Lobster Mushrooms and Elephant Garlic

Nature seems to have a greener thumb on the west coast. Our visits to Pike Place Market in Seattle and the Ferry Building Marketplace in San Francisco confirmed this with some extraordinary finds. If you like garlic you’ll love the elephant variety, as big as a your fist. And lobster mushrooms may look like the crustacean, but taste like a particularly meaty and textured mushroom. Everything seems to grows bigger and more colorfully in this benign climate. Driving through Castro, California we were informed that we had entered the artichoke capital of the world. Outside one restaurant we saw a six foot wooden artichoke; the real thing is just slightly smaller.

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