Right beside the fish markets near the Rialto, are several dozen stalls of fruit and vegetable vendors that together comprise a pretty stunning small but abundant product market. Open 5 days a week, the produce on offer was eye candy for Marketman. Up top, the most amazing planggana or plastic basin filled with the freshest zucchini flowers. There were several more containers filled with flowers nearby. Stunning.
The male flowers are typically the ones sold for frying or stuffing, while the female flowers are at the end of zucchini fruit, seen here above. I love small succulent zucchini, one of my pet peeves of our locally grown zucchini is that they grow them WAY TOO BIG. To the right of the zucchini above are fresh borlotti beans, and to the left, humongous capsicum or sweet red bell peppers.
The natural colors and shapes of fresh vegetables are always incredibly photogenic.
Fresh raspberries, blueberries and blackberries so early in the summer? Probably imported from southern Italy or another country even…
Perfect asparagus, not too thin, not too thick and the tips still tightly closed…
INCREDIBLE baby or small artichokes, a personal favorite, a crate of cherries, some robust bulbs of fennel.
Suga snap or related peas, borlottis, green beans and spectacular tomatoes, though at that time of year these had to have been greenhouse tomatoes I would think.
Super fresh herbs including sage, basil, rosemary so thick you could use the stems as skewers…
…tons of flat leaf parsley, almost sweet tasting in Italy, not grassy at all like those raised in very hot weather.
And finally, some vibrant young spring radishes, with just enough zing, ideal for that odd but delicious pairing with butter and bread, radishes sliced thinly and laid over the butter and bread… I always find it invigorating to visit produce markets like this. And with some small tapas like bars nearby, just seeing all this produce works up an appetite! :)