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What is the Carciofo Violetto?

English: Baby Purple Artichoke, Fiesole Artichoke Italian: Carciofo violetto Artichokes belong to a species of thistle and the edition part of the plant is the flower bud. Native to the Mediterranean, artichokes were eaten by the ancient Greeks and Roman….

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Bhatmas Sadeko भटमास साँधेको is a very simple Nepalese snack. Some people call it a “salad” but it is not entirely accurate. The reason being Bhatmas Sadeko भटमास साँधेको is enjoyed either as a side dish, or simply with cold beer. There are a thousand variety of Bhatmas Sadeko भटमास साँधेको , according to my Nepalese grocer Pratap, but this is the simplest way to make it.

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Once widely available from the Caucasus to the Mediterranean, the Bath Asparagus is not an asparagus ( Asparagus officinalis) but part of the lily family.

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