Castagne – chestnuts

Probably one of the earliest foods eaten by man, chestnuts have an amazingly long history. The ancient Greeks imported their trees from Asia Minor. Romans then imported chestnuts from Kastanum in Asia Minor and Castanea is still the botanical name. While several varieties of the chestnut tree exist worldwide,…

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Aceto Balsamico – Balsamic vinegar

Written spring 2003

Balsamic vinegar — aceto balsamico — has always been a big puzzle to most people. Its tangy sweet sour taste has made it one of the most popular condiments in America since the late seventies. However, most of the balsamic vinegar sold here has little in common with the real thing,…

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