?

Hi Mansi,

Yes, hope they don't ban it.

vimmi said...

Hi Anon,

Thats bad.

Cham said...

I don't think so, as far as in CA , we ve no problem here. Check with some other indian grocery.

Anonymous said...

After reading all comments, i am writing this comment. It is banned in many states in US. This is the info i got from 3 Indian store managers in bay area. It is 3 weeks beginning Feb, there is a ban from the Food Dept on the same.

Sig said...

Yep, it is banned here in WA too.. sigh... I managed to procure some before it was completely sold out..using it like gold now.

Lavanya Raj said...

its very bad to hear.....

Asha said...

Didn't know about that Vimmi. Very sad indeed.I have a bunch frozen and that's it! I love curry leaves!:(

Sia said...

i cant think of cooking w/o curry leaves! thats indeed sad vimmi. i have two small plants at home which i grew from curry plant roots. i hope we dont have to face this here in UK.

Happy cook said...

Yeah what would we do without the leaves. Glad i am not in US

Pravs said...

oh no !!! so far, have not heard of it here.

Vanamala said...

Oh!!! i have no problem here in Longisland - NY, But i have one packet in my fridge. If possible will get it some more. Thanks for the info.

Rupa said...

Banned..Oh NO..Its one of my favourite.Here in Phoenix i am not finding curry leaves..I was thinking its my bad luck when i go to the store,its all GONE :(

Anonymous said...

I heard that too yesterday and it's true. How am I going to cook without it?

I hope the ban is removed soon!

Dadarkar said...

Yes. This is certainly true for the SF Bay Area. Most leaves come from Hawaii and Kerala, and they have been banned due to a pest finding...

http://www.capitalpress.info/main.asp?SectionID=94&SubSectionID=801&ArticleID=38958&TM=10215.45

John Noble said...

Yep, I can't get them here in Colorado. Two stores have now told me they are banned. Not sure exactly why though. One store told me someone was using them to make drugs, another said they had been found "bad for your health" by the US. Ridiculous.

shweta said...

yep, they are banned here in Florida too. First, wheat flour and now curry leaves..are they planning to starve us?
Isn't here an indian lobby to stop such kind of bans?

abc said...

No one seems to be caring about the actual reason behind banning such things.

I would rather not eat pest infected curry leaves.

ravishm said...

Pest found in curry leaves halts shipments

Cecilia Parsons
Capital Press

All shipments of curry leaves into California from Hawaii were suspended today after confirmation of the presence of live Asian citrus psyllids in a shipment inspected Thursday in Los Angeles.

Curry leaves were under a federal quarantine order since citrus psyllids were found last year in a shipment intercepted in San Francisco.

Ted Batkin of the Citrus Research Board said all shipments were to be fumigated before shipment to kill the citrus psyllid, an invasive pest that carries citrus greening disease. Both the pest and the disease are present in Florida. Citrus greening is known as the most destructive disease in citrus.

Batkin said he did not know why the fumigation process did not work and said that until that is determined, both the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the USDA have agreed that shipments will be halted.

He said at this time that 40-50 shipments of curry leaves, used in Indian cuisine, arrive in California from Hawaii each week. He said this shipment had a large number of both male and female citrus psyllids among the curry leaves, which come from a plant that is in the same botanical family as lemons and oranges.

Steve Lyle, CDFA spokesman said the shipment was found by Los Angeles County agricultural inspectors on Thursday at a Los Angeles airport. All shipments of curry leaves have been suspended until further notice

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