I was at the West Hollywood (Fairfax/SantaMonica) Whole Foods this morning, and they had cardoons (labeled in Italian, "cardoni").
Just wanted to let everyone know.
I have never seen cardoons in LA before, and so bought a bunch and while they are a bit of work just finished eating them: completely delicious.
My grandfather used to pick them from the empty lot next to the house where I grew up. However even at Whole Foods, they are not expensive to buy.
So now this has me thinking of other Italian rareties.
I've posted on this before: Has anyone seen anyone selling anywhere "puntarelle" in LA?
Roman salad green, related to chicory.
Here is a photo:
Here is a blog coming out of SF where it is discussed, I guess you can buy it up there.
I literally dream about this green, dressed with anchovies and garlic....
I'm thinking about applying for a patch in the nearby community garden so I can start to grow it. But has anyone seen it? Anywhere?