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Frozen Artichoke Hearts

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SusanB Nov 13, 2008 12:45 PM

Any idea where I can buy these in Toronto? Preferably somewhere in the city - we're in Leslieville. Thanks.

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    Tatai Nov 13, 2008 03:14 PM

    Middle Eastern stores usually carry them. Try Nasr Foods on Lawrence in Scarborough.

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      zengirl18 Nov 13, 2008 05:04 PM

      I have been able to purchase them at the Loblaws on St Clair near Bathurst.

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        Kagemusha Nov 14, 2008 03:39 AM

        I've bought them from Loblaws and Highland Farms. Look 'em over, though. They don't exactly fly out of the case and are often badly freezer burned.

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      embee Nov 14, 2008 03:39 AM

      I've never seen them in Leslieville or anywhere nearby. As mentioned, you can get them at Nasr (I was there yesterday - several brands are in stock), Arz, or most decently stocked Middle Eastern stores. Be prepared for disappointment, though. Most that I've tried either had little taste or didn't taste good.

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        1sweetpea Nov 14, 2008 06:29 AM

        Be careful what you buy. I bought some artichoke hearts at Nasr once and they were completely freezer-burned. I thought they looked a bit chalky, but I didn't know any better. Really dig around in the freezer and compare bags. Buy the bag that has the least amount of "snow" in it and the artichokes look vibrant in colour.

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          pescatarian Nov 14, 2008 06:37 AM

          I bought frozen artichokes once, and I agree with Embee, they were completely devoid of flavour and I love artichokes. I'd take the soft ones from the can any day over the frozen (if I didn't have time to fuss with the fresh ones).

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        SusanB Nov 14, 2008 06:40 AM

        Thanks everyone. I'll give it a try - I've heard that they aren't as flavourful, but I know I can't be bothered with fresh ones. I'll try the stores mentioned - thanks again.

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