How well do you know Italian fruit and vegetables? Have you discovered the culinary delights of cooking with fragrant bergamot from Calabria or an earthy risotto rich with porcini?
Italy boasts a particularly fine selection of homegrown fruit and vegetables each absorbing the characteristics of the unique environment in which they are grown, from forested hillsides to waterlogged plains, the soil and climate all help cultivate some very special produce.
From the world-famous porcini to the unusual red eggplant from Rotunda, we introduce you to nine Italian favourites.
Each comes with its own personality and is big on flavour and style. Take a look and see which you’ll be trying out in the kitchen.
Italian Delicacies: 9 Fruits and Vegetables to Know
Italy is the queen of artichokes, boasting almost half of the world’s artichoke production. From purple to thorny find out all about Italy’s gourmet artichokes and how to enjoy them at their finest.
This fragrant Mediterranean citrus fruit is highly sought after by chefs around the world for its versatile use in both sweet and savoury cooking. Find out all about bergamot here.
This sweet and delicate pumpkin is famous throughout northern Italy. Try the popular pumpkin tortelli from Mantova and you’ll soon understand why. Find out all about Mantua pumpkin here.
These precious apricots are grown in a special area of Southern Italy in Calabria. Find out more here and discover these sweet summer fruits.
These much loved Sicilian tomatoes will transport you to the sun-soaked island with one bite. They’re best eaten fresh with a hint of extra virgin olive oil according to the purists! Find out more here.
These tasty green spikes can be found in various countries around the world, but Italy boasts some particularly refined varieties. Try them with a fried egg and some shavings of Grana Padano for a delicious light dinner. Find out all about gourmet asparagus here.
Red Eggplant from Rotunda
This unusual looking aubergine might get mistaken for a tomato but its reputation is “devilish”. Find out why here.