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Marinated artichoke crowns?

josephnl Mar 9, 2008 04:25 PM

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. OldDog RE: josephnl Mar 9, 2008 05:07 PM

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

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      josephnl RE: OldDog Mar 9, 2008 09:38 PM

      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.

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        paulj RE: josephnl Mar 9, 2008 09:52 PM

        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).


        1. re: paulj
          OldDog RE: paulj Mar 9, 2008 10:01 PM

          I stand corrected. :-)


    2. scuzzo RE: josephnl Mar 10, 2008 07:52 AM

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

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      1. re: scuzzo
        josephnl RE: scuzzo May 20, 2008 09:24 AM

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

      2. alkapal RE: josephnl May 20, 2008 12:05 PM

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

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          josephnl RE: alkapal May 20, 2008 01:16 PM

          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.

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            NYCkaren RE: josephnl May 20, 2008 02:09 PM

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

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