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

cgfan Feb 4, 2007 08:54 AM

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!

  1. bigsleep Mar 26, 2007 12:44 PM

    On another topic - your flickr photos have a burger from January titled Shack Burger. Where is that? Is that a hot dog on top? It looks fantastic. I initially thought Shake Shack - but they were closed in January and the onions are wrong as well as the wrapper.

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      bigsleep Mar 26, 2007 01:01 PM

      nevermind - I figured it out. I'll go try it. Shack Burger - but I'll see if they'll add ortega green chiles to that.

      1. re: bigsleep
        cgfan Mar 26, 2007 01:37 PM

        bigsleep: This was my first Shack Burger (http://www.flickr.com/photos/akatayama/378591511/in/photostream/ ), which I heard about from a friend of mine. The Shack is located on Wilshire Blvd., somewhere off of the 405. Apparently they have an additional location. The burger was very good, and I was pleasantly surprised...

        You have a keen eye for detail. The thing you spotted which was so unique about this burger (and I was not too sure about until I actually tried it), is what I believe to be a polish sausage in the middle of the whole thing. Definitely a fix for those late night greasy burger needs - a very satisfying burger.

        Is there a Shake Shack in SoCal now? I may be inferring too much from your original post. The only one I know of is the one in NYC in Madison Square Park (http://www.flickr.com/photos/akatayam... ).

    2. Drehound Mar 26, 2007 10:25 AM

      Crosnes were still at the Sunday SM Farmers Market yesterday. They are delicious sauteed with white truffle oil!!!!!!

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      1. re: Drehound
        glutton Mar 26, 2007 12:30 PM

        And they were still at the Saturday SM farmer's market (on Arizona/3rd)

      2. d
        Diana Feb 5, 2007 10:48 AM

        They're great sauteed, baked, boriled, braised, or raw. Lovely little grubby things. Are they still sold at the SM farmers's market?

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          cgfan Feb 5, 2007 11:23 AM

          Well it was just this past Sunday when I picked mine up at SM's Sunday market on Main St..

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            glutton Feb 5, 2007 03:23 PM

            I've been seeing them at the Saturday SM market (3rd/Arizona), too.

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            diningdivala Feb 5, 2007 01:35 AM

            I went absolutely bonkers for (and kept asking the name of and kept forgetting the name of) crosnes at Guy Savoy in Vegas recently. Surprisingly, they made an appearance in two or three dishes (some of the dishes were repetitive), and while I thought they were Jerusalem artichokes, which I also had for the first time recently, they said no, they were crosnes. They didn't taste like water chestnuts to me; the texture was more like a potato. Maybe a potato crossed with a water chestnut... but they came with other roasted winter vegetables, and i really loved them. yes, the shape is a little odd; yes they resemble grubs. but so interesting!

            Thanks for reminding me of it! Now, maybe I'll pick some up at the market...

            1. Skorgirl Feb 5, 2007 12:23 AM

              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!

              1. z
                zinFAN Feb 4, 2007 05:17 PM

                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
                  tony michaels Feb 4, 2007 05:28 PM

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


                  1. re: tony michaels
                    cgfan Feb 4, 2007 10:27 PM

                    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... (http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%83%8...


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

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                  budlit Feb 4, 2007 09:24 AM

                  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
                    cgfan Feb 4, 2007 09:29 AM

                    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. tony michaels Feb 4, 2007 09:00 AM

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

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                    1. re: tony michaels
                      cgfan Feb 4, 2007 09:24 AM

                      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. cgfan Feb 4, 2007 08:56 AM

                      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...

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