Romania’s Vegetable Gene Bank

Romanians are rightly proud of the savