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Summer Food in Umbria

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June 24, 2014 / Italian / By
Anna

If you love fresh food, Italy is the place to eat. Unlike in some other countries, the fruit and vegetables all taste the way they are meant to taste. 

Having bought a little less than an acre of land just outside the ancient town walls of Bevagna The tall guy (TTG) and I have spent three years turning it from a neglected vineyard into a productive garden and orchard.

The first year was a disaster. The ground was too hard to dig without acquiring repetitive strain injury. Then having dug it over with the help of a rotivator, there was very little rain, far less than usual. I felt like a female Jean de Florette as I staggered up and down the rows of spindly plants with water I had hauled up from the depths of the well. I was getting very fit, but this could not go on.

After a few weeks, TTG turned up and with the help of a neighbor got us set up with a pump to lift the water from the well. A little more effort and we had a watering system with a timer and were able to take the odd day off watering. Of course, the system only works sporadically because of the heavy calcium buildup in the pipes from the water. But this is Italy. We never thought it would be easy.

The following year we had floods and some of the trees drowned. This year the elms are dying - Dutch elm disease - so is that pestilence? Next - well that's war, but I hope we can restrict it to war on weeds.

In our third year now, we can produce plenty of delicious vegetables and are growing an increasing amount of fruit.

The roses are a treat.

There are tomatoes and lots of vegetables coming on apace. In the mean time we are buying tomatoes from the local fruiterer, but they are still delicious; not as delicious as homegrown tomatoes of course. Served with mozzarella di bufala they are delicious.

A simple meal designed around the vegetables most plentiful on any given day, a little salami plus some pecorino (sheep cheese) from my friends' herd of 500 sheep or fresh eggs is a common lunch after a morning in the garden.

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