Italian Vegetable Pronunciations

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Hey gardenerds, it's Christy from Gardenerdand today I want to share with you some of my pet peeves which are mispronunciation ofItalian vegetables.

So, I took Italian in college for two years and then promptly forgotmost of it, but I'm married to an Italian who enforces proper Italian pronunciationso that, having said my credentials, can give you information for you to impress your friendsat your next garden party.

So the first one is this one.

This is that dinosaur kale orTuscan kale, otherwise known as Lacinato.

Not La-sin-ato or La-sinto.

It's La-CHI-nato.

That's like Laaa.

Chi, like tai chi.


So that's the first one.

The second one arethese beets that make a bulls eye when you cut them open.

Those are called Chioggia beets.

Chioggia is an Italian town on the east coast of Italy near Venice, and the CH has a K soundand the GG runs together with the IA on the end.


So think of it like Key-oooo-ja.

Like that, if that helps.

So the other word that is often mispronounced is that littlepiece of toast that has basil, mozzarella and tomato on it.

That is called a Bruschetta.

Not Brushetta, Brew-sket-a.

It has the SCH like in school, so next time your friendssay Brusheta, you can "SCHool" them on it and say that it's Brew-sket-a.

And the lastone isn't really a pronunciation thing but it's just some knowledge, which is zucchini.

Zucchini is the Italian word for squash, and actually little squash, specifically.

So,zucca is a big squash and zucchini is a little squash.

And the I on the end in zucchini andwords like broccoli means it's plural, so you don't have to put an s on the end of zucchini.

It's not zucchinis, just zucchini, and it's plural.

So there you go, information for yournext garden party to impress your friends and say it right from now on.

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