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Mystery green

madison244 | Oct 31, 2004 01:33 PM

I bought some greens at the Union Sq greenmarket (in nyc) yesterday and now can't remember what they are called - I'd like to read up on them, so if anyone can help name them it would be much appreciated.

They came in a bunch, with long thin stalks and long almost dandelion like leaves. I was initially intrigued by teh sign next to them which read "real [the name of the greens]" - as if they're usual counterfeit.

I picked up a bunch and asked the guy at the stand how I should prepare them. He said, very seriously, "you shouldn't buy them unless you know what you're going to do with them" and then went on to describe how I'd need to take the center part of the stalk near the base of the bunch (reserving the leaves for another use), slice it very thinly into 1-inch strips (he mentioned that traditionally some folks use a razor to get the strips extra thin), soak the stpris in a glass of salted water for a few hours/day and then drain and serve with a vinaigrette and anchovies on top.

Does this ring a bell for anyone?

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