We all know that Italy has one of the best cuisines in the world. So what makes Pugliese food so special? Pugliese cuisine is strongly rooted in the centuries-old farming traditions which are still used to this day, along with the vast array of fresh ingredients which are in abundance throughout the region. The amazing food and drink are one of the most compelling reasons for making a trip to Puglia simply for their great taste, but along with all styles of Mediterranean diet, the Pugliese diet is also fantastic for both your health and the planet. On this page we want to share vegetarian and vegan recipes that are part of the Pugliese tradition and typical Pugliese dishes which have been given a veggie twist. With its long heritage of fruit and vegetable agriculture, Puglia is well-suited to a sustainable and positive diet based on vegetables!
Eating a healthy, vegetarian or vegan diet has long been thought of as something that only well-off people can do, but when it comes to the Pugliese diet, the complete opposite is true. Often referred to as cucina povera - ‘cuisine of the poor’ - or peasant food, the region’s diet developed as a result of extreme poverty throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. However, the name does not refer to the quality or taste of the cuisine; as we have already mentioned, Pugliese dishes are some of the tastiest you will find in the whole of Italy. The term ‘cuisine of the poor’ more accurately pertains to the simplicity of the dishes, emphasising the fact that the local people use what they have to hand and what is grown in their immediate environment rather than buy luxury ingredients and travel far and wide for various products. Seasonal vegetables, legumes and citrus fruits. Wheat, cereals and dried fruit. Puglia is a real paradise for vegetarian food. Just a short walk in one of the many street markets that take place weekly in all corners of the region is enough to discover the huge amount of fresh produce that is produced in this lush land.