At La Grand Epicerie yesterday I was dutifully getting my bananas weighed in the produce section. Next to the scale there was a mound of what looked to me like petrified maggots.
Is your mouth watering yet?
Without gagging, and masking the astonished horror in the back of my throat, I calmly asked the serveuse about them.
"Ce sont des crosnes," she replied matter-of-factly. Noting my interest, she added enthusiastically, "They are somewhat of a specialty item in France; they taste a bit like artichoke, but you cook them like a potato. The are appreciated by gourmets, but are somewhat rare, which is why they are priced at this level."
Which was €39.95 per kilo.
You only live (or die) once, so I took the plunge and asked for une poignée -- a handful.
Guess what I'm having for dinner tonight?
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