Salad with Wild Herbs
Insalata con erbe selvatiche
Urban foraging for goutweed, rocket and nettles make an interesting springtime addition to an extraordinary salad with wild herbs.
In the spring you often see Italians hunting the countryside for wild herbs like cicoria, rucola, barba di frate – a kind of saltwort that tastes a bit like chives, bruscandoli – a kind of humulus or hop, and other edible plants. I have never had any wild salad luck, but my Italian green grocer buys them from the local scavengers, and they make an interesting springtime addition to ordinary salads.