Cookbook giveaway - The Italian Vegetable Cookbook

Italian vegetable cookbookMichele Scicolone has authored several cookbooks, most focusing on the foods of Italy and ranging from antipasti to desserts. The prolific author's latest effort is The Italian Vegetable Cookbook: 200 Favorite Recipes for Antipasti, Soups, Pasta, Main Dishes, and Desserts. We're delighted to offer five copies of the book.

You can read about Michele's love of vegetables and how they inspired this cookbook. 

To win a copy, just answer the following question: which vegetable that you associate with Italy is your favorite?

Additional rules are:

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  • The giveaway will expire in 4 weeks on April 19, 2014.

This contest is now closed.  The 5 lucky winners, selected by random number generator are Clare1, deucemom, JanScholl, gjelizabeth, and michelle1009.

211 Comments

  • FunkyViriditas  on  3/23/2014 at 8:31 AM

    Well, I was about to say tomatoes and then I remembered they're a fruit! I could say garlic, but that would be too easy. Eggplant! Ding, ding, ding. That's my final answer :)

  • Zosia  on  3/23/2014 at 8:36 AM

    Fennel.....raw, grilled, roasted, braised...

  • sharifah  on  3/23/2014 at 9:06 AM

    Aubergines...

  • kath  on  3/23/2014 at 9:10 AM

    I love eggplant!

  • matag  on  3/23/2014 at 9:15 AM

    Peppers

  • Clare1  on  3/23/2014 at 9:17 AM

    Brocolli, especially with pasta

  • Teemo  on  3/23/2014 at 9:31 AM

    Asparagus!

  • tuxedo14  on  3/23/2014 at 9:32 AM

    Fennel...all of it...bulb and ferns

  • Kerrey  on  3/23/2014 at 9:46 AM

    Zucchini, love it!

  • nursey  on  3/23/2014 at 9:50 AM

    Yep, got to be aubergine!

  • cpauldin  on  3/23/2014 at 10:18 AM

    garlic or peppers

  • vbrowns  on  3/23/2014 at 10:19 AM

    Hard to pick one favorite, but I guess I will go with zucchini.

  • Tinala523  on  3/23/2014 at 10:24 AM

    Tomatoes may be a fruit, but since they're on the cover of the book, it must be ok. I just love them! Fresh with basil, on pizza, in sauces, juices, fried, stuffed, baked, or right off the vine...yum!

  • angelanorr  on  3/23/2014 at 10:25 AM

    Eggplant. I make eggplant walnut meatballs all the time.

  • vickster  on  3/23/2014 at 10:43 AM

    Eggplant, with eggplant Parmesan being my favorite dish.

  • patsylu  on  3/23/2014 at 10:53 AM

    Broccoli rabe.

  • jaelsne  on  3/23/2014 at 10:56 AM

    Love broccoli rabe

  • Titch  on  3/23/2014 at 10:59 AM

    Green Beans, I Love Green Beans They Have A Lovely Taste & Can Be used In So Many Dishes Too

  • janhunter  on  3/23/2014 at 11:14 AM

    Pomodoro (Tomatoes) simply for the the flavour.

  • chowfamily  on  3/23/2014 at 11:14 AM

    Tomatoes. eggplant artichokes...

  • hillsboroks  on  3/23/2014 at 11:42 AM

    Red bell peppers always make me think of Italy and red wine!

  • ksg518  on  3/23/2014 at 11:42 AM

    Tomatoes and eggplant. I can't wait for summer!

  • lizwinn  on  3/23/2014 at 11:59 AM

    Eggplant!

  • jazza1  on  3/23/2014 at 12:11 PM

    Eggplant - I love Eggplant Parmigiana, it's my favourite dish!

  • GillB  on  3/23/2014 at 12:19 PM

    Got to be tomatoes!

  • stockholm28  on  3/23/2014 at 12:26 PM

    Tomatoes.

  • Lovestocook  on  3/23/2014 at 12:39 PM

    Cavalo Nero - now dreaming of a lovely bowl of ribollita in the Tuscan hills.

  • AndieG52  on  3/23/2014 at 12:40 PM

    Artichokes.

