Strawberries! Bolzano/Bozen, Italy

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L Lee McIntyre

Joined April 2010

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Small 13" x 13"
Medium 16" x 16"
Large 18" x 18"


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  • 1 inch wide super strong cotton shoulder strap (14 inch length)
  • Soft yet hard wearing 100% spun Polyester Poplin fabric
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When I lived in Bolzano, Italy, one of my favorite “everyday expeditions” was taking my cloth shopping bag over to the outdoor market in Piazza Erbe. My favorite fruit vendor, Hanna, always had the choicest fruit each day, like these delectably succulent strawberries. Her displays were so enticing, though, they often tempted tourists to misbehave:

Hanna carries all kinds of fruit from all over the world. … Many times on the signs she’ll add comments about the fruit; for example, this summer the signs next to the strawberries promised that they were “flavorful” and “sweet,” in both German and Italian.

Actually, in German one of the things it promised was that they were “aromatisch”. I’m not sure if that word conveys exactly the same idea of “scent” that its English cognate, “aromatic,” does. But if it does, that may help explain why Hanna is constantly having to remind people that her other signs — in German, Italian and English — prohibit touching and smelling the fruit.

When I first started going to the market, I thought Hanna had put “don’t smell” on the sign as a kind of joke. But no, I have now witnessed people attempting to stick their noses right in the baskets to take a whiff of the merchandise on display. It drives Hanna crazy; apparently there are a fair number of people each day who do that — or try to — despite the sign. This, in addition to the people who want to poke and prod everything, and/or disturb the carefully piled pyramids of peaches, etc. by selecting from the bottom of the pile. Being an outdoor fruit vendor here has its challenges.
— From Chapter 7, “Fruits and Veggies” in Life on a Gelato Diet, now available in paperback and for Kindle on Amazon (

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