Lazio PGI Roman Artichoke [Carciofo Romanesco del Lazio IGP]
The Lazio PGI Roman Artichoke is a typical product of various areas of Lazio, including the Pontine Plain and specifically the territories of Pontinia and Priverno.
Since 2002, it has been awarded the PGI mark and therefore its requirements and characteristics have been laid down in a special production specification. They have a spherical and compact shape, slightly elongated and with a characteristic hole at the tip. The leaves have an ashy green colour with shades tending towards violet and a soft texture. They are free of thorns and have a sweet and pleasant taste.
It is rich in mineral salts, vitamins C and K and the active ingredient "Cynarin", which facilitates diuresis and digestion. A precious ally for health.
It is a vegetable with a long history and has occupied a prestigious place in Latium gastronomy since the late Renaissance. Ideal for an endless number of recipes and can be cooked in a thousand different ways: try it fried, battered and au gratin or together with pasta and risottos. As a side dish, it is perfect with any meat or fish dish. It should absolutely be tried as tradition dictates: “alla giudia” fried in oil with the stem up, “alla romana” cooked over a low heat and seasoned with breadcrumbs, garlic, mint, pepper and plenty of oil, or raw sliced and seasoned with oil, lemon and slivers of mature cheese. They really make your mouth water.