G is for Gelato

Oh Gelato, the wonderful creamy goodness. One of Italy’s most popular import products.

Originally from Sicily (hey, we’re re-visiting this island again! The Sicilians are a bunch of inventive people…), the Italian word gelato is derived from the Latin word gelatus, which literally means frozen. So you’re eating frozen. Just let it go.  

gelato italy
Stracciatella and Frutti Rossi

Anyways, the story of gelato goes back to the days of the Roman Empire, when cold desserts came to be. Back then however, they were made from snow and ice from the mountains, which was the origin of the sorbet. In 1686, the first gelato machine was invented by a Sicilian man (who would’ve guessed). It took 3 more centuries to have gelato become widely popular though.

By then, the fame of gelato had reached many countries all over the world, with companies starting to industrialize the process.  

However, true gelato is always hand-made. What makes us like gelato so much, might just be the density of the ice. Due to the gelato being churned at a significantly slower rate than industrial ice cream, less air is incorporated, which makes it much denser and intense.  

gelato italy
Stracciatella and Nutella

 

Fun fact: On average hand-made gelato – the kind you find in Italy – contains about half the amount of fat (6-10%) that is in industrial ice cream (8-12%).

Here are my favourite Gelaterias you should definitely check out when in Rome:

  • Verde Pistacchio on Via Nazionale.
  • Gelateria della Palma. Via della Maddalena 19/23, opposite the Pantheon.
Advertisements

17 Comments Add yours

  1. Veronica says:

    I want one now! 😭

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Hannah G says:

    Oh my. Yes please. I’ve never tried gelato, but hopefully something from the grocery store will do!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. basilandoil says:

      I hope so too! It’s so much better than the regular ice cream, much more intense than what we’re used to!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Hannah G says:

        Update: I bought some gelato. It was amazing. 😀

        Liked by 1 person

  3. Shauna841505 says:

    Mmmmmm that looks amazing!!! Now I want ice cream!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Lenze says:

    Gelato is yummy! Can’t wait to have some this summer!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. helldoesntownme says:

    I love gelato and I’ve just begun a paleo diet. While reading your post, I saw myself in Sicily deciding, I can have a gelato. I’m on vacation. Thanks for inspiring my imagination.

    Visiting from A to Z,
    Drusilla Barron
    http://lovedasif.com
    http://glamofgod.com

    Liked by 1 person

    1. basilandoil says:

      You’re very welcome! Sometimes you just have to treat yourself!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. bookbakeblog says:

    Gelato is one of my favourite things in the world…! My mouth starts watering just looking at this! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. basilandoil says:

      Mine too! So delicious!

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s