CAULIFLOWER IS RICH IN MINERAL SALTS, INCLUDING HIGH LEVELS OF POTASSIUM, SODIUM, BORON AND SULPHUR, WHICH GIVES IT ITS PARTICULAR, VERY MARKED SCENT. CAULIFLOWER HAS ANTI-INFLAMMATORY AND DEPURATIVE PROPERTIES WHICH MAKE IT A VALUABLE ALLY IN THE CARE OF THE RESPIRATORY AND URINARY SYSTEMS, AS WELL AS THE STOMACH AND THE BOWELS.

Seasonal availability:
15 OCTOBER – 15 MAY

RED TREVISO RADICCHIO IS A VARIETY OF CHICORY THAT TYPICALLY HAS A DARK AND INTENSE RED COLOUR, WITH WHITE STREAKS, A CRUNCHY CONSISTENCY AND AN UNMISTAKABLE SLIGHTLY BITTER TASTE. RADICCHIO IS A VEGETABLE WITH GOOD BENEFICIAL HEALTH PROPERTIES FOR OUR BODIES. FIRSTLY, IT HAS DEPURATIVE PROPERTIES AND, THANKS TO ITS HIGH WATER CONTENT, THE PRESENCE OF FIBRE AND BITTER AGENTS, IT FAVOURS GOOD DIGESTIVE AND BOWEL FUNCTIONS. THANKS TO ITS LOW CALORIES CONTENT, RADICCHIO IS ALSO A VERY SUITABLE FOOD FOR SLIMMING AND CONTROLLED DIETS.

Seasonal availability:
15 NOVEMBER – 30 APRIL

IT BELONGS TO THE CABBAGE FAMILY (BRASSICA OLERACEA) AND ITS PERFECTLY DESIGNED FRACTAL FLORETS ARE ASTOUNDING. ROMANESCO CABBAGE HAS ANTI-INFLAMMATORY AND DEPURATIVE PROPERTIES, WHICH MAKE IT A VALUABLE ALLY IN THE CARE OF THE RESPIRATORY AND URINARY SYSTEMS, IN ADDITION TO THE STOMACH AND THE BOWELS.

Seasonal availability:
15 NOVEMBER – 30 MARCH

BROCCOLI IS VERY MUCH APPRECIATED FOR ITS BALANCED CONTENT OF NUTRITIONAL ELEMENTS. IT IS ALSO BELIEVED TO HAVE CERTAIN CANCER-FIGHTING PROPERTIES. FLORETS CAN BE CONSUMED RAW OR STEAMED, TO PRESERVE THE NUTRITIONAL CHARACTERISTICS SUCH AS THE HIGH CONTENT OF VITAMINS A AND C, FIBRE, CALCIUM, PHOSPHOROUS, POTASSIUM, SULPHUR AND IRON. BROCCOLI IS A VEGETABLE THAT HAS A SIGNIFICANT ROLE TO PLAY IN A BALANCED DIET.

Seasonal availability:
15 OCTOBER – 15 JULY

BUTTERNUT SQUASH IS A VARIETY OF PUMPKIN FROM NORTH AMERICA. IT HAS AN ELONGATED SHAPE, A SMOOTH, DULL YELLOW SKIN, WITH AN ORANGE YELLOW PULP. IT HAS A SLIGHTLY SWEETER TASTE THAN OTHER PUMPKINS, WHICH IS WHY IT IS VERY USEFUL IN THE PREPARATION OF SOUPS. BUTTERNUT SQUASH IS ABLE TO “FILL” AN ENTIRE MENU, FROM ANTIPASTO TO DESSERT, BECAUSE IT HAS MANY QUALITIES AND EVERY DISH WILL THEREFORE BE TASTY AS WELL AS HEALTHY.

Seasonal availability:
15 SEPTEMBER – 30 MARCH

CHIOGGIA RADICCHIO IS CHARACTERISED BY ITS VERY COMPACT ROUND SHAPE, LEAVES OF A MORE OR LESS INTENSE RED COLOUR, WITH CENTRAL WHITE VEINING WHICH IS REMINISCENT OF A ROSE. THIS CRUNCHY AND SLIGHTLY BITTER VEGETABLE IS RICH IN FIBRE, VITAMINS, CALCIUM, PHOSPHOROUS AND MAGNESIUM, WITH ANTIOXIDANT AND ANTIRADICAL AS WELL AS DIURETIC AND DEPURATIVE PROPERTIES.

Seasonal availability:
15 NOVEMBER – 30 APRIL

CELERY CONTAINS VERY FEW CALORIES AND CAN THEREFORE BE CONSUMED IN LARGE QUANTITIES. IT IS RATHER RICH IN VITAMINS A AND C, ALTHOUGH THESE VITAMINS ARE PARTLY DESTROYED BY COOKING. CELERY CONTAINS AN AROMATIC SUBSTANCE CALLED SEDANOLIDE, WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS DISTINCTIVE SCENT.

Seasonal availability:
15 OCTOBER – 15 JUNY

FENNEL IS ONE OF THE LEAST CALORIC VEGETABLES, AS IT HAS NO LIPIDS OR STARCHES; IT IS RICH IN WATER AND CONTAINS ESSENTIAL OILS THAT MAKE IT VERY DIURETIC AND HELPFUL TO DIGESTION. IT ALSO STIMULATES APPETITE.

