Spigariello

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  1. koukouvagia

    koukouvagia

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    Just found some at a specialty market.  It wasn't too expensive so I got it just to try some.  Apparently it's a dark leafy plant that is a lot like broccoli and kale and is not bitter.  Was thinking just blanching it and then sauteing with garlic and chili flakes. 
     
  2. siduri

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    Sounds good Koukouvagia - the way i usually do all leafy vegetables.  I never heard of spigariello though, so I looked it up and they say it's used a lot in Puglia.  There they do a lot of pasta dishes with vegetables, and they might probably boil it with the pasta in the same water and then put the whole thing drained into the oil, garlic and red pepper.  They would probably use those orechiette (little ears) with this. 
     
  3. koukouvagia

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    Spigariello has a very deep dark color, like kale and it's very pretty.  It looks bitter which is why I picked it up but it turns out it has a very mild flavor much like broccoli but a sturdier texture.  I blanched it and then sauteed it with canellini beans, onions, garlic and chili flakes.  It did not need the onion at all, the onion made it very sweet but we enjoyed the dish a lot.  I'm always looking for an interesting green weed /img/vbsmilies/smilies/licklips.gif
     
  4. michaelga

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    Cool - never heard of it or seen it...

    ... I wonder if I can grow it - more non-bitter greens are always great.

    (I like bitter greens but the wife and daughter don't... i'm always having to hide them in food)
     
  5. koukouvagia

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    You're in luck, I hear that spigariello is much easier to grow than regular broccoli.
     
  6. durangojo

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    Michael,

    hope you have a big garden space as not only is broccoli spigarello easy to grow, it is very, very prolific as well!  a gardener friend once filled up a 50# feed bag for me and it barely made a noticeable dent in his garden.  he is of course the consummate gardener, so that helps...it is a wonderful and versatile green,and soo not bitter....don't think you will have any trouble getting your family to eat this nor will have to 'hide' it...they may actually clamor for it!!!!!......one can only hope with children eh?

    joey
     
  7. michaelga

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    That is great news - now to find some seed or a nursery with starter plants.

    Not that I'm anywhere near planting season .... 8inches of snow fell yesterday... blah.
     
  8. durangojo

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    Michael,

    i sooo do not miss the winter or the snow this year. The same system that dropped 8" at your house in Canada, dropped 20"at mine in Colorado.  out here on California's central coast temps have been upper 60's to low 70's and EVERYTHING is blooming...achoo!, but id'd rather sneeze than shovel!

    kuna matata, spring and planting season will soon come for you....surely just around the corner...

    joey
     
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  9. koukouvagia

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    My toddler loves most vegetables but I have a hard time trying to get him to eat dark leafy greens.  He ate up the spigariello though.