This week on Food For Thought, part one of my edible adventures in Crete, where I harvested wild greens and ate raw artichoke hearts, right in the field where they were growing. Here is the audio file of the program for your listening pleasure.
Here I am pictured with Kostas Bouyouris, an agronomist who is also involved with a Soil Health association and culinary tourism. He was with our class for the entire week and really gave us an authentic taste of Cretan life, not just through the food, but the music, art and above all, the people. You’ll hear much more from him on next week’s show. In the meantime, if you are interested in reading more about what Kostas is involved in, visit the Mediterranean Association for Soil Health website. Much of the English side of the site is under construction, but there is an email address to contact for further information. For culinary tourism on Crete, which I highly recommend you experience at some point in your life, visit the Agrion Terra website.
Here are some of the fava beans and artichokes we harvested on our morning walk. For the first time in my life I found out you can eat the pods of the fava beans! When they are young and fresh, you can just remove any ‘string’ from the tip and side of the pod, then cut into lengths of about 2 inches, and boil until just tender. They were fantastic mixed in with the other wild greens we harvested.
I will have much more about my time spent in Crete in next week’s posting.