Regular readers will know about my passion for visiting markets when travelling around the world. I have just come back from a short trip to Florence
. In Italy there is little separation between growing your own food and eating it! In fact I was hard pressed to find any supermarket food at all. Everything was fresh and local. Such a pride in displaying their produce it was a joy to see.
The Mercato Centrale
is Europe's largest covered food hall opened in 1874. Built on 2 levels this just had to be one of my priorities. Lunch and evening meal every day was purchased here. Fresh olive bread, fresh mozzarella, beefsteak tomatoes and a bottle of Chianti!
Many Italian courgettes
(known as zucchine
) are sold with their flowers still on. In fact, you can buy the flowers on their own to deep fry in batter. So many different varieties of each vegetable on sale here, so much choice of fresh food I could not help but salivate!
are sold in different sizes, colours and forms, whole like this or smaller and sold with the leaves peeled back, just with the inner hearts.
This local variety of variegated lettuce was very attractive - in fact I wonder if it was a type of chicory. I could just love to make a fresh salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar! Perfecto!
Oh... and there was some art too! ;-)