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Fiesole and Squash Blossoms

This was one of the most colorful and unusual displays I saw at a Farmers Market…and all of it is edible! (Okay, not the paper cartons, just the produce.)

The fiesole, or purple artichokes, can be sautéed, baked or grilled with various seasonings. The leaves are tender, and they have a delicious flavor.

The squash blossoms may also be fried, stuffed with cheese, or made into a sauce or soup.

There are plenty of recipes online for both the fiesole and the squash blossoms, so if you’ve never tried either or both, give it a go. Your dinner guests will be impressed.



  1. How great that the farmer/stallperson took the time to display these vegetables like this. I wouldn’t have been able to walk past them, that’s for sure!

    • Hi Chez,

      If it weren’t for the fact that it’s tough to juggle fragile berries AND fragile camera equipment simultaneously, I certainly would’ve indulged right then and there. Most of the food stalls put out samples, especially the fruit stalls, so it’s possible to combine browsing, nibbling and shooting.

      BTW, I got a kick out of your Toowoomba post since I was there visiting a friend several years ago. We went to the Japanese garden which you depict so beautifully with her daughter, and my friend fell into one of the lakes! While I felt bad for her, I must confess that I couldn’t resist the photo op. And her daughter couldn’t resist laughing at her clumsy mum.

      Thanks for bringing back that fun memory! 🙂

      RPRT Photo

      • That does sound funny! I can only imagine what she must have been doing to fall in – feeding the ducks maybe? Gazing at her reflection?!

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