The perfection of the Sardinian spiny artichoke
Many plants growing on our island are hairy, twisted, knotted, prickly, spiny.
Don’t take this as evidence of hostile and scrimping nature. See it rather as a sign of uncontainable life which manages to grow even on the rocks, exposed to the harshest winds, burnt by an unforgiving sun, which loves and defends itself against all evidence, even at the cost of protecting itself with a few thorns. The Sardinian spiny artichoke is perhaps well aware of being delicious, appreciated by many, and that’s why it has
The spiny artichoke is one of the most authentic Sardinian things you could hope to find, a perfect allegory of the casket of jealously guarded treasures which is the ultimate essence of Sardinia. Avoid the spines, peel off the hard outer leaves, and you will find the tenderness of its interior, a perfect blend combination of sweet and bitter
If you think about it, how jealous we are of the artichoke’s perfection! It fits in well with the verses which the great Polish poet,
We hold veins, nerves, and fat, secretions’ secret sections.
Not for us such idiotic