Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Word of the week- anguria

I had this for lunch, after my caprese salad and wine- a big, cool slice of watermelon. Anguria (ahn-GOOR-eeya) is also called cocomero (coh-COH-meh-roh), and is popular in Italy in the summertime. The orange melon i.e. cantaloupe is called melone, as in the famous prosciutto e melone. Both are low in calories, filling and thirst-quenching, due to their high water content.

Because of its bulk and weight and the difficulty of keeping it cool and fresh at home, there are watermelon stands in Italian cities. The people who sell their products there (whole or by the slice) are variously known as anguriari, angurai, or other such forms.