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Italy: The country south of the Alps is full of surprises. For garden lovers there is much to discover in the lively markets.
On a discovery tour in Italy: In the winding old town streets of Palermo you will find many vegetable markets, such as the famous Vucciria
Loaded with bulging shopping bags, housewives are pushing through the narrow streets of Palermo, past numerous market stalls selling the most beautiful fruits and vegetables. One of the merchants loudly praises his goods - pencil-thin green asparagus, bright red tomatoes and crispy-fresh lettuce. In addition, a farmer presents his freshly harvested purple cauliflower. Artfully he piled the cabbages on the back of his decrepit three-wheeled pickup truck.
A stroll through Vucciria, the traditional market in Palermo's old town, is a sensual experience that should not be missed on a tour of Sicily's capital. But also in other cities of Italy - whether in the northern Veneto, in Tuscany or in southern Calabria - you can immerse yourself in the Italian everyday life on the markets - this whets the appetite for the many delicacies, the one in the cozy Trattoria on the edge of the Expect Piazza.
In Venice, on the Campo della Pescaria, not far from the famous Rialto Bridge, you will find fresh fish as well as delicious vegetables from the lagoons of Sant 'Erasmo, such as the famous purple artichokes. In the Dorsoduro district, fruit and vegetables are even sold directly from the boat. In Rome, the daily market on the Campo de 'Fiori is a magnet for friends of fresh enjoyment. Chicory 'Puntarella' is offered from the surrounding area, with green long leaves reminiscent of dandelions.
Great is the variety of bean varieties in Italy. Protein-rich bush and runner beans, such as the 'Borlotto di Vigevano' variety from Lombardy, have been considered "meat of the little man" for centuries. Therefore, traditional dishes such as bean puree, bean soup or a salad of warm beans from classic Italian cuisine are indispensable. The 'Lamon' bean, which is characterized by a nutty flavor, dedicated in the small village of the same name in the Dolomites even every year at harvest time in September, a culinary festival. At the street stalls, among other things, "pasta e fagioli" - noodles with beans - are served.
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Mobile market stall: In the lagoon city, the boat is both a means of transport and a stallWhat is particularly appealing to vegetable fans: On the Italian markets there are regionally typical varieties to discover that are little known in Germany, while some of them are also suitable for our gardens. Often, the name of the variety already indicates their origin: The red and white elongated radicchio 'Rosso di Treviso' is originally from the province of Treviso, north of Venice, while the green cauliflower (Cavolfiore) 'Verde di Macerata' his home in the province of Macerata in the Marche.
The sun-drenched south is home to many tomato varieties. In Germany, the elongated variety 'San Marzano' has long been an enthusiastic following. The tomato from the Campanian village of San Marzano sul Sarno (Salerno province) is particularly aromatic. Even preserved in the can, it retains its intense flavor and is perfect for a delicious spaghetti sauce. South of Palermo, in the region around the volcano Vesuvius, grows in dense panicles, the small-fruited tomato variety 'Pomodorino vesuviano'. Further south, in Calabria, matures the variety 'Pomodoro di Belmonte'. Their gigantic bright red fruits weigh up to 1.5 kilograms.
Another celebrity Calabria has to offer: the Cipolla 'Rossa di Tropea'. The red, sweet-tasting onion is cultivated in the fertile hinterland of the romantic coastal town of Tropea. On small stalls, which are found along the highways, the onions are offered - loose or tied to decorative pigtails. The jam cooked with onions, laurel leaves, vinegar and sugar can also be bought there - as a tasty souvenir from Bella Italia.
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The meat tomato 'Red Pear' is an old Italian variety that has been newly selected and multiplied. Its shape corresponds to a large, ribbed plum with dark red flesh. To taste it should belong to the best meat tomatoes. It weighs between 220 and 500 grams. Sowing: March to May.
The zucchini 'Tondo di Piacenza' is a spherical, ribbed zucchini with an excellent taste. The traditional Italian variety is sown from March to June.
The variety 'Prosperosa' is a medium-sized, round eggplant with a purple shell. The plant is easy to care for, rich in yield and should have a good taste. Sowing: March to June.
The cabbage 'Nero di Toscana' is one of the Italian cabbage classics. This beautiful, old variety from the 19th century has long, knobbed leaves, is dark green and makes especially good in cottage gardens. It should be very tasty! Sowing: May to June.
The variety 'Borlotto di Vigevano' is an early ripening grain bean for roasting. The plant is 50 to 60 inches high and is very productive in yield. The approximately 15 centimeters long pods are striped red and usually contain six to seven beans. Sowing: May to July.
'Bianca di Bergamo' is a light green chicory salad with a round head and white ribs, which should taste very good. Sowing: May to September.
'Rossa di Verona BIOLOGICA' is a radicchio variety with a closed head, dark red leaves and white stem. The seeds come from certified organic farming. Sowing: April to September.
'Cavolo Verza' is an Italian savoy cabbage variety with dark green-violet-red leaves. The solid head tolerates low temperatures. Sowing: May to July.
Destination Bella ItaliaThe country: The Italian Republic covers 301 336 km ², divided into 20 regions and 106 provinces. The capital is Rome. Italy lies for the most part on the Apennine Peninsula, surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea. Besides small archipelagos, Sardinia and Sicily belong to Italy.
Climate: It is predominantly Mediterranean, exceptions are the Alps and the Apennines. Spring and autumn are mild and sunny, the summers especially in the south of the country very hot and dry. In northern Italy, cold, snowy winters prevail. The average annual temperature in Milan is 13.1° C, in Palermo 17.4° C.
Travel time: The best holiday season is from spring to early summer and autumn. July and August are usually very hot and the beaches are crowded as this is the main holiday season of the Italians.