The countryside is the wild home to all manner of plants and flowers, many of them naturally homegrown and cost nothing more than the time needed to find and pick them.

In Podere Borgo di Vigoleno®, according with family traditions, one of the most used during this season of the year is Dandelion (aka italian “Dente di Leone”) that I can find abundantly in all open grassy spaces.

I use the young leaves to make a tasty and nutritious fresh vegetable salad or I cook them mixed with spinach or at what I call “The grandma’s way”, this is the recipe:

I use a olive oil with a bit of garlic and 3 or 4 anchovies in a non-stick skillet and one the garlic has become flavorful I add the dandelion leaves. I cook them from 3 to 5 minutes on medium-high until they’re nicely wilted and once they’re done I sprinkle, just a bit, of high quality salt and Parmesan cheese.

Teste it and Buon appetito and don’t forget that homegrown food in not only fashionable but helps reduce carbon emissions and save Earth.