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ISO celtuce AKA asparagus lettuce or wosun

Anyone spotted it recently, either in a market or restaurant? I've only noticed it in a produce market on Stockton in Chinatown, and their selection wasn't healthy looking. I haven't had luck in some of the bigger Asian supermarkets in SF.

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  1. Not sure of the season but I got some at the Civic Center farmer's market a month or so ago.

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    1. re: bigwheel042

      Thanks! Before I realized it was something I'd eaten before outside the Bay Area, I had noticed it at a few more places. I hope the local season hasn't ended-- it's great stuff!

    2. You might email Commis and ask them who they buy it from.

      1. I saw it a few weeks ago in one of the smaller produce shops on Irving. Maybe around 22nd or 23rd Avenue.

        I have not seen it recently at the farmers markets recently, though I haven't been paying super close attention.

        1. Several months ago, maybe last year, we had it at South Legend Sichuan in Milpitas... Quite tasty.

          http://www.southlegend.com/4436.html

          1. It's perhaps too early for this, but has this ever been spotted at a restaurant this year?

            1. I saw it today at one of the spill into the sidewalk produce markets in Oakland Chinatown. On 8th St. btw Harrison and Webster, south side of the street. $1.29/lb I've never used it before, so I don't know exactly how to assess quality. It looked a tad droopy, but the topknot of leaves was green if a bit wilty. The cut base was maybe 2" in diameter and looked freshly cut, neither dry nor crusty. Had I not been on the way to work, I'd have bought some to try cooking at home. What's the consensus, raw or cooked?

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              1. re: calny

                Yay! Their appearance is good news and I'm glad you asked about how to gauge quality. I've started a thread on the Home Cooking board so that we may get more responses about choosing celtuse and how to prepare it: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/969170

                Despite tons of high quality Asian greens, celtuce was not available at the Alemany Farmer's Market in SF this weekend. SF finds are desired.

                1. re: hyperbowler

                  It's been at several places in Oakland Chinatown. The best I've seen/bought have been at Yet Sun Market. On weekends, they've been fat and even, and with fresh leaves at the end of the stalk.

                  Yet Sun Market
                  397 8th St
                  Oakland, CA 94607
                  b/t Franklin St & Webster St in Oakland Chinatown

                  The celtuse I've seen at big supermarkets (Lion in Newark and Marina Market in San Mateo) have been lousy.

                  1. re: hyperbowler

                    I bought some at Sunset Super the other day in SF. Not too thick, but firm and fresh. I think it was $1.20 per lb

              2. Spotted this morning, fresh as can be for 99¢ per pound in SF Chinatown at New Louie's, 1213 Stockton St.