Spring is here, which means birds chirping, longer days, and — our favorite — colorful new vegetables. After a long winter, there is something almost magical about the revival of our favorite fresh ingredients. Explore a selection of new spring produce below:
The thistly artichoke may look intimidating, but the meaty edible flower buds are worth the effort to trim. Native to the sunny Mediterranean, the artichoke is a popular ingredient in Italy – and at Eataly. Our chefs like to prepare the versatile plant in a variety of ways: braised, baked, roasted, toasted – you name it!
Suggestion: Grill a whole artichoke and topp it with Fresno peppers, lemon oil and fresh mint.
Touted for its strong texture but delicate taste, the reappearance of the asparagus invokes spring. The herbaceous plant is one of our favorite ingredients, whether served on the side, incorporated in risotto or pasta, or offered as the main event of the meal.
Suggestion: Try topping grilled asparagus with a fried egg, Parmigiano Reggiano, and freshly-ground black pepper.
The spring pea’s sweet flavor and gentle crunch lends itself to almost any cooking method, from steaming on its own to pureeing it into a delicious filling or refreshing soup. We love to season any spring pea recipe with fresh mint for an especially light flavor combination.
Suggestion: Fill ravioli with spring peas, ricotta cheese, Pecorino Romano and mint. Pair with a light butter sauce. Each bite invokes a fresh breath of spring!
With a more mild and sweet flavor, the leek gives your dish a hint of spring without taking over the piatto. It’s also healthy and full av vitamins and minerals.
Suggestion: Fry the leek slowly in a pan with some butter until soft. Add risotto rice and vegetable broth and cook on a low heat. When the rice is done, and a table spoon mascarpone and add chopped walnuts. Eat and enjoy!
Tutte le verdure
As spring grows into full bloom, more and more vegetables will hit the shelves. Keep your eyes peeled for beets, radishes, fava beans, morel mushrooms, and beyond. There are countless ways to enjoy spring produce!
I samband med att våren kommer i full blom kommer fler och fler grönsaker till våra hyllor. Titta exempelvis efter betor, rädisor och bondbönor. Sätten att njuta av vårens säsongsvaror är oändliga!
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In the meantime, if you went a little crazy at the farmers’ market and have an abundance of spring produce on your hands, try pinzimonio, a simple shaved vegetable salad with a simple vinaigrette with extra virgin olive oil and balsam vinegar. The dish works for nearly tutte le verdure, or all of the vegetables.
Stop by our market to discover all the beautiful verdure spring brings. Buona primavera!