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May 16, 2010 04:18 AM


The biggest and freshest I've ever seen. Saturday at the Needham location.
As big as a large grapefruit and super fresh. Only .99 each.
They even have a 2-3" stem.


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  1. They had them at the Coolidge Corner location as well! Mmm

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    1. re: The_SBK

      OMG!! They were so huge and perfect it was almost food porn!

      I had several purchased elsewhere at home and I'm the only eater, so I passed reluctantly, but may be back to buy some.

    2. I grabbed three at the Boylston Street store in the Back Bay.


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      1. re: BostonZest

        had them in coolidge corner - have been cooking them almost every day. yum and what a great value.

        1. re: teezeetoo

          What have you made with them? I could use some artichoke inspiration!


          1. re: The_SBK

            I've just been steaming the big ones and enjoying them with some salt and butter.

            But let me know if you see tiny baby artichokes in the area because I just came back from brunch at Rocca and had the crispy artichokes. Tiny artichokes fried crisp with lots of lemon -- I skipped the dressing -- can't eat raw egg.

            I could become addicted to that dish and would love to try it at home but I need fresh baby artichokes.

            500 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118

            1. re: BostonZest

              I'm pretty sure that I saw packs of the baby artichokes at the Coolidge Corner TJs yesterday, give them a call.

              1. re: BostonZest

                Wilson Farms in Lexington had them last time I was there.

                Wilson Farm
                10 Pleasant St, Lexington, MA 02421

                1. re: BostonZest

                  Just saw them at Whole Foods Brighton today.

                2. re: The_SBK

                  The_SBK, you might want to consider doing a search or posting a new thread on the Homecooking Board. I'm sure you'll get lots of helpful ideas.

                  They had them at the Memorial Dr. TJ's yesterday.

                  1. re: bear

                    Thanks bear, good suggestion!

            2. I paid 2.99 ea for them at WF yesterday:-(. Someone told me that the center of the stem is the same as the heart. I'm making them now.

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              1. re: catsmeow

                I bought some of those from Whole foods last week at 2/$5 but they were a lot bigger than the ones I bought at TJs. There is some tender flesh in the stem but you have to work to get to it.


                1. re: BostonZest

                  I cut the stems off and steamed them seperately. After they were very soft, I cut them lengthwise a little off center and the center strip of yummy goodness came right out. It was about the size of a long cigarette

              2. Also at TJ's on Route 9 in Shrewsbury. They're huge.

                1. Got two at the Fresh Pond TJ's yesterday. They are humongous, and the "leaves" are on the small/tender side; their tips are hardly prickly at all. I haven't seen any artichokes approaching these for size and quality for quite a while.

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                  1. re: PinchOfSalt

                    Is it possible to stuff the globe type?