Wandering through Bologna’s open air food market I came upon this carton filled with these green balloon-like spheres and I was stumped. I wasn’t carrying my dictionary with me so I didn’t understand the sign. I decided to ask the vendor whether it was a fruit or a vegetable. He looked at me like I was crazy and answered “cetrioli” and walked away. Well, I can read so I knew the name. An elderly Italian woman walked up and asked the same question and he launched into a lengthy discussion with her. I guess he had not time for “tourists”.
Cetrioli are cucumbers. I’ve never seen any like these before!