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Feb 10, 2008 10:53 AM

Where can I find cardoon in SF?

Are there any stores that sell cardoon?


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  1. 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

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

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

        1. re: rworange

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

          1. re: chemchef

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

            1. re: lmarie

              Do you know the season for cardoon?

              1. re: Kosmonaut

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

            2. re: chemchef

              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

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

            3. 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.

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

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                1. re: peppatty

                  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