Italians are all about eating well, eating fresh, taste and life. Food has always been an important part of their lives. They farm by rotating crops to preserve nutrients in the soil. They mostly use organic methods. They do this not because it’s popular or a fad but because the food tastes better. Wine is included in this. Part of what makes a wine so delicious is how the grape is grown. There animals are raised on the land and eat what they have always eaten. Ours are in pens and are feed chemical feeds. Their vegetables taste and smell so much better than ours. Remember eating starts with the eyes, goes to the nose and ends up in the mouth. We see our food and are attracted to it. We smell our food and that makes us salivate and prepare to eat. Finally we eat our food and enjoy its taste. Taste is to a small degree the taste buds on our tongue but to a larger degree its a nasal function in the back of our mouths. As we chew our food smells go into our nasal cavity and our brain interrupts these as taste.
The last time we were in Italy, we were amazed by the food, especially the tomatoes. It was late May and early June. The tomatoes looked red and firm. You could smell them as they were cut and the taste was not watery but of a great tomato. Italian cooking is never about processed foods but fresh grown foods that taste great. Every bite is about an explosion of flavors that excite you to continue eating. Watch Italians in Italy eat. It is a social thing. They are enjoying each other, the people around them, the wine and the food. It is after all the essence of life!
George & Jo Anne
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- Italy begins right here…right now! (traveltrailerblog.com)
- Italy (episode 1): culinary adventure at a sagra in Abruzzo! (travelblogitaly.wordpress.com)
- Can we Live without Plant? (georgefebish.wordpress.com)
- Social Eating in Italy (bulloanitalianblog.com)
- Economic crisis hits Italian diet (bbc.co.uk)