Campodimele was a really fun place to discover fact about because it is really interesting to know what makes this small town to important and so healthy. Local products are the main focus here as well as fresh air.
Life span of 95 years
- Campodimele is a small village that is in between Rome and Naples, this Italian town is also called the “Village of Eternity.”
“Campodimele is a classic Italian rural idyll. It’s a village that is about 1,000 years old and situated on a mountain top in the middle of the Aurunci Mountains. It’s about 25 km (15 miles) from the Tyrrhenian Sea coast.”
- Pure mountain air
- It’s residents can live to 95 years.
- wild asparagus, ripe figs, local pasta.
- Festival of the “cicerchie” – It’s a small bean that look like a squashed chickpea. It has a sweet and musty taste, its local of Campodimele.
- Festival of “laine e fagioli” – “Laine is pasta ribbons made out of just flour and water. There are stalls laid out in the village, and you can see the ladies rolling the pasta and cutting it into ribbons. Then it’s served up to the public with sort of a tomato sauce laced with beans and onions.”
- They have food festivals, it is common to eat spaghetti with ricotta sauce.
- They don’t use the word “organic” because its just obvious there.
- Locally grown fruits and vegetables.
- Goat and wild boar is hunted locally.
- They use a lot of olive oil.
What do they eat?
- They grow Mediterranean vegetable like “artichokes, shallots, salad greens, arugula, porcini mushrooms, root vegetables, spinach, shallots, garlic and tomatoes. Their vegetables are fertilized with nutrient-rich manure and are perfectly delicious simply boiled for a short time and eaten as they are.
- “Sometimes drink the water vegetables have been cooked in, thus getting all the minerals which leach into water during cooking.”
- They use herbs like basil, oregano, rosemary and thyme.
- Fresh fruit.
- They eat and make their own fresh pasta called laina, “from whole wheat flour, and their own whole wheat bread which they dunk in extra virgin olive oil.”
- “They make their own extra virgin oil, cloudy, green and rich in flavor.”
- They “use fagioli beans and a small locally-made bean variety called cicerchie in soups, stews and pasta dishes.”
- “A local specialty is laine e cicerchie – home made pasta with cicerchie beans cooked in tomatoes, onion and garlic and served with dried ricotta cheese made from goat’s milk.”
- “Another favorite dish is cicerchie beans soaked overnight then simmered with garlic, onion and shallots and poured over slices of home made whole wheat bread with a good wholesome slosh of heart-friendly olive oil.”
- “Get their protein from a variety of sources, including nuts, beans, fish, snails, goat meat, lamb, locally-made parma ham, chickens and wild boar, all lean and organic.”
- “Eat traditionally-fermented cheese from organic unpasteurized sheep and goat milk.”
- “Eat ‘a little of everything’.”
- “Eat a well-balanced diet with the right proportions of carbohydrates (such as whole grains and vegetables), proteins and beneficial fats.”
- “Prefer a barley drink to coffee.”
- “Drink a glass of home-made white or red wine with a meal, sometimes diluted with water. They also drink plenty of water during the day.”
- “Linger over their food, chatting, relaxing, and really enjoying their meal.”
Recipe: Stuffed, baked eggplant
5 Amazing Barley Water Benefits: Drink Up This Elixir to Good Health
Plavaneeta Borah , NDTV | Updated: October 22, 2017 22:34 IST
How to make Barley Water in 3 easy steps
Barley water is commonly available to buy from the supermarket but here we are going to show you how you can easily make your own fresh delicous version that is free from artificial colours, preservatives and sweeteners etc.
Barley Water is made using barley grain which is commonly available as Pearl Barley. You should be able to find Pearl Barley in health food stores and supermarkets. Because it tastes of relatively little, a zesty or tangy flavour such as Lemon or Orange is normally used to liven the taste up. Other fruit juices can also be used and honey is often used to counter balance the tartness of the fruit acids.
Ingredients for Barley Water
- 1 cup organic Pearl Barley
- 5 cups water
- Juice of 1/2 – 1 lemon (to taste or other fruit if preferred)
- 1 tablespoon honey (optional to taste)
- Cinnamon stick (optional)
- Root Ginger (optional)
Servings: 4 cups
1. Put ingredients in a pan
Place the Pearl Barley in a sieve and rinse for a minute or so with plenty of fresh running water.
Place the Pearl Barley, water (and ginger / cinnamon if using) in a pan that can easily accommodate the volume of barley water you are making. Switch the heat on.
2. Boil it up
Bring the water to the boil and then simmer for 20-25 minutes with the lid off. This will reduce the amount of water by about 1/3.
The grains should be softened and cooked.
3. Strain and refine taste
Pour the barley water mixture through a sieve to seperate the barley grains, ginger and cinnamon from the Barley Water. Add the lemon juice (or other preferred fruit juice) and honey to taste, stir and leave to cool.
Barley water is normally drunk cold and it is best to drink it on the day of making when it is at its freshest. Your home made Barley Water should keep well in a covered container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Raw Barley Water
Although the recipe above is probably the most common type of Barley Water recipe you can also make a raw version by placing all the ingredients into a jug that is covered with a breathable lid / kitchen towel. Stir the mixture and leave to stand for 24 hours. Strain the mixture using a fine metallic sieve and serve.
What do I do with the left over Barley?
The left over Barley is useful for a number of other recipes such as:
- Bulking out and thickening soups and stews with it
- Combining it with some chopped nuts, seeds, sultanas, raisins and other dried fruits for an alternative to muesli or porridge.This has natural sweeteners and is high in dietary fiber.
- Add it to salads to add another texture
- Pop it in your blender and use it as a thickener for your smoothies
Variations on the recipe
You can use the same recipe but just substitute other flavours into the drink instead of the lemon/ginger/cinnamon/honey. Try using fresh Mint leaves, Orange or Lime juice, Maple Syrup and other herbs and spices.