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February 2, 2014
Cardoon's in our markets

Cardoons are not a well know vegetable in the United States but a much loved one in Italy. California grows cardoons and they appear in our supermarkets in the winter months. The large heads are gray-green and resemble a cross between an artichoke and a giant head of celery. They won’t be crisp like celery, but should look fresh and feel heavy and moist. A rough rule of thumb is to buy 1 pound of cardoons for each two portions. To minimize discard, try to buy several lighter cardoon heads, 2 ½ pounds or under, rather than one big head, to get a greater proportion of slender, inner stalks. In any case, you’ll need to trim the stalks and parcook them before breading and frying them or baking them in the oven.