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Jun 24, 2011 10:44 AM

Name this vegetable?

I didn't know where to post this, so I apologize if it is in the wrong spot. I was served a vegetable yesterday and I have no idea what it was. It looked similar to the long stems of broccolini, dark green, but thinner and without any leaves or buds of any kind. It looked like a green branch with the texture of broccolini stems. It tasted brined in some way and was slightly salty and tasted closest to a cross between broccoli and scallions, but it was possible the brine was seasoned. I asked what they were and was told "hearts of palm" which I know they are not, since those are usually white and thicker, but anything's possible, I guess. Does anyone know what these are?

Thank you!

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    1. re: greygarious

      It was at Calcada which is right next to the NJ Performing Arts Center. It is casual American with a South-American influence. They bring you a basket of blanched vegetables to start- carrots, green beans, celery and this thing. It was thinner than broccolini and had no leaves or buds unless they were trimmed, which doesn't make sense to me. Thanks for your help :)

    2. broccolini aka Chinese broccoli

        1. Maybe it was pickled composte?

          (Kidding, of course).

          1. Greygarious' question is the first thing that popped into my mind, because a Korean restaurant I used to frequent in Chicago often served something that was very similar to your description.

            It was an accompaniment to barbecued meat, and not mentioned or named on the menu (whose English translations were pretty sketchy to begin with). The restaurant staff were able only to give me the Korean name of the vegetable, which I've forgotten, but am now re-motivated to try to find again.