Carciofo Romano

/kahr-CHYOH-foh roh-MAH-noh/
[Italian] plural Carciofi Romani

"Roman artichoke." Carciofo Romano is a variety of artichoke found in Rome. It is thornless, with purple-tinged green leaves tuck inward to form a compact and solid globe that hides the heart, nutty-flavored and totally without fuzz. It is used in the local dish carciofi alla giudea which uses the youngest, most tender, as they are eaten whole.

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