Sorry I still can’t add photos, but I have figured out how to use Flickr to upload photos. See the above link for my latest album about the below topic.
Yesterday morning went to the Padova markets on my way from Venice to Croatia.
The hit of inspiration I got from the visit was better than a double shot of Italian espresso!
The range of products was not really anything surprising or to rave about but the quality was outstanding! Everything seemed to of been ripened the old fashioned way (on the vine or plant and in the sun) instead of the insipid under ripe and under flavored things you find in many other markets of the world.
Something I expected to obviously stand out were the tomatoes………………….. No surprises here as there were some spectacular examples from Sicily in all kinds of shapes and colors. The smell from the vine (which happens to be my favorite smell in the world) was intoxicating! Every vine was perfect down to the small hairs which grow on them and full of oil.
Also plenty of amazing Artichokes in the prime of there season ranging from tiny to as big as a baseball, something curious is how much business is done on raw artichokes which are peeled and cut into disks. There seem to be 100 different places selling them from a waterbath in front of their stands.
1 Very interesting product is a kind of ridicio as you can see in my flickr photos which resembles a green rose with lightly packed petals. The pattern in the leaves is amazing with little uniform spots of red and purple.
Also it is the time of year for wild Asparagus here in Europe, which if you have never tried it I recommend it! The flavor is very strong in minerals and is very bitter, goes perfectly with a 64.5 degree egg and hollandaise sauce!