  • jlh39  on  3/23/2014 at 12:41 PM

    I adore broccoli rabe!

  • porsini  on  3/23/2014 at 12:59 PM

    Artichokes -- baby artichokes sauteed with white wine and herbs, but especially the big ones, steamed and then dip the leaves in a mix of olive oil, herbs and parmesan cheese. It's a wonderful way to savor a vegetable, leaf by leaf, slowly getting down to tender heart.

  • Toppermom  on  3/23/2014 at 1:25 PM

    Zucchini and in particular, zucchini blossoms. I wish they were more readily available in our markets. So delicate-- great as stuffed zucchini blossoms--also fried, risotto, ravioli, garnish for soup or pasta. Love them.

  • maisie_grn  on  3/23/2014 at 1:28 PM

    How could it not be tomatoes!

  • madamepince  on  3/23/2014 at 3:25 PM

    I would hate to be forced to choose between fennel and broccoli rabe -- but fennel might have the edge, because of fennel frond pesto.

  • Laura  on  3/23/2014 at 3:44 PM

    Can I say tomatoes, even though they're a fruit? If not, then I'm going with eggplant.

  • Sally  on  3/23/2014 at 3:51 PM

    Eggplant.

  • rlmiller  on  3/23/2014 at 4:18 PM

    Eggplant, tomatoes, zucchini - how to choose?

  • wester  on  3/23/2014 at 4:28 PM

    Just one? Oh, the torment... I'll have to go for eggplant/aubergine.

  • KarinaFrancis  on  3/23/2014 at 4:34 PM

    I have to join the legion of eggplant fans

  • BlytheSpirit  on  3/23/2014 at 6:02 PM

    eggplant.

  • chawkins  on  3/23/2014 at 6:28 PM

    Broccoli rabe.

  • NikkiPixie  on  3/23/2014 at 8:10 PM

    Yes, being technical, 'vegetable' excludes peppers, tomatoes, zucchini.... so I'd have to say asparagus! :o)

  • Melanie  on  3/23/2014 at 8:12 PM

    For me, it's fennel!

  • jupflute  on  3/23/2014 at 8:30 PM

    Artichoke

  • aargle  on  3/23/2014 at 9:30 PM

    Fennel would be my favourite - so versatile. The irony is I disliked it intensely in my twenties. This book looks like a must get.

  • SamanthaV  on  3/23/2014 at 9:54 PM

    I love artichokes.

  • tcjanes  on  3/23/2014 at 11:04 PM

    Eggplant.

  • boardingace  on  3/23/2014 at 11:36 PM

    Tomatoes

  • mjrr  on  3/24/2014 at 3:29 AM

    It has to be fennel. Delicious.

  • CorvetteGuy  on  3/24/2014 at 4:15 AM

    It would have to be fennel. Raw, braised, roasted or grilled. Can't forget fennel in pasta con sarde.

  • angiehoggett  on  3/24/2014 at 5:07 AM

    Plum tomatoes, juicy and great for sauces and soups

  • esztlil  on  3/24/2014 at 6:13 AM

    Tomato and fennel

  • Grinsall  on  3/24/2014 at 6:34 AM

    Garlic, especially roasted sothe bulbs go gooey and sweet!

  • Margaretsmall  on  3/24/2014 at 6:39 AM

    Tomatoes which is crazy since they come from America. But enthusiastically adopted by the cannyitalians who know a good thing when they see it.

  • axelgrabbild  on  3/24/2014 at 7:10 AM

    puntarelle!

  • decklededges  on  3/24/2014 at 8:37 AM

    Tomatoes!

  • jifar  on  3/24/2014 at 10:06 AM

    Has to be the tomato!

  • nihalh  on  3/24/2014 at 11:11 AM

    Eggplant

  • westminstr  on  3/24/2014 at 11:35 AM

    All of them! But if I have to pick one .... broccoli rabe.

  • Cjelineo  on  3/24/2014 at 11:41 AM

    My favorite is Brussels sprouts!

  • eliza  on  3/24/2014 at 12:42 PM

    I love eggplant.

