What is “stamnagathi”?
Stamnagathi is a chicory species called “cichorium spinosum”, or chicory of the sea.
It is native species of Crete. It is collected during winter and consumed raw as a bitter salad with plenty of salt and vinegar. In west Crete is eaten boiled or with kid and lemon-juice.
It has been declared as protected. Dioscorides calls it palatable and digestible. Nevertheless, it can be easily grown in gardens that have stony texture.
Its place is on the top of 25,000 different species of the Mediterranean.
Ways to eat it
raw, as a salad with oil and lemon combined with other vegetables such as lettuce, zochios, carrot, onion
boiled, with olive oil and lemon
sauté or braized with tomato
The recipe you are about to taste is saute with tomato and vinegar and I have found it in a magnificent book which is a study on the wild greens of Greece and especially in Crete, of Mirsini Lampraki.
The book is out of print at the moment as far as I know. But I will post you many of its great recipes. Do not worry!!