These small whole artichokes are sought after world-wide. Maida’s small artichokes are remarkably tender while still firm to the bite, with a delicate, earthy flavor. This variety of Romanesco artichokes, the carciofi di Paestum, are prized throughout Italy, renowned for their small, compact heads, lovely purple hue, and thornless stems. They’re the perfect size for snacking right out of the jar, or pairing with salumi and cheeses.
Versatile and chock full of vitamins and minerals, few vegetables inspire passionate allegiance quite like the enigmatic artichoke. These artichokes also inspire an annual festival - the Festa del Carciofo di Paestum - where visitors flock to this tiny town in Campania to enjoy artichoke tarts, artichoke lasagne, artichoke parmigiana, artichoke pizza, artichoke pasta, deep-fried artichokes...you get the picture.
Farmer Francesco Vastola safeguards the freshness and flavor of his artichokes by jarring them with the highest quality real extra virgin olive oil, with a little bit of white wine vinegar and a splash of lemon juice. We can’t all make it to Campania every spring, but carciofi di Paestum can be the stars of your next dinner party! Francesco’s son Fabrizio likes to use his sottoli on top of thick slices of toasted bread and chopped tomatoes, for an extra-special bruschetta, or on their own with a glass of red wine for a deliciously simple aperitivo.