I have been on holidays in Italy in the past weeks and one of the things I loved the most about our stay in Sicily was going every day to the market to buy fresh fruit and vegetables.
Market is a big word for a few little stores with lots of crates piled up out front selling local produce.
The wonderful thing about these vegetables is that they are not all the same standard shape and size like here in Holland. They are gorgeous with their imperfections and weird shapes. Some types I had never seen before, like these slightly hairy curly cucumbers.
Another great thing about buying our food at the market was that after a few days we got to know the shopkeepers and they would make us try the figs or some grapes, while they took the time to give us recipes for the best way to prepare the veggies. So much more interaction than when I buy a zucchini at the supermarket…
Not only do these fruit and veggies look amazing, they also taste spectacular! I’m not usually very good at eating fruit, and I tend to prefer eating muesli or chocolate as a snack. But on this holiday I realised that eating fruit in Sicily is totally different to eating fruit in Amsterdam. With the heat, eating fruit is enough to keep you full at the hottest hours of the day. Eating a couple of fresh, juicy peaches or pears on the beach was a real treat, I could really taste the sweet sunshine when biting into them:-)