Living in Italian: Peasant Vegetables

Italians are known for growing fresh fruits and vegetables, and taking them right from the garden to the kitchen! Fruits and vegetables are most nutrient dense when they are in season. Dandelion and chicory greens can grow wild and are known as foraging greens. Learn more about the peasant veggies I use most!

Peasant Nutrition RX:

  • Zucchini & Zucchini Flowers-- are filled with Vitamin A and Vitamin C, which helps balance your mood, in addition to magnesium and potassium, electrolytes which keep your heart healthy!

  • Dandelion Greens-- are a natural liver detoxifier. The calcium and iron in this leafy green is great for vegetarians.

  • Escarole --contains vitamins that maintain strong bones along with iron, which boosts the immune system.

  • Cicoria-- contains polyphenols and anti-oxidants that lower inflammation in the body and slows aging.

Fresh Ingredient Tips:

  1. Bread zucchini flowers for a healthier fritter recipe.

  2. Spiralize zucchini to make a refreshing pasta replacement.

  3. Use dandelion greens in your next pesto or smoothie recipe, or mix it in with your salad!

  4. Steam escarole and use it as a fresh addition in you next fall soup!

See Fiorella's Escarole with Kalamata Olives or Spicy Escarole recipe for even more ideas!

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