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Feb 4, 2007 08:54 AM

Sunday Santa Monica Farmer's Mkt regulars - can you identfy this vegetable?

I recently was able to make my first visit to one of the Santa Monica farmer's markets, and was intrigued by these root vegetables that I bought from a vendor there. They're small little tubers that are somewhat "grub-like" both shape and size-wise, while having a texture and taste reminiscent of Jersusalem artichokes (sunchokes). They were being sold in very small "snack-sized" ZipLock bags, at a somewhat pricey $4/bag.

I'd like to find out a little more about them. A link to a picture I took of them follows:

Thanks in advance to all Chowhounder's with more informtion!

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  1. I forgot that you can now upload pics (great new feature!) to Chowhound... So here's the same pic as in the previous link but now uploaded to CH...

    1. You didn't ask the vendor - or they didn't know?

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      1. re: tony michaels

        I asked the vendor at the time I bought it, but didn't write it down and have since forgot the name...

        Unfortunately being in S.D. I don't know when I'll get the next chance to return. I really should have taken a picture of the sign, something I frequently do purely for documentary purposes when coming upon something new and unique.

      2. yes, they are called crosnes, pronounced crones, the first s is silent. little tubers, saute in butter, salt & pepper or eat raw. kind of tasteless raw, but nice & crunchy. wieser farms, right?

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        1. re: budlit

          budlit: Great! Thanks for the information. I honestly didn't pay attention to the name of the vendor, but I'm sure that's who it was. I think they're just great, and can have a lot of different uses. Great for their visually exotic appeal and wonderful texture...

        2. it's a japanese tuber root veggie called chorogi.

          crosnes taste somewhat similar to waterchestnuts, but their appearance look more like grubs and are a bit unappetizing to the uninitiated.

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          1. re: zinFAN

            Looks like both you and budlit are right. He says tomato and you say tomatoe.


            1. re: tony michaels

              According to the Japanese Wikipedia, chorogi came to Europe from China, presumably where Japan got it from as well. Here's the link for those who can read Japanese... (


              zinFAN and tony michaels, thanks for the information. That it had a Japanese name and also eaten in Japan is a very interesting finding...

          2. Thanks for posting this! This veggie was part of one of my tasty courses at Opus last week, and I could not remember what they were called. Mystery solved!