It's spring and nature is a a bloomin' bonanza! We love what that means in terms of tasty buds. Flower buds! And we've got them packed for you in jars!
Yes, some flower buds are edible and we happen to be in love with two of them: capers and artichokes. Both plants are abundant in the Mediterranean and used prominently in Pugliese cuisine.
Capers plants grow wild nearly everywhere you look and add gorgeous dramatic flare when they flow spontaneously out of the natural nooks and crannies typical of limestone walls. When they bloom, the soft white trio of petals offer up wild pink shoots from their center. But before they bloom, their buds are prized for adding extra flare to just about any dish. Families typically preserve their own capers in olive oil, vinegar, or most commonly, salt; and children are often asked to pick the buds much to their delight. The added saltiness or acidity that capers add to a dish add a "special touch" without overwhelming the main ingredients.
Believe it or not, artichokes are also flower buds - gigantic ones! The "leaves" or petals are edible and the center or heart is often the most prized part of the bud. In Puglia, artichoke hearts are commonly preserved in extra virgin olive oil, maintaining their tenderness and buttery qualities.
Le Sorelle is so happy to offer these two culinary treasures. Our Basil and Caper Pate' is an exceptional combination of sweet basil and salty capers, a perfect topping for grilled meat or fish. And our artichokes add warm, buttery notes to salads, pizzas, pasta dishes; or can be pureed to make an exceptional dip.
Buon appetito! And Happy Spring!