Verdi, Verdi e Più Verdi (Greens, Greens and More Greens)

greens blogGreens are everywhere in Italy, and I’m a big, big fan of greens. Packed with healthy stuff, such as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, greens are a winner – from chickory to spinach to Swiss chard.

Since I’m also a big fan of all things simple, here’s a way to prepare virtually any type of greens – Italian style – in 5 easy steps:

  1. Blanch greens in boiling water for about 2 minutes or so.
  2. Place greens in a colander and drain well.
  3. Heat 2-3 cloves of minced garlic in 2-3 Tablespoons of olive oil (adjust amounts according to the amount of greens).
  4. Add the drained greens and simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  5. Add sea salt and pepper to taste, plus any herbs you might like.

Delizioso! Buon appettito!


Pamela HaackPamela Haack is an author, specialized travel consultant and founder of Off the Beaten Strada where she creates and hosts custom retreats in central Italy for travelers who wish to be immersed in the history, culture and traditions of the region.

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