Taranome are the young buds of the angelica tree. Light green in color the buds are picked when about two inches in length. The bud is ready to be harvested from the tree when it is open and has a new sprout about one inch in length growing out of it. Older, over grown Taranome will have a bitter flavor so it’s best to harvest them when they are young. The branch attached to the bud will be covered in sharp thorns, a characteristic the angelica tree is known for. Greenhouse grown Taranome are less acidic and bitter than the wild variety but lack the true Taranome flavor they are prized for. Wild Taranome will oftentimes have a transparent jelly-like sap coming from the cut.
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