Fiori di Sambuco e Stridoli

Elderberry flowers

Elderberry flowers (before)

(After) Elderberry flowers fritters

Fritters (after)

Despite the rainy Spring we’ve been having so far, there are two signs reminding me that the season is slowly moving forward: fiori di Sambuco (Elderberry flowers) and Stridoli (a spontaneous herb). I remember, growing up, collecting herbs and fruits with my uncle Ilario. He was a sailor for many years and loved to tell me stories during our wanderings. One of my favorite treasures were Elberberry flowers: white, sweet umbrellas perfect to make fritters. Another Spring gift is Stridoli (or Strigoli), a slightly bitter herb, typical in my region, delicious in a frittata or with tomato sauce for tagliatelle (noodles).

Cleaning Stridoli

Cleaning Stridoli