Read an article published in the Spring 2011 issue of Edible Boston by downloading and viewing the PDF here.
History and Lore:
Pomegranates are the fruit of a small, shrubby tree, native to the Mediterranean, where it still grows wild. The fruits resemble large, brick red, leather-skinned apples with turret-like crowns. When opened, they reveal a myriad of clear-to-ruby-red, glassy-looking seeds or kernels called arils, compartmentalized and protected between tough white membranes….
Did you know that the artichoke, carciofi in Italian, is actually the flower bud of a perennial thistle plant related to the sunflower family? We eat the scale-like bracts, which we call leaves and the tender base of the flower, which we call the bottom or the heart….
Farro — A grain of the pharaohs and of Roman soldiers makes a comeback…
FARRO (Triticum Dicoccum) – WHAT IS IT
Farro (pronounced FAHR-oh) was one of the first grains known to man and kernels have been discovered in Egyptian tombs….
Although all of these abbreviations on food and wine labels seem confusing, they guarantee that a food or wine product will taste as it traditionally should. It’s labeling a product for reliability, quality and tradition.
DOP stands for Denominazione d’Origine Protetta….