Cardoons may be new to you, but they’re an ancient vegetable. Looking like a tatty bundle of celery, the taste, I tell you, is pure artichoke.
Category: What’s at the farmers’ markets
Our favourite way with zucchini flowers is stuffed and fried (anything fried at our place is a no-brainer!). Goat’s cheese seasoned with lemon and herbs or with anchovies, a spicy almondy chilli paste, and a fresh pea puree lightened with mascarpone are three ways we like, but the possibilities are endless. Just keep the filling light and don’t over-fill the flowers.
Sweet corn is at its sweetest when just picked.
Beware of out of season beans sold in tinted plastic bags – it’s a scam to enhance their green colour.
Beans and beer in the afternoon.