Wednesday, March 5, 2008


Agretti Seed Packet
You can find these vegetables, called agretti, in local stores now in Florence. We saw them in stores but thought it was wheat grass. How unsophisticated we are! Then we heard someone talking about them and figured out what they were. We then tried them. To prepare them we first removed the red part which can be time consuming. Then we parboiled for 10 minutes, drained, sautéed in a little olive oil and garlic for a few minutes. They were then served with a little lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper. They have a fairly mild taste. Reminded me a little of spinach.

Agretti is also called “roscana” or “barba di frate” (monk’s beard) and sometimes misspelled (I think) “barba di fratte” (which would translate to thicket beard, which doesn’t make sense). Here’s a site on preparing this vegetable and one on ordering the seeds.

1 comment:

  1. Yes, but do they have Big Macs there? Probably not. Losers.

    Mr. Wild Dingo is lamenting over the tastey Big Mac he ate today. I give up. My diet is nearly perfect. He eats Big Macs. And I have the health problem.


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