First day in Italy and what do I do? Go straight to my favorite street food market, Campo Di Fiori in Rome. Leaving Australia on the first day if Spring, it was great to time warp to a land with late summer seasonal fruit and veg. So what did I see? Juicy stone fruit of all varieties, rich in colour and juice. Holding a peach in my hand, it is weighed down by its juicy flesh. Melons are another treat, their perfume overwhelming even as you hold one. Served with prosciutto, what could be better than this sweet and salty combination? Tomatoes are abundant, especially cherry sized and on the vine. These clusters are just calling out to be eaten on bruschetta with some fresh mozzarella!
In Italy, the market stall holders often prepare veggies ready to eat. You might see a beautiful mix if salad leaves or artichokes trimmed and soaking in lemon water, or green veggies trimmed and chopped ready for the pot. Today I was drawn to the minestrone mix . Veggies selected for soup were washed, chopped and dotted with marble speckled borlotti beans. Ready to go in your pot! Now this is fast food with a slow food mentality. And I love it!