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Mar 24, 2012 10:16 AM

Going to Russo's, what is best right now?

I go to Russo's market in Watertown pretty regularly, but I never know which produce is at its peak or whats good when I'm there. Last week I bought a case of champagne mango's which were absolutely amazing, but the persimmons are definitely not at their peak any longer. Has anybody been wowed with anything there recently that considers it to be a "must buy"? I'm willing to buy anything out of the ordinary, which is half the fun of shopping there.

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  1. According to Conan, "crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentation of the women."

    Just was there today and got some spring onions, that appear to be very nice. Fennel has been surprisingly small and shrunken the last few times I've been there. And they do have ramps, which looked good, but I didn't grab any.

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    1. re: nsenada

      The ramps are usually pretty expensive, almost prohibitively so, but they are definitely worth a try at least once. Like a mix between a shallot and a chive, turned up to 11.

      Best quote ever. Also the first line that Ahnold spoke in the movie, so it had added oomph.

      1. re: Bob Dobalina

        Yes, I so rarely get the chance to use it (thanks, OP).

      2. re: nsenada

        And Grace Jones in the movie... AWESOME.

        1. re: StriperGuy

          She was actually in Conan the Destroyer, the sequel. But let's be honest - any Grace Jones appearance is a good one. She was the best thing in a View to a Kill.

          1. re: Bob Dobalina

            That's right...

            But she was AWESOME in that movie.

      3. I noticed that they also carry Kewpie mayo, so grabbed some of that, too.

        1. I usually stick to what looks good. I was there a couple weeks ago and got a couple amazing artichokes. Firm, heavy, w/ tight leaves. No bitterness in the stalks. I haven't gotten any this year but their cardoons have been good in the past.

          1. Does anyone know if fiddleheads are coming in yet? I figure with the "early spring" that they should start appearing about now.

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            1. re: tammyh

              I was just at Russo's today and didn't see any.

              1. re: tammyh

                Even in a regular spring, I rarely see them before May.

                1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                  at Russo's today - beautiful spring onions, dill, nice arugula - haven't tasted the mandarins but I bought a box - artichokes looked crappy, rainbow kale was lovely, lots of baby vegetables (carrots and beets).