Seasonal availability:
15 OCTOBER – 30 JUNE

CURLY CABBAGE, OR KALE, AS IT IS CALLED IN BRITAIN, IS KNOWN IN ITALY FOR ITS TUSCAN VARIETY, WHICH IS USED FOR THE TRADITIONAL DISH “RIBOLLITA”. KALE IS TRULY A SUPER FOOD, CONSIDERED TO BE ONE OF THE MOST NUTRITIOUS VEGETABLES IN THE WORLD. RICH IN ANTIOXIDANTS, MINERAL SALTS, VITAMIN C, CALCIUM AND IRON, IT HAS CANCER-FIGHTING AND ANTI-INFLAMMATORY PROPERTIES. IT IS ALSO RICH IN FIBRE, DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY FAT AND HAS VERY FEW CALORIES, WHICH MAKE IT A PERFECT FOOD FOR LOW CALORIES DIETS OR SIMPLY TO KEEP IN SHAPE.

Seasonal availability:
20 NOVEMBER – 30 MARCH

CHARD IS ONE OF THE VEGETABLES OF THE CHENOPODIACEAE FAMILY, WITH A HERBACEOUS STALK AND SHINY, LARGE, INTENSE GREEN LEAVES. CHARD IS RICH IN CALCIUM, POTASSIUM, FIBRE AND VITAMIN A.

Seasonal availability:
15 OCTOBER – 30 JUNE

CAVOLO NERO IS A LITTLE KNOWN, TYPICAL TUSCAN VEGETABLE. IT HAS ELONGATED, WRINKLY LEAVES, PARTICULARLY COMPACT AND CRUNCHY, OF A VERY DARK, ALMOST BLACK COLOUR. THE STALKS ARE RATHER TOUGH. CAVOLO NERO IS RICH IN MINERAL SALTS, SUCH AS CALCIUM, IRON AND POTASSIUM, VITAMINS A, C AND E, AND FOLIC ACID. IT IS EATEN COOKED.

Seasonal availability:
20 NOVEMBER – 30 MARCH

THIS VEGETABLE IS RICH IN BENEFITS: IT ABOUNDS IN IRON, VITAMIN A AND VITAMIN C; IT CAN PROTECT THE EYESIGHT; IT BRINGS BENEFITS TO THE IMMUNE SYSTEM AND IS EFFECTIVE FOR CONSTIPATION. IT SHOULD NOT BE MISSING IN OUR DIET.

Seasonal availability:
15 NOVEMBER – 15 APRIL

ASPARAGUS IS TRADITIONALLY RECOGNISED TO HAVE DIURETIC AND ANTIOXIDANT PROPERTIES. WITH A HIGH CONTENT OF WATER, LITTLE FAT AND NO CHOLESTEROL, ASPARAGUS IS RICH IN VITAMINS FROM A TO C, AS WELL AS MINERALS SUCH AS PHOSPHORUS AND CALCIUM, WITH A VERY HIGH CONTENT OF POTASSIUM.

Seasonal availability:
15 MARCH – 15 JUNE

THE DATTERINO TOMATO IS A TRUE CONCENTRATE OF BENEFICIAL SUBSTANCES: VITAMINS C AND A, B1, B2, B6, E, H, K AND PP, RAW OR COOKED. COMPARED TO OTHER VARIETIES OF TOMATO, IT HAS A HIGHER SUGAR CONTENT WHICH CAN REACH 12° BRIX.

Seasonal availability:
15 JULY – 15 AUGUST

BEAUTY, GOODNESS AND VIRTUE. THERE ARE MANY QUALITIES THAT MAKE GRAPES A TRUE GEM IN THE FOOD BASKET. THEY ARE HIGHLY DIGESTIBLE AND, PRIMARILY BECAUSE OF THEIR HIGH WATER CONTENT, THEIR MINIMAL QUANTITIES OF FAT AND PROTEIN AND ABUNDANCE OF SIMPLE SUGARS AND POTASSIUM, GRAPES ARE A LIGHT AND NOURISHING FRUIT. VARIETIES: BLACK MAGIC, SUPERIOR SEEDLESS, VITTORIA, ITALIA AND ITALIA 2, PALIERI, CRIMSON SEEDLESS, RED GLOBE.

Seasonal availability:
15 JULY – 30 SEPTEMBER

WATERMELON IS THE COMMON NAME OF CUCURBITA CITRULLUS, A CUCURBITACEAE ORIGINALLY FROM CENTRAL AFRICA. WATERMELON IS VERY RICH IN WATER AND SUGAR CONTENT, EVEN THOUGH IT HAS A VERY LOW NUTRITIONAL VALUE, BARELY 15-26 KCAL/100 G. THIS MEANS THAT ONE KILOGRAM HAS THE EQUIVALENT ENERGY VALUE OF TWO BOILED EGGS. THE WATERMELON IS THE FRUIT SYMBOL OF SUMMER AND ITS PRODUCTION PRIMARILY TAKES PLACE IN JUNE, JULY AND AUGUST.

Seasonal availability:
15 JULY – 30 AUGUST