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, ...

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 Presentation Transcript

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