  • pgarcia  on  3/24/2014 at 12:55 PM

    I think Fennel!

  • chris2468  on  3/24/2014 at 1:22 PM

    To win a copy, just answer the following question: which vegetable that you associate with Italy is your favorite? definitely garlic

  • Aggie92  on  3/24/2014 at 2:54 PM

    Definitely fennel. Love it raw!

  • vinochic  on  3/24/2014 at 3:04 PM

    Eggplant. Yum!

  • AmandaLeigh710  on  3/24/2014 at 3:46 PM

    Tomatoes and peppers!

  • deucemom  on  3/24/2014 at 3:46 PM

    Hmmm, zucchini.

  • Soccermom  on  3/24/2014 at 5:10 PM

    tomatoes!

  • suzefish  on  3/24/2014 at 11:22 PM

    Definitely eggplant !

  • nigelandjess  on  3/25/2014 at 3:57 AM

    Zucchini - so versatile! Especially love deep fried zucchini flowers stuffed with ricotta.

  • napier  on  3/25/2014 at 5:27 AM

    red capsicum- the best I have ever had were simply roasted in a wood fired oven then drizzled with olive oil and balsamic and sprinkled with basil.

  • ballen  on  3/25/2014 at 7:42 AM

    Fennel. I first tried it in Italy and have loved it ever since. Can't believe I went most of my life without ever having tasted it.

  • MelMM  on  3/25/2014 at 9:44 AM

    Hard to choose, but I'd go with the greens. Cavolo Nero, or perhaps arugula.

  • mreils  on  3/25/2014 at 11:49 AM

    Fennel - raw or roasted!!

  • jlewis7112  on  3/25/2014 at 1:32 PM

    I would say garlic, since tomatoes are technically a fruit

  • herby  on  3/25/2014 at 1:32 PM

    Tomato! Particularly Roma tomatoes that make the best ever tomato sauce. And if are allowed an herb, let's add some basil to the tomato sauce and be instantly transported to heaven :)

  • SMcCreight  on  3/25/2014 at 3:49 PM

    Artichokes! Carciofi! You can fry them, boil them, steam them, stew them, braise them, roast them, grill them, pickle them. You can eat them hot, warm or cold. You can eat the tiny ones raw and thinly sliced. They come in so many sizes and shapes! They are beautiful to look at and delicious to eat! What more could you want from a vegetable?

  • bellasf  on  3/25/2014 at 4:28 PM

    Can I please say a porcini? Oh my! Porcinis. If you're being technical, I'll go with fennel.

  • pwsnook  on  3/25/2014 at 5:25 PM

    Eggplant!

  • MiChal.626  on  3/25/2014 at 8:21 PM

    Tomatoes and garlic

  • acorgihouse  on  3/25/2014 at 8:41 PM

    Eggplant. Caponata was the first thing I made when I bought my first house, had a bonafide kitchen, and could afford to go to the farmer's market for veggies. I made jars of it and ate it on everything from toast to pasta. Still love it, probably thirty years later.

  • wonderwhatif  on  3/26/2014 at 3:27 AM

    Tomatoes of course!

  • Yarnia  on  3/26/2014 at 3:47 AM

    Broccoli rabe

  • SoRefined  on  3/26/2014 at 12:37 PM

    I know tomatoes are a new world fruit and not an Italian vegetable at all, but the heart wants what it wants.

  • kathundt  on  3/26/2014 at 1:31 PM

    I love fava beans with pasta in the spring. Stuffed artichokes. Grilled Eggplant Just to name a few.

  • mdagesq  on  3/26/2014 at 1:44 PM

    Escarole. I would say tomato but it's a fruit.

  • Spudqueen  on  3/26/2014 at 2:06 PM

    Love 'em all, but I'll go with broccoli rabe.

  • JaneC  on  3/26/2014 at 2:18 PM

    Tomatoes

  • LizRueven  on  3/26/2014 at 3:17 PM

    spinaci!

  • sgump  on  3/26/2014 at 6:38 PM

    Yes, yes: broccoli rabe (a.k.a. rapini)

  • Queezle_Sister  on  3/26/2014 at 7:04 PM

    fennel, most certainly.

