Vegetables from an ItalianGarden
The Cook Book
Italian Vegetables
Food“By 2050 there willbe 9 billionpeople on theplanet. We’llhave to producemore food in thenext 50 yearsthan all ofmankin...
Italians Love Food and otherthings
Italians Love Eating
Italians Love Vegetables
Sun in your Italian Garden
Location, location, location
The Right Soil
“A poor gardener grows weeds. A mediocregardener grows crops. A good gardenergrows soil” --- Japanese proverb
Soil Drainage
Veggie Garden Design
Raised Bed Garden
On-Line Kitchen GardenPlanner
Design your Own Garden
Your Kitchen Garden
Square Foot Garden
Permanent Raised Beds
Elevated Raised Bed
Temporary Raised Beds
Lasagna Gardening
Laying Newspaper
Adding Compost
Spring Italian Vegetables
Mesclun Greens
Wild Greens
Agretti Cooked
Spring Salad
Asparagus Hedge
White Beans and Asparagus
Broad Beans
Crimson Fava Beans
Favas, artichokes & peas
Broccoli Raab
Summer Italian Vegetables
Costoluto Genovese tomato
Radiator Charlies MortgageLifter
Tomato & Nettle Ravioli
Corno di Toro Pepper
Carmen Hybrid Pepper
Rosa Bianca eggplant
Eggplant Parmigiano
Tonys Spread
Cocozelle Courgette
Mint, Courgette, & Almondpesto
Florence Fennel
Fennel and Grapefruit Salad
Summer Garden Care
Organic Mulch
Animal Manures
Cow vs Horse
Fish Fertilizer
Worm Poop
Zoo Doo
Side Dressing Fertilizer
Succession Planting
Organic Insect & Disease Control
Diversity is Key
Crop Rotation
Encourage Beneficial Insects
Plant Resistant Plants
Mechanical Controls
Vegetable Garden Traps
Targeted Sprays
Fall Italian Vegetables
Brussels Sprouts
Brussels Sprouts andChestnuts
Celeriac Roots
Celeriac and Radicchio Salad
Leek, Potato and CheeseBake
Ready to Mange!
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Vegetables from an Italian Garden


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I'm Charlie Nardozzi. I grew up in an Italian-American family. Italians love many things, especially good food. In particular, they love their vegetables. While most of us think of tomatoes, garlic, and eggplant when we say "Italian vegetables", there are some unusual vegetables you should try in your garden.

Italians love wild greens. Agretti is a popular Italian green used in upscale restaurants. It has a salty, tart flavor, that's truly a unique taste sensation. It can grow in salt water, but also does fine in most gardeners. Plant in spring with cool weather and you'll be enjoying 8 to 12 inch tall greens in about 40 days.

I've talked about eating dandelions before, but if you truly want to experience this green, try the Catalogna varieties such as puntarelle. Puntarelle has a milder dandelion flavor than its wild cousin with just a hint of bitter taste. The leaves are best thinly sliced then plunged in ice cold water to curl. It's great mixed with lettuce in salads.

I remember every Easter eating fennel salad at my mother's house. Globe fennel has an anise flavor and it grows best with cool spring weather, plenty of moisture and proper thinning. Try it mixed with pink grapefruit sections and mint leaves for a sweet, refreshing salad.

Finally, how about a root crop that tastes like a mix between asparagus and oysters? Scorzonero literally means "black bark". This thin rooted perennial plant has a black skin and a white root. Grow it in a raised bed on well-drained, loose soil and harvest in fall, being carefully not to break the brittle roots. Roast it or saute for the best flavor.

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Vegetables from an Italian Garden

  1. 1. Vegetables from an ItalianGarden
  2. 2. The Cook Book
  3. 3. Italian Vegetables
  4. 4. Food“By 2050 there willbe 9 billionpeople on theplanet. We’llhave to producemore food in thenext 50 yearsthan all ofmankind hasproduced in thelast 10,000 yearscombined.”
  5. 5. Italians Love Food and otherthings
  6. 6. Italians Love Eating
  7. 7. Italians Love Vegetables
  8. 8. Sun in your Italian Garden
  9. 9. Location, location, location
  10. 10. The Right Soil
  11. 11. “A poor gardener grows weeds. A mediocregardener grows crops. A good gardenergrows soil” --- Japanese proverb
  12. 12. Soil Drainage
  13. 13. Veggie Garden Design
  14. 14. Raised Bed Garden
  15. 15. On-Line Kitchen GardenPlanner
  16. 16. Design your Own Garden
  17. 17. Your Kitchen Garden
  18. 18. Square Foot Garden
  19. 19. Permanent Raised Beds
  20. 20. Advantages
  21. 21. Elevated Raised Bed
  22. 22. Temporary Raised Beds
  23. 23. Lasagna Gardening
  24. 24. Laying Newspaper
  25. 25. Adding Compost
  26. 26. Spring Italian Vegetables
  27. 27. Mesclun Greens
  28. 28. Wild Greens
  29. 29. Agretti
  30. 30. Agretti Cooked
  31. 31. Spring Salad
  32. 32. Asparagus
  33. 33. Asparagus Hedge
  34. 34. White Beans and Asparagus
  35. 35. Broad Beans
  36. 36. Crimson Fava Beans
  37. 37. Favas, artichokes & peas
  38. 38. Broccoli Raab
  39. 39. Summer Italian Vegetables
  40. 40. Artichoke
  41. 41. Costoluto Genovese tomato
  42. 42. Radiator Charlies MortgageLifter
  43. 43. Tomato & Nettle Ravioli
  44. 44. Corno di Toro Pepper
  45. 45. Carmen Hybrid Pepper
  46. 46. Rosa Bianca eggplant
  47. 47. Eggplant Parmigiano
  48. 48. Tonys Spread
  49. 49. Cocozelle Courgette
  50. 50. Mint, Courgette, & Almondpesto
  51. 51. Florence Fennel
  52. 52. Fennel and Grapefruit Salad
  53. 53. Summer Garden Care
  54. 54. Organic Mulch
  55. 55. Animal Manures
  56. 56. Cow vs Horse
  57. 57. Fish Fertilizer
  58. 58. Worm Poop
  59. 59. Zoo Doo
  60. 60. Side Dressing Fertilizer
  61. 61. Succession Planting
  62. 62. Organic Insect & Disease Control
  63. 63. Diversity is Key
  64. 64. Crop Rotation
  65. 65. Encourage Beneficial Insects
  66. 66. Plant Resistant Plants
  67. 67. Mechanical Controls
  68. 68. Vegetable Garden Traps
  69. 69. Targeted Sprays
  70. 70. Fall Italian Vegetables
  71. 71. Brussels Sprouts
  72. 72. Brussels Sprouts andChestnuts
  73. 73. Cardoon
  74. 74. Celeriac
  75. 75. Celeriac Roots
  76. 76. Radicchio
  77. 77. Celeriac and Radicchio Salad
  78. 78. Leeks
  79. 79. Leek, Potato and CheeseBake
  80. 80. Scorzonero
  81. 81. Garlic
  82. 82. Ready to Mange!
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