April in Florence. The effects of the cambio di stagione are now evident at the market stalls, which are filled with mountains of green, fuzzy pods of broad beans, fresh peas and crates upon crates of artichokes. With early spring the best time of year for foraging fruit and herbs, wild strawberries are now making their brief appearance in the markets. Fresh totani, also known as European flying squid, a wonderful seasonal alternative to calamari, are in the cases of the fishmongers. Along with a recipe for artichoke salad, I offer some ideas about using these “top 5” market finds for April.