Saturday, December 26, 2009
My long-awaited carduna article is now online. Now I understand that most of you can't get too excited about something that tastes kind of like an artichoke stem but has a tough stalk and doesn't even grow in most places. It's esoteric, I know. But in most of Sicily, and also in Calabria and other parts of Italy - as well as Spain - cardoon stalks make their annual debut in December, to great applause from those of us who love this most Mediterranean of vegetables. Outside the Med it's a gourmet thing, and I won't be surprised if someday it becomes the next arugula. Time will tell.