  • lsgourmet  on  3/26/2014 at 9:28 PM

    Aubergine

  • erronemilymikey  on  3/26/2014 at 10:59 PM

    One of my most favorite Italian vegetables is rapini.

  • paulabucharles  on  3/27/2014 at 12:02 AM

    Tomatoes & eggplant!

  • vtilak  on  3/27/2014 at 11:45 AM

    Capers - wait is that a vegetable? And also artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes... I really only use these vegetables in Italian dishes...

  • ae.bell  on  3/27/2014 at 3:29 PM

    Definitely tomatoes

  • Grywhp  on  3/27/2014 at 4:12 PM

    Tomatoes with basil

  • farmkat  on  3/27/2014 at 4:51 PM

    my first thought was zucchini. then tomatoes.

  • LFallon  on  3/27/2014 at 11:07 PM

    Everyone thinks tomatoes when Italy is mentioned. However,I love artichokes especially the hearts in olive oil.

  • Smuz90  on  3/28/2014 at 4:24 AM

    Pachino tomatoes with oregano.

  • lovemykitchen  on  3/28/2014 at 8:08 PM

    Dill! Wonderful Dill.. Try Rick Steins recipe Briam: Taverna Foros's Oven baked Summer Vegetables with Dill... just stunning.

  • rahiscock  on  3/29/2014 at 6:07 AM

    I would say tomatoes, but like others have pointed out, it's a fruit. So another vote here for eggplant, but also a vote for onions, both red and white varieties - I use white onions in so much Italian cooking to give flavour to a dish (pasta sauce, risotto, minestrone, etc), and red onions in various Italian salads, that I associate onions with Italy as much as I do tomatoes, basil and eggplant. All hail the humble onion!

  • vavad  on  3/29/2014 at 4:01 PM

    Definitely artichokes. I eat them stuffed, fried, roasted, braised, baked, in dips, in stews, from jars, from cans, or frozen. They are versatile,delicious, and oh!...so Italian!

  • crimewriterkate  on  3/29/2014 at 5:47 PM

    If tomatoes don't count, I'll have to say fennel.

  • doloresmay  on  3/29/2014 at 6:08 PM

    Zucchini flowers and Eggplant

  • Cloudless  on  3/29/2014 at 6:10 PM

    What? Only one? Eggplant, and fennel. But where do I rate tomato passanta? And broad beans? I'm not confident with artichokes yet, even though I grow them every year, expecting it all to come together one day...

  • kalex426  on  3/29/2014 at 6:11 PM

    I have to go with Roma tomatoes, with garlic as a very close companion.

  • Julia  on  3/29/2014 at 6:12 PM

    Eggplant, tomatoes, fennel, broccoli rabe. I love them all!

  • michelle1009  on  3/29/2014 at 6:31 PM

    I love cooking with eggplant and peppers

  • hopefulau  on  3/29/2014 at 7:08 PM

    Roma Tomatoes

  • Schout  on  3/29/2014 at 7:14 PM

    Fava beans!

  • isabelle  on  3/29/2014 at 7:33 PM

    Eggplant, while not as widely associated with Italian cuisine as the tomato fruit, is my all time favorite when done well! Thanks!

  • mjirsch  on  3/29/2014 at 8:26 PM

    while not a vegetable, I love basil

  • cocecitycook  on  3/29/2014 at 8:49 PM

    what would I do without the ever versatile tomato!

  • neaton  on  3/29/2014 at 9:46 PM

    Fresh from the garden tomatoes with fresh mozzarella, basil and balsamic vinegar

  • Beckiemas  on  3/29/2014 at 9:55 PM

    I feel like tomato should have been my first thought, but it was zucchini! There's something so flexible and understated about the zucchini. I particularly love the Italian classic method of shallow frying batons of zucchini (after salting and draining, then coating with flour), then sprinkling with red wine vinegar and letting them sit with some bruised garlic. Oh I want this now!

  • Ordinaryblogger  on  3/29/2014 at 10:32 PM

    That has to be tomatoes.

