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Artichoke, the vegetable – flower that represent Italian cuisine

16/02/16

Fantastic ingredient for foodies: the artichoke, a flower in your plate

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The artichoke is one of the most characteristic and representative vegetables of Italian cuisine, even according to great chefs like Niko Romito.

Understanding why is simple: the artichoke fully expresses the Italian spirit. Natural, tasty, exquisite... it represents Italian passion and beauty with its versatility and a complex flavor, which is both sweet and bitter.

These special features also led the poet Pablo Neruda to create an ode to the artichoke, which describes it as a warrior vegetable with a peaceful and tender heart. 

What's more, the artichoke is a surprise. The artichoke is not actually a vegetable, but a flower.

And like a flower, it must be treated gently - even on the table. Even foodies who are more accustomed to the taste of complex dishes know that the plant expresses its full purity and goodness in recipes that highlight its unique taste with simplicity.