|Cherry tomatoes from Pachino|
|Salted capers, none of that brine here|
|Spices from around the world|
|Famed pistachios from Bronte|
We were at the market with our guide and cooking teacher for the morning, Loredanna. She and her colleagues are the new wave of entrepreneur here, wanting to grow the economy here in Sicily by teaching others about the cuisine, the island and its products. she belongs to a cooperative in Ortigia that has taken over an old convent, where there is a cooking school, as well as areas for artists, and others who wish to grow the economy here.
Did I mention the tuna? This is the season and there is tuna and swordfish everywhere. These are enormous fish, and by the end of the day, all of the fish is sold to the locals and the restaurants.
|I'm not sure if shark nose is a delicacy, but someone got one that morning|
|Not a fishy smell anywhere|
|Baby cod fish|
|It would not be an Italian market without flowers|
|Broccoli as big as your head|
Our last stop at the end of the market was Salumeria Burgio, where only local products most with the DOP, DOC designation are sold. So, premium products from Sicily. We were given small tastes of some of the cheeses, and salame, and Loredana chose a few for our aperitivo before class.
|Heading out of the market, I caught the Orange Juice lady|