The artichoke is the “prince” of Roman cuisine and definitely deserves a special praise this season.
many plants, known since ancient times, have spread to a double value, the food and the medicine, as in the case of the artichoke.
Beloved variety by Romans are the typical Roman artichokes, named “Cimaroli”, typical ones that come on the main branches of the bush.
From every branch that it collects only one who has the distinction of being the biggest and tender side ones.
During our food tour of Rome will taste this special vegetable alla Giudia (Jewish style).
A famous Roman chorus says “these are artichokes, slender-stemmed and sapor tasty, called in Roman dialect” pure amazement, “soothe the crazy and greedy, give prestige and pride to gastronomy, reconcile the bride with the groom, tamed the most harpy mother-in-law, and at lunch, at dinner in the house and tavern, gold crisp, delicious sake of all, these are the artichokes.
More interested in the history of artickokes?
Some botanists believe that the plant arrived in Europe by the Arabs, this view is corroborated by the fact that the term “Artichoke” derives from the Arabic word “Karshuf” .
According to others, the plant was known to the ancient Egyptians and then spread already in the classical world.
Some ancient texts indicate the medicinal Roman artichoke as originating from Sicily and referred to by its Latin name Cynara.
Anyway the real fortune and popularity of artichokes but beginning in the 16th century. One of the alleged medicinal properties of the artichoke seems to have been to be a powerful aphrodisiac.
However, the beneficial properties of artichoke are many, contains substances for cleansing the liver, is an excellent diuretic, rich in vitamins and revitalizing.
During the Renaissance, he established the cult for artichokes in Rome, so much so that at the height of the season was celebrated a festival called “the carciofolata.” Currently, the festival takes place even close to the area of greatest production of the Roman artichoke Ladispoli, but lost the mood of the ancient event.