  • alicebrody  on  3/29/2014 at 11:46 PM

    Eggplant if it has to be just one, so many marvelous things to mKe with it

  • fimaganhall  on  3/30/2014 at 12:56 AM

    Well, I like them all really! Fennel is a favourite though.

  • JanScholl  on  3/30/2014 at 1:03 AM

    Is garlic a veggie? It is in my house! Love it in any dish, on peanut butter sammiches and as a broth. But roasted is the best!

  • Clove  on  3/30/2014 at 1:05 AM

    My new favourite - fennel!

  • dibrims  on  3/30/2014 at 3:34 AM

    Where would we be without the quintessential tomato - its flavor, colour, aroma, taste and incredible versatility? Dress it to kill in a caprese, slice it and whack it on bruschetta , dice and toss with herbs for a quick summer pasta, simmer it with meat for a lusty winter warmer, mix with your vegetable melange and sprinkle with cheese for a simple main or gratin side, and slow, slow roast for those sweet,semi-dried little flavor punches. It's got to be the tomato.

  • rhelune  on  3/30/2014 at 4:52 AM

    Aubergines

  • Lisa Shock  on  3/30/2014 at 5:00 AM

    Artichokes!

  • debbzt  on  3/30/2014 at 5:12 AM

    As tomatoes are a fruit it has to be the mushrooms.......a good substitution for meat if one has to but also a great vegetable!

  • gjelizabeth  on  3/30/2014 at 5:13 AM

    Dried things. I brought home utterly delicious sun-dried tomatoes and fragrant mushrooms from a trip to Florence.

  • greglanegawler  on  3/30/2014 at 6:02 AM

    How to pick?? Is pizza a vegetable? Certainly tomatoes, olives, basil are not. Damn!! I will pick pumpkin as I have had pumpkin ravioli with a butter and sage sauce here in Gawler, South Australia (cooked by me for friends and family) and had in Rome last year. Just wonderful. And food for thought. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vegetable Cheers from Oz.

  • smtucker  on  3/30/2014 at 7:33 AM

    artichokes

  • Ericalgr  on  3/30/2014 at 9:58 AM

    Tomatoes!

  • ACanadianBaker  on  3/30/2014 at 10:53 AM

    Aubergine or Eggplant, on my last visit to Italy it was prepared in so many different ways, all equally delicious!

  • MonaT  on  3/30/2014 at 11:00 AM

    Eggplant

  • krobbins426  on  3/30/2014 at 11:08 AM

    Fennel!

  • infotrop  on  3/30/2014 at 12:16 PM

    Arugula, with many tied for second.

  • ABiffin  on  3/30/2014 at 1:15 PM

    Tomatoes, baked with olive oil.

  • tagubajones  on  3/30/2014 at 1:49 PM

    stuffed zucchini flowers…or artichoke.

  • louie734  on  3/30/2014 at 1:50 PM

    Is basil considered a vegetable? No? …but tomatoes are considered a fruit. I'm confused!

  • Susangardener  on  3/30/2014 at 6:50 PM

    Eggplant...love it

  • Nancith  on  3/30/2014 at 8:45 PM

    I love eggplant, unfortunately, not too many other members of my family do.

  • ltsuk  on  3/31/2014 at 2:49 AM

    fennel, but only if it's cooked!

  • jd5761  on  3/31/2014 at 7:39 AM

    peppers (or capsicum)

  • jrubotto  on  3/31/2014 at 10:21 AM

    Eggplant (Melanzana)!!! Technically, eggplants, peppers, tomatoes and potatoes are "new world" but the Italians certainly make them shine!

  • heckler0077  on  3/31/2014 at 1:21 PM

    Tomatoes may be a botanical fruit only introduced to Italy half a millennium ago, but they've come to be a central component of the cuisine

  • JulesLP  on  3/31/2014 at 1:31 PM

    Eggplants for eggplant parm and artichokes

  • HelenB  on  3/31/2014 at 9:40 PM

    Cavolo Nero (Tuscan kale)...eat it almost every day.

  • sailor  on  3/31/2014 at 11:29 PM

    young broad beans crushed on top of bruschetta or made into a salad with prosciutto and soft goat's cheese.

