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Agretti is nutrient-dense and low in calories

What does Agretti mean? These are arguably the most named veggies ever; in fact, they go by different names in practically every region: bruschetta di frate, liscari (in Emilia Romagna), roscani (in Marche), riscoli (in Umbria), etc. Whatever the nomenclature, agretti is an excellent, nearly spontaneously growing vegetable that is in high demand. The plant has a bush-like appearance from the outside, with many thin, edible leaves that are juicy and tasty. Although the species are seasonal, harvesting is possible throughout the year.

Regarding its nutritional value, agretti is quite satisfactory. It is high in vitamin C, potassium, calcium, and magnesium at the expense of an almost nonexistent caloric intake (35 kcal per 100 grammes). Moreover, they have a high fibre content consistent with a “country” vegetable.


Are there any variants of Agretti?

There aren’t really any different types of agretti. In actuality, the species is fairly homogeneous. But they can develop distinct traits based on when they are harvested.

As an illustration, agretti with early harvesting have a more nuanced, savoury flavour. On the other hand, the vegetable is sweeter, juicier, and more delicate if the harvest is delayed. But the soil, and especially the salt level of the soil, can also affect these features.

How do I consume them?

Agretti represents the classic dietary side dish. However, they cannot be consumed raw because they are rather tough and difficult to digest. It is sufficient to blanch them for a few minutes or pan-fry them to make them fully edible. Agretti is often prepared by immersing it in boiling water and flavouring it with salt, oil, and various spices. As an alternative, you might pan-fry them along with some other ingredients, just to add a little crunch. How should I eat them?

In any case, the advice is not to add too much salt, also because the vegetable itself contains a non-negligible concentration of sodium. Agretti is currently an exclusively “culinary” species, in the sense that it is reserved for food consumption. In the past, however, it was also, and above all, used for other purposes.

The agretti, in fact, contains soda, which was obtained by burning the plant and processing its ashes. Furthermore, in some areas of Italy, this vegetable was massively used to prepare soap. Currently, there are some companies that deal with the extraction of soda from agretti, although the plant does not yield much in this sense.

What are some uses for aggretti?

As we have seen, agretti boasts excellent nutritional properties and is therefore good for your health. In fact, it especially impact some specific pathologies or disorders. But let’s see its beneficial properties in detail.

Anaemia. A combination of its high iron content (greater than many other vegetables) and high vitamin C content (which helps the iron be absorbed) make agretti beneficial for people with anaemia.

Digestive difficulties. Agretti is rich in fibre and water, a combination that impacts digestive activities. Basically, like many other vegetables with a similar composition, agretti helps digestion regardless of the way in which it is cooked.

Water retention. Precisely by virtue of the abundant presence of water, agretti can help alleviate disorders related to water retention, such as swelling, redness, and a sense of heaviness.

Obesity. It is untrue to state that eating agretti can help you lose weight, as no food has this “power” on its own. But since it provides a satisfying feeling of fullness at a very low calorie cost, they should be included in diet plans for weight loss.

Who shouldn’t eat agretti?

Given the health benefits of agretti, discussing contraindications may seem counterintuitive. In actuality, if balanced consumption is taken into account, there are no contraindications. Of course, even with healthy foods, “too much is too much.”

In this case, or if you consume them in abundance, you could suffer some “intestinal” consequences. As I have already mentioned, the intake of fibre is important and can turn into a double-edged sword. In short, exaggerating means turning agretti into a sort of laxative.

The traffic light for people with gastritis or reflux is green. Contrary to its name, agretti is one of the least acidic foods available. In this instance, the pH needs to be examined. Agretti has a pH over 7, meaning it is a “basic” component. To be clear, tomatoes frequently experience pH drops below 4.5.

What vitamins does this precious vegetable contain?

When we talk about vegetables, or at least plant foods, a lot of attention is paid to the vitamin content. How does agretti defend itself from this point of view? In reality, it is very good as it contains a lot of vitamin C, an excellent nutrient that is more or less abundant in all fruits, legumes, vegetables, etc.

It is therefore worth providing an overview of the other vitamins contained in this precious plant.

Vitamin A. It is a fundamental substance, as it is good for your eyesight and skin. Its absorption is favoured by beta-carotene, an antioxidant very present in agretti.

Vitamin B3. Also known as vitamin PP or niacin, it is a kind of all-rounder vitamin. Vitamin B3 intervenes in many processes of the organism, from cellular respiration to blood circulation, passing through the regeneration of dermal tissues. This vitamin even aids digestion.

What type of vegetable is agretti?

Domestic growing of agretti is encouraged by its deliciousness, nutritional value, and culinary applications. This obviously only affects people who have access to a vegetable garden, at the very least.

However, for agretti to develop lushly, certain conditions must be met. Compost-rich soil and regular watering are very important, as the plant has a high tolerance for drought.

September through October is the best time to sow, and a few weeks later, germination occurs; cultivation can happen in less than a month.

How is agretti planted? Rows are the best configuration for growing agretti. A minimum of 10 centimetres should separate each specimen from the next. In terms of climate, however, agretti tolerates hot climates as well as low ones.