We all know that Italians are known for cooking some of the best tasting food around. The moment the aroma of fresh basil hits your nose, you begin to embrace the essence of Italian Cooking. The key to knowing “How to Eat Like an Italian,” all lies in mastering flavor. By using seasonal, fresh ingredients, you can take a basic Italian dish and make it restaurant quality.
Farm to table is the root culture of Italian Cooking. Italians believe in home-grown organic farming without the use of harmful pesticides and gardening products, making their produce more flavorful and better tasting.
Even when Italians have to shop at the supermercato, (or supermarket) they keep their shopping local. It’s all about rich, wholesome ingredients for the Italian family. Not only do they grow their own produce, but Italians know when to buy/harvest and cook seasonally as well. Tomatoes, for example, come into season during the late spring and early summer. Taking advantage of the seasonal harvest will give every bite of your dish better flavor.
Fortunately, here in the U.S local farmer’s markets that sell seasonal produce have become more and more popular. Organic foods are being sold in major supermarkets and specialty stores. If you don’t have a farmers markets in your town, look for CSA or Community-Sustained Agriculture programs near you. These programs are popping up all over the country and connecting consumers directly to farmers and organic options.
Cooking Italian food is easy. Preparing a meal that takes you right to Italy is another. Keep it fresh and when you can, use organic ingredients. And remember, when you shop like an Italian, you only get the best!