The discovery of America in 1492, Inter alia, He changed forever European eating habits.
After the company made by Christopher Columbus, and to, nothing was like before, even at the table.
In overseas lands fact, arose fruits and vegetables unknown to us, which immediately attracted the curiosity (and appetite) guests.
Beginning with the end of '400 then, on our plates they began arriving new products, largely fruits and vegetables, some of which are destined to become an integral part of our diet (see also https://www.pilloledistoria.it/6354/storia-moderna/lalimentazione-nelleuropa-moderna-riso-grano-saraceno-pomodori-peperoncini-fagioli).
curiously, vegetables destined to later become fundamental in the European food and, in particular, Italian, beginning were not at all successful (I will speak in an appropriate post).
However, as it regards the fruit and vegetables from America which immediately found a positive response, There are pumpkin “turchesca”, the “Bean without eye” and the more.
The pumpkin “turchesca” He made such a furore in Gonzaga court in Mantua, from then lead to the emergence of “mythical” tortellini.
The so-called “beans without eye”, other than European varieties “with the eye”, immediately became a must the aristocratic tables.
Only later, they were relegated to “food for poor”.
The more finally, introduced in Italy by the Spaniards, found immediate feedback from the population (photo: lauramalinverni.wordpress.com).