Panini Girl

My obsessions-Italy and Cooking

June 11, 2012


Know Your Vegetables!

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!

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10 thoughts on “Know Your Vegetables!

  1. I’ve never seen cucumbers like that before in Italy where we live.

  2. Cucumbers? Those cucumbers have been eating a McDonalds based diet!
    Would love to try one though

  3. I noted that they came from Sicily, if the carton and the vegetable are actually from the same place. My Dad was known to shout out the car window to someone who made some driving error, “Cetrull” (my phonetic spelling, his Neapolitan accent).
    When I asked my mother for a translation her answer was – cucumber!

  4. Perhaps a lemon cuke variation.

  5. Odd, yet beautiful as all veggies in Italy seem to be.

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