Seasonal Eating 5: Pimpinella
L’insalata non è bella se non c’è la pimpinella!
The salad isn’t good (beautiful) if there isn’t any pimpinella!
Last week I took a walk with my friend the beekeeper, Francesca Buonagurelli, whose head is full of minute knowledge about her territory. On the roadside was a small plant bravely flaunting its frilly leaflets in the chill winter air. I knew it as salad burnet in England, and we too use it (or used to use it) in salads, but I don’t know of any traditional saying in English. Its scientific name is Sanguisorba minor and it’s in the rose family.
The young leaves have a mild, fresh flavour. Just what’s needed in a winter salad.
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