in may, just after the acacias flower, blackberry flowers appear in the underbrush. their pollen is grey-green in color and their aroma is unmistakable, cocoa beans and jerusalem artichoke. to the palate it tastes of milk, cocoa and coffee, with a slightly bitter, licorice finish.
good pairing for all steamed tubers, especially jerusalem artichokes and sweet potatoes, also interesting as a dressing on vegetables like carrots and cauliflower, along with extra virgin olive oil.
in the kitchen
interesting in pastry, puddings and fillings made with goat ricotta and/or mascarpone, or in creams calling for different densities and/or a bittersweet contrast.