I was at the West Hollywood (Fairfax/SantaMonica) Whole Foods this morning, and they had cardoons (labeled in Italian, "cardoni").
Just wanted to let everyone know.
I have never seen cardoons in LA before, and so bought a bunch and while they are a bit of work just finished eating them: completely delicious.
My grandfather used to pick them from the empty lot next to the house where I grew up. However even at Whole Foods, they are not expensive to buy.
So now this has me thinking of other Italian rareties.
I've posted on this before: Has anyone seen anyone selling anywhere "puntarelle" in LA?
Roman salad green, related to chicory.
Here is a photo:
Here is a blog coming out of SF where it is discussed, I guess you can buy it up there.
I literally dream about this green, dressed with anchovies and garlic....
I'm thinking about applying for a patch in the nearby community garden so I can start to grow it. But has anyone seen it? Anywhere?
I've seen it at Claro's but that was quite a while ago so I don't know if they still have it (if not they might be able to get it for you.)
I buy dandelion greens each week at the Hollywood Farmers Market. I get bigger leaves, for blanching and sauteeing, but I've seen younger, smaller shoots at one stand. You could probably talk to one of the growers and maybe he/she can get it for you.
Punterelle dressed with garlic and anchovies is the best!
puntarelle are really hard to find. i know of only one grower i california (aside from Andy, obviously). He's an Italian guy who grows a lot of radicchio up in Salinas and a few other places. he keeps a couple of plots of puntarelle going during the winter, basically just because he likes it (i think he sells most of it in japan!). the last time i heard from him, he said that all'Angelo was doing puntarelle some Wednesday nights. might be worth giving them a call.
Thanks for this information. I've emailed All'Angelo. I have a reservation there coming up, my first visit, anyway.
Puntarelle had caught on in NYC, a little bit, before I moved here four years ago. They were selling them in Union Square market. Wonder what we can do to get them to catch on here.