Monday, May 17, 2010

Everyday differences in Puglia: market vegetables

We like to support our local farmers' market and buy food that does not suffer from jet lag. 

The last time we went to Wandsworth Town farmers' market the veg du jour were sprouts and parsnips. When we went to Locorotondo market it was fava beans (broad beans in English) and artichokes. I know which have more appeal. 

Globe Artichoke (Cynara cardunculus)
Globe Artichoke (Cynara cardunculus)

I have never been sure how to prepare artichokes. By the time I have trimmed away the outer leaves to get at the heart the pathetic inner core in no way resembles those served up as part of the antipasti. 

Mary took the opportunity of her sabbatical to watch Zia and Carol showing her how to tackle this problematical vegetable and have a go herself. Of course we will now have to wait till next spring to put into practice this new found knowledge as by the time of of next visit some other veg will be in season.    

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