From product sourcing to the aperitif-dinner table, we work hand in hand with our producers for fair and sincere recipes, able to delight all palates without deviating from the basic rules of eating well. Each of our recipes showcases an exceptional product and its terroir.
And we love the artichoke so much that we put it at the heart of two of our recipes: Organic Fine Artichoke Cream and Grilled Artichoke Antipasti!
WHY PLACE ARTICHOKE AT THE HEART OF OUR RECIPES?
Artichoke is one of the ingredients that offer superior nutritional qualities and beneficial health effects. Champion in the fight against cellular aging, this descendant of thistle is above all the star of detox programs: it stimulates the liver and kidneys, promotes transit and facilitates the digestion of fats. From a nutritional point of view, the artichoke is good for you: rich in fibers and vitamins, it also helps restore healthy, luminous skin.
In the fields as well as on the stalls of the French and Italian markets, Artichoke has found its place and seduces us with its look of thistle peonies by adorning its beautiful green purple dress in summer!
GOURMET FLOWER OF SPRING
We have chosen to work around Artichoke with two producers who embody our Franco-Italian roots.
The grilled hearts at the base of our antipasti are cultivated in Piedmont while those delicately melted in Organic Fine Artichoke Cream are sourced not far from France, in Spain. These territories, protected from the wind that it fears, give Artichoke all the sunshine it craves. Their rich, well-drained soil is also ideal for its blooming in summer.
Sown in February, it is cautious and must be protected by straw. To taste it you have to wait until May. You can then enjoy it until October! If it is not tasted, the Artichoke gives us its beautiful colors by making a flower bloom: a star both on the ground and on the plate. And it is precisely this flower that shelters at its base the best of the artichoke, its tender heart.
WHICH ARTICHOKE DO WE USE IN OUR JARS?
Cousin of Thistle, Artichoke is the result of successive selections made by producers over the centuries, so much so that there are various varieties.
This herbaceous plant belongs to the Compositae or Asteraceae family because it produces flowers, called “Tubiflora”. It is particularly suited to the Mediterranean climate.
The artichoke can take on various appearances, more or less elongated, some varieties even have thorns and can reach up to 1.50m in height. Its size and colors are also variable: some are green while others tend purple green.
At the base of our Grilled Artichoke Antipasti in olive oil and our Organic Fine Artichoke Cream, we find the common artichoke Cynara cardunculus or Cynara scolymus. This variety has the particularity of being tinged with blue and purple when ripe.
Full of resources, its flower even contains a lactic acid which can be used as a ferment for milk!
Once the artichokes have been carefully harvested, our producers extract the best to put it in our recipes! Recipes that have heart, therefore, and prepared with care on both sides of the Alps.
To be continued, how we have chosen to treat you with the artichoke in all its aspects…
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