misticanza_prova, originally uploaded by the weed one.

Ok, this is a local recipe from where you are at the moment, on the outskirts of Rome.
Although there’s nothing new about turning available spring goodness into a salad, this take on it is the localized version.
They use over here pretty much everything that grows and is edible in the herbs department, so much that the ‘cicoria di campo’ term is given to at least 3 different species ( you can testfy for it, a you went collecting bag full of the greenery and was surprise to find out the farmer’s wife was collecting under the same name totally different species, all resembling dandelions somewhat, but with different inflorescence. You still cannot name them, still looking for a proper reading of this ‘cicoriacee’. All edible though, you trust the farmers wife no end, they might be called whatever, the true is they are alike, however botany purists want top put it.

So here the recipe in english, and below in the original version, to just be true to where it is from.

MISTICANZA (mixed bag)

Le greens are not always the same, and change according to availability.
‘Cicoria di campo’ (see above)
Crespigno (sonchus spp)
Caccialepre (no idea yet for the scientific name)
Cresta di Gallo (amaranthacee?)
Dente di leone (taraxacum)
Pimpinella (Poterium sanguisorba)

ok, this is gonna be slow
you post this for now and finish it after dinner


Le verdure non sono sempre le stesse e cambiano a seconda della stagione e della disponibilita’.
La misticanza è un misto di varie verdure domestiche e selvatiche crude consumate in insalata. Nella misticanza entrano prima fra tutte la cicoria di campo, poi il crespigno (o crespino o lattuca pungente), il caccia-lepre, la cresta di gallo, il dente di leone (o pisciacane o tarassaco), la pimpinella, i raponzoli (o rapenzoli), l’erba noce (o erba s. pietro), la cipiccia (lattughetta o radicchiello), la valerianella (dolcetta), la papala (pianta di papavero), il cordone del frate, l’orecchio d’asino, l’indivia, l’erbanoce, la porcellana, la rughetta e i cuori di lattuga.

About info

Diego Bonetto is a multimedia artist living and practicing in Sydney, Australia, and is a key member of artists' collectives SquatSpace and the BigFAGPress. -The SquatSpace collective has been producing ground-breaking events and projects since 2000. The group has been curated in a number of shows both in Australia and overseas. The current initiatives, the Redfern-Waterloo Tour of beauty (www.squatspace.com/redfern) tackle issues of social representation and the politics of space generated by gentrification. -The BigFagPress (BFP) is a publishing facility housed in Wooloomooloo, Sydney. The BFP is a salvaged 4-tonnes Off-set proof press. The press allows for the creation of countless artworks by keen printmakers and self-started publishers. www.bigfagpress.org Diego has also been working with WeedyConnection, an environmental art campaign. The project involves an online resource (www.weedyconnection.com), short documentary films, cooking shows, blogs, installations, prints, facebook interventions and various site-specific installations in the form of self-guided tours. WeedyConnection tackle the anthropocentric view of what environment should look like. Based on research and data provided by disciplines as far apart as biology, anthropology, paloenthology, social ecology and ethno botany it formulates ethical questions about cultural representation in times of environmental urgency.
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