Sicilians and Italians when they are the chief homemakers, generally shop daily (or utilize their own gardens’ bounty) to determine what they’ll cook that day. This is why everything tastes so good! An example is this beautiful, fresh cabbage seen at Ballerò street market in Palermo.
Irish: Potato, Sicilians: Eggplant
These “tunisine” eggplant are from Palermo’s historic Ballaro’ open-air market. Eggplant is a staple in Sicilian cuisine. The Irish have potatoes; Sicilians have eggplant, or “melanzane.” These, a breed that originated in Tunisia, are perfect for eggplant “alla parmigiana.”