Elda explained that the vegetable grew wild in the area and that it is generally eaten in risotto or a frittata or as a side dish. But before you can eat it, you have to pick it! Jason and Elda did the dirty work while Charlie and I picked flowers below.
Once we had bags and bags of greens, Elda explained how to pluck off the leaves and then sent us on our way with an enormous bag of the stuff!
You can see what the veggie looks like at the end of this little video:
And here it is once we picked it off the stalk:
Here it is again once Jason sautéed it in some olive oil (as per Elda's suggestion):
Though he cooked it up the greens as Elda suggested, he served it in a very non-Italian dish of lamb and hummus. It was delicious!
The veggie was very mild and vaguely spinach-like. I have to say, our favourite part of it was picking it in the gorgeous Italian countryside!
PS: Jason also made this amazing focaccia bread for dinner that night. We sampled something similar while in Italy, but I have to say that Jason's was better!