Take fennel and artichoke, for example: here in Holland I always have to demonstrate how to clean them and what to use or throw away because most people have never had the chance (or the courage) to actually “tackle” some of these wonderful veggies.
So if you can’t clean small Italian and French artichokes (for the big French ones we’ll need another video since they’re quite different…) not to worry! Nicoletta and Cime di Rapa come to your rescue! :)
Just watch this video, grab a bunch of beautiful Violets from France or small artichokes from Liguria or Puglia and gorge on them after cleaning them perfectly well!
I love to eat them raw, very thinly sliced, simply "dressed" with extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper and lemon juice.
You can of course stew or bake them too, they always remain the most wonderful veggie on Earth!