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George | Jun 30, 2006 08:31 PM

Another question for LA hounds: I need something to go with my carbonara (see posting from last night). I love my local farmers market (the small one in Plummer Park, West Hollywood, Mondays), and find a plethora of bitter greens especially from Asian farmers, many of which remain nameless for me but make their way to my kitchen and belly.

But I am wondering if anyone has encountered anyone growing and selling puntarelle in Los Angeles. This is a famous Roman salad green, related to chicory I think, and perhaps seasonal to the colder weather months. The Romans soak it in ice water so that it curls up like wayward spaghetti, or pig's tails, and crisp and delicious it is bathed in a garlic and anchoivy dressing. It is one of my other favorite things.

Before I moved here from NY, some had started to sell it in the Union Square farmers market, and some Manhattan restaurants had started to serve it, making my foraging trips to Bensonhurst a thing of the past. I figure someone has to be growing this in California?

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