Green Thumb Festival - St. Pete - 4-27-2019
September 30, 2019
By: Andy Firk

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April 27, 2019 - REPORT FROM THE ROAD - GREEN THUMB FESTIVAL - OLIVES FOR FLORIDA: I already grow eleven types of heirloom olives here at Bamboo Grove, so what is just one more? At this morning's Green Thumb Festival in St. Pete I purchased a new tree, an heirloom variety from the Edible Plant Store's booth for just $20... "BELLA DI CERIGNOLA", aka "CERIGNOLA". This variety is originally form Cerignola, (south eastern) Italy. These "extremely large" fruits are said to be "noticeably mild", "buttery", as well as "meaty and nutty" and are good for green, red, or black brine-curing. When cured with a little bit of vinegar they are supposed to be "slightly sweet". "Try gently roasting them with whole garlic cloves and a sprig of rosemary." I haven't seen this variety fruit in Florida yet, so let's wish this beautiful 3-foot tree lots of luck! 
PHOTO from territori,