  • earthnfire  on  4/1/2014 at 4:50 PM

    peppers - stuffed, roasted, marinated, or raw - all good.

  • crandall57  on  4/1/2014 at 8:44 PM

    Fava beans, yum

  • debkellie  on  4/3/2014 at 1:45 AM

    Cavolo nero! Preferably done this way: Spaghetti with potato and cavolo nero (Spaghetti con papate e cavolo nero) try for yourself : online at http://www.sbs.com.au/food/recipes/spaghetti-potato-and-cavolo-nero

  • Dorothy  on  4/3/2014 at 11:20 AM

    Eggplant. I should cook it more frequently than I do!

  • trudys_person  on  4/3/2014 at 4:40 PM

    I was going to say tomatoes, but they are a fruit! And did I read somewhere that they are a "new world" transplant to Italy? So, I pick zucchini!

  • Brandeemk  on  4/3/2014 at 5:42 PM

    I just love Romanesco. A perfect balance that lends itself to so many dishes.

  • pokarekare  on  4/4/2014 at 2:16 AM

    I love all vegetables, but I am going with fungi used as a vegetable - I love mushrooms af all kinds and especially truffles! I am addicted to their perfume!!!!!!!!

  • CindyinOttawa  on  4/6/2014 at 4:38 PM

    Mushrooms, because mushroom risotto is my favourite comfort food!

  • ecasey830  on  4/6/2014 at 5:53 PM

    Eggplant!

  • Sarabclever  on  4/7/2014 at 10:00 AM

    Tuscan kale.

  • cristinb  on  4/7/2014 at 1:51 PM

    Asparagus. Just took some fresh roasted asparagus out of my oven!

  • percussion03  on  4/7/2014 at 2:14 PM

    So many! Absolute favorite is tomatoes, though.

  • xaocfrau  on  4/7/2014 at 3:32 PM

    Fennel!

  • pers1stence  on  4/7/2014 at 3:46 PM

    more than the vegetables (tomato!), i love the herbs - basil, oregano, etc

  • amylou61  on  4/8/2014 at 8:20 AM

    I love tomatoes, especially San Marzanos. I cook with them all the time.

  • JoBills  on  4/8/2014 at 9:28 PM

    Tomato

  • Foxygourmet  on  4/10/2014 at 1:21 AM

    Broccolini!

  • Juliebs2  on  4/10/2014 at 4:16 PM

    Eggplant. Especially with peppers added. And tomatoes. And...

  • Bradeileen  on  4/10/2014 at 4:18 PM

    Asparagus! Especially this time of year. I could eat it for breakfast, lunch AND dinner.

  • Nsteinen  on  4/10/2014 at 4:32 PM

    Eggplant!

  • jbny  on  4/10/2014 at 4:41 PM

    as a Grand Hotel article once said -- Finocchi, che passione!!

  • marthmitch  on  4/10/2014 at 4:52 PM

    brocollii rabe----wonderful!

  • hklmnrtz  on  4/10/2014 at 5:19 PM

    . . . tomatoes tomatoes tomatoes . . .

  • wanda72  on  4/10/2014 at 5:23 PM

    Tomatoes or asparagus would be my favorites.

  • NaomiManygoats  on  4/10/2014 at 6:22 PM

    Tomatoes! No Eggplant! No Tomatoes! Oh....Eggplant!

  • Taxlady  on  4/10/2014 at 6:25 PM

    Asparagus and Fennel.

  • smccandless  on  4/10/2014 at 6:48 PM

    Must go with tomatoes!

  • Dcotter  on  4/10/2014 at 7:43 PM

    Eggplant. Grilled with olive oil, lemon and garlic.

  • troothteller  on  4/10/2014 at 7:47 PM

    It might choke Artie, but it won't choke me - what else but the artichoke, either stuffed, unstuffed or pickled in a jar. I once put it in skillet lasagna for two and loved it; but my girlfriend, my dinner guest, didn't. So, I have to make it when she's not around.

  • nmclallen  on  4/10/2014 at 11:23 PM

    Tomatoes!

