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Cardoons Puntarelle

George Jan 13, 2008 06:50 PM

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?

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  1. Bon Vivant RE: George Jan 13, 2008 07:24 PM

    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!


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      epop RE: George Jan 13, 2008 09:58 PM

      it grows like a weed and most gardeners dislike it for that reason. it can take over a hillside in no time.

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        FED RE: George Jan 14, 2008 01:16 PM

        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.

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          George RE: FED Jan 14, 2008 07:15 PM

          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.

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          msimone RE: George Oct 26, 2009 05:32 PM

          You can now buy Puntarelle at Sunland Produce in Sun Valley. The price is $1.99 LB. They will be available Oct-March. Phone 818 504-6629.

          For large quantaties call 818 535-8490

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            George RE: msimone Oct 26, 2009 06:44 PM

            I'm not on this board as often as I used to be, so checking in tonight, to see this old post resurface was a surprise. Thanks so much for the info. I am SO excited.

          2. Das Ubergeek RE: mjmarchini Mar 12, 2010 07:32 AM

            The Kroger Co. stores in Los Angeles are called Ralphs and Food4Less.

            1. Das Ubergeek RE: mjmarchini Mar 12, 2010 07:34 AM

              E-mail Sweredoski Farms (info@sweredoskifarms.com) -- it's the sort of thing that is right up their alley.

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