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GJWhite Jan 26, 2008 09:45 PM

Anyone know where I might be able to find a market selling zucchini flowers around the West LA area? Or, more generally, any good Italian markets in LA?

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    ebethsdad RE: GJWhite Jan 26, 2008 10:47 PM

    This isn't the season for them yet, but come spring any Farmers' Market will carry them. I get them from several different vendors at the Studio City Market. You will be able to get them at the Santa Monica, Hollywood, or Beverly Hills markets. Just be patient.

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      SauceSupreme RE: ebethsdad Jan 27, 2008 12:26 AM

      I've seen them even going into the late summer, but yeah, you've gotta wait until the spring shows up (they are flowers, after all).

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        Das Ubergeek RE: ebethsdad Jan 27, 2008 09:44 AM

        Not West LA but the vemdor at the extreme west (?) end of the UCI farmers' market always -- ALWAYS -- has them, and they're far and away the very best quality I've ever seen -- including in Italy.

        And at $1 for 5-7 blossoms (they have both male and female blossoms) it's a good deal.

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          George RE: Das Ubergeek Jan 27, 2008 10:16 AM

          Plummers Park farmer's market, West Hollywood, Monday mornings, vendor who sells heirloom tomatos, baby squash and baby carrots, turnips and arugula, toward the extreme west end of the market, almost always has the flowers, even now in Winter (his farm is from near San Diego). Sometimes sold with the zucchinis attached, sometimes, the male flowers (the ones you want to be eating) are sold from a giant box or bag of them alone. These are the ones to snag.

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        Alan408 RE: GJWhite Jan 27, 2008 10:08 AM

        I am in the San Jose area of California, I saw zucchini blossoms 2 weeks ago in a local supermarket (2 locations, not a chain), so they are available. They were in plastic boxes, maybe 4 to a box, I don't remember the price.

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          neilnewman RE: GJWhite Jan 27, 2008 10:43 AM

          Why bother cooking 'em when you can just venture in to La Pergola in Sherman Oaks, and order them up hot 'n' fresh! They grow their own about 2 blocks away in a private organic garden!

          Of course, they may not be in season so best to call the restaurant ahead of time.

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            fat kitty RE: GJWhite Jan 27, 2008 11:16 AM

            Not westside, but the farmers market in S. Pasadena (Thursdays from about 3 - 7) almost always has them. The vendor is at the eastern end of the market.

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