  • fjain  on  4/11/2014 at 12:35 AM

    Carbones!

  • RickPearson54  on  4/11/2014 at 7:36 AM

    Eggplant

  • TooManyBooks  on  4/11/2014 at 9:44 AM

    Radicchio!

  • LadyL  on  4/11/2014 at 1:17 PM

    Fresh porcini mushrooms - fabulous Tuscan dish

  • dinnermints  on  4/11/2014 at 7:48 PM

    Gotta go with fennel

  • slimmer  on  4/12/2014 at 7:08 AM

    Garlic!

  • linded  on  4/12/2014 at 10:27 AM

    Artichokes - carciofi any way you prepare them. Boiled, fried, braised, grilled - all delicious. The beautiful purple ones in street markets in Florence - stunning!

  • caitmcg  on  4/12/2014 at 3:59 PM

    Eggplant!

  • ldsalyer  on  4/13/2014 at 10:55 AM

    It's so hard to choose! Zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes (which I know are a fruit) and artichokes are all so delicious and versatile.

  • Kirstin_the_Kiwi  on  4/13/2014 at 10:07 PM

    asparagus

  • RobynS  on  4/14/2014 at 1:50 AM

    Cavolo nero – the Tuscan staple. Essential in great minestrone or ribollita; perfect with garlic, anchovies and chilli through orrichiette; nutritious - rich in lutein, vitamins K, A, B & C, manganese, copper, fibre, calcium, iron and more; easy to grow in your own backyard and pick fresh for cooking. There is no substitute!

  • dineindivatami  on  4/14/2014 at 3:12 PM

    Tomatoes

  • laureljean  on  4/14/2014 at 3:24 PM

    Artichokes

  • sipa  on  4/14/2014 at 5:31 PM

    Artichokes.

  • Karincs  on  4/15/2014 at 6:23 AM

    Eggplant! (Unless olives are a vegetable??)

  • LilyB612  on  4/15/2014 at 12:11 PM

    Brussels sprouts!

  • teslaca  on  4/15/2014 at 3:56 PM

    Baby artichokes.

  • ean  on  4/15/2014 at 10:05 PM

    artichokes

  • AimeeK  on  4/16/2014 at 6:13 AM

    Artichokes always seem Italian to me...even if I don't eat them in an Italian restaurant!

  • highlandgirl  on  4/16/2014 at 6:22 AM

    Tomatoes I always see that as more of a veg... if not red peppers :)

  • mbass7  on  4/17/2014 at 12:35 PM

    Courgettes

  • psj926  on  4/17/2014 at 3:40 PM

    tomatoes, especially in summer at the Union Square farmers' market!

  • RuthGo  on  4/17/2014 at 8:30 PM

    I'm going to go with zucchini, the Italians really know how to treat it.

  • Juli  on  4/17/2014 at 8:40 PM

    If it can't be tomatoes, then zucchini - both yum and oh so versatile.

  • TerraVita  on  4/18/2014 at 1:41 PM

    Artichokes

  • sheridarby  on  4/18/2014 at 1:52 PM

    olives

  • nomadchowwoman  on  4/18/2014 at 3:23 PM

    Fennel, no--artichokes, no--eggplant. OK, I'm going with fennel.

  • worstkeptsecret  on  4/18/2014 at 4:02 PM

    Aubergine :)

  • racarson39  on  4/18/2014 at 6:27 PM

    Tomatoes, especially in a Caprese salad.

  • alistairric  on  4/18/2014 at 6:44 PM

    Tomatoes. I use them in so many ways, from salads to pasta sauces.

  • Kelandab  on  4/19/2014 at 2:44 AM

    Tomatoes - although they are officially a fruit, they are so versatile

  • Janehen  on  4/19/2014 at 5:51 AM

    Peppers

  • GailMB  on  4/19/2014 at 5:54 AM

    Garlic ... love it ... especially good roasted :-)

  • jannetteroden  on  4/19/2014 at 1:46 PM

    Tomatoes

  • black5  on  4/19/2014 at 3:14 PM

    cabbage

  • cambridgecook  on  4/19/2014 at 3:49 PM

    definitely eggplant

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