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Where can I find cardoon in SF?

Kosmonaut Feb 10, 2008 10:53 AM

Are there any stores that sell cardoon?


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    xanadude Feb 10, 2008 11:38 AM

    Alemany Farmers Mkt on this Saturday morning had nice looking cardoons (the stand north of where the cars come in). They were gigantic bunches for $4.

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    1. re: xanadude
      Kosmonaut Feb 12, 2008 10:31 AM

      I must have missed it - I got there a bit late (noon) so they probably had left by then. Darn!

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      chemchef Feb 10, 2008 12:11 PM

      Saturday Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market is where I've always gotten them.

      1. rworange Feb 10, 2008 01:39 PM

        Whole Foods

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          chemchef Feb 11, 2008 06:20 AM

          Which ones have you seen them at? I haven't seen them at my local Whole Foods (Ashby & Telegraph, Berkeley).

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            lmarie Feb 11, 2008 06:56 AM

            Chemchef: Monterey Market in Berkeley normally carries cardoon in season.

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              Kosmonaut Feb 12, 2008 10:31 AM

              Do you know the season for cardoon?

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                Robert Lauriston Feb 12, 2008 10:51 AM

                In Europe they're traditionally a winter vegetable, but they can be and are grown year-round in California.

            2. re: chemchef
              rworange Feb 11, 2008 06:58 AM

              I've seen them recently at both the Whole Foods Oakland. In the past I've seen them at the Whole Foods on California Street.

              By recently, I mean somewhere between my first visit to the Oakland store a few months ago and today. A little market near me in EL Cerrito was selling organic cardoons for 49 cents and the price of cardoons at Whole Foods made me stop and catch my breath. I wonder if there is cardoon season since I haven't seen them at Giovanni's since late fall.

              1. re: chemchef
                nerdigrrl Feb 12, 2008 08:35 AM

                East Bay: I've also seen them at Dan's Produce on Oak and Central in Alameda.

            3. Robert Lauriston Feb 11, 2008 08:01 AM

              Knoll Farms at the Saturday Ferry Plaza market, but get there early. They have them all year.


              I've seen overgrown, non-organic ones at Monterey Market, Berkeley Bowl, and some other farmers' markets such as Alemany, but they don't have good flavor or texture.

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                peppatty Feb 11, 2008 08:58 AM

                Lunardi's usually has it. The closest to SF is San Bruno, at skyline near Millbrae.

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                  Nancy Berry Feb 12, 2008 06:51 AM

                  There's also a Lunardi's on El Camino, just south of the Millbrae/Burlingame border.

                  Lunardi Foods
                  1825 El Camino Real, Burlingame, CA 94010

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