Italian veg porn

Half term came and went in a cloud of Easy Jet and missed opportunities. Seven days in Italy, fulfilling family obligations. Before you get all jealous I should probably point out that the highlight of the week was a visit to the Supermarket. Yes, that’s right, not Rome or Tuscany, but the Italian equivalent of Tesco. Or  possibly Sainsbury.  It was always going to be tricky – a week with the mother unlaw stuck  in an eighth floor apartment. Add to that hand, foot and mouth (baby A) and tonsilitis (D) and you can imagine the joy. And don’t get me started on Italian antibiotics.

So escaping to the local supermercato, really was about as good as it got. I could have been making amends at the allotment. Instead, I got to hang out in foreign veg aisles, erm, taking photographs. As far as I know in Italy, it’s not an offence to take pictures of vegetables without their consent – though I did get a few strange looks.

There’s none of the shrink-wrapped, odourless, weirdly homogenous stuff you find in the UK. Italian vegetables looks like they’ve come from a farm, rather than a factory.

Forget the Colosseum, the Uffizi and that leaning tower, here are a few of Italy’s real national treasures.

globe artichokes Globe artichokes – tricky to grow from seed, but worth it.

fennel Fennel – another Italian staple.

red and yellow peppersCheck out these beauties.

chicoryChicory – pretty, but bitter.

salad Bagged free zone.

auberginesSpot the fingers in this picture!

tomatoes pomodori  It wouldn’t be Italy without pomodori.

lemons with leaf I dream of growing my own lemons…..

italian unnamed vegetableWhat the …? Anyone know what these are?

That’s it folks. Hope to share a few of my own veg soon. Anyone started planting yet?

 

 

 

 

 

About Becky Dickinson

Mum of three. Writer, blogger, grower. Trying to keep my head above the compost heap.

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Comments

  1. I think the mystery veg looks like celeriac. Have to say the idea of no plastic wrapped veg is a great one – it only makes them slimy anyway!

  2. I’m salivating buckets right now… it all looks gorgeous!

  3. Is that celeriac in the bottom photo?!

    Love all this fresh and non-bagged veg – Makes me dream of a holiday *happy sigh* – that and cooking up a storm…. Thanks for joining in again and sharing xx

  4. So nice to see plastic free shelves of veg!

  5. Funny enough, we think that the vegetables you get in the North are almost tasteless compared to those you can get in the South… I guess it always a matter of perspectives!

    “Radicchio” might be slightly bitter, but I do miss it so much!

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