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Mar 9, 2008 04:25 PM

Marinated artichoke crowns?

Trader Joe's used to carry artichoke crowns marinated in olive oil and herbs. They were great...on a salad, in a panini, or just to put on an antipasto with olive, etc. They no longer carry them. Does anyone know where they might be avaiable, either in southern CA, online or at some chain market?

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  1. I don't think it's CROWNS...try looking for marinated artichoke HEARTS? :-)

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    1. re: OldDog

      No, marinated artichoke hearts are available all over, and are not what I am looking for. I want artichoke crowns which are the entire round meaty section of the artichoke beneath all of the leaves, and choke. They are delicious, round pieces of artichoke "meat" and are easy to eat and have no fibrous leaves. Although artichoke crowns are indeed somewhat available, the marinated crowns that were featured by Trader Joe's were wonderful, and it's a substitution for these that I am seeking.

      1. re: josephnl

        I agree, the crowns are quite different from hearts. Hearts come from small artichokes, the crowns from large ones, and are pure 'meat'. I don't recall seeing them anywhere else except Traders. I'm guessing they are a Spanish specialty. I wonder if one of the Spanish importers carries them. (La Tienda, Spanish Table).


    2. I've had those TJ artichoke crowns, and they were a terrific item!!!

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      1. re: scuzzo

        Good news!! TJ's has them back in stock!!!

      2. man, i've never heard of crowns, but i will BOLO at the tj's....

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        1. re: alkapal

          They're great. The crown is the entire "meaty" portion of the artichoke near the stem...the portion of the artichoke left when the leaves, stem and choke are removed. They terrific sliced into a salad, in a pasta, or I love them sliced on a panini with roasted red peppers and goat cheese.

          1. re: josephnl

            Ooh! I will look for them next time I'm at TJ's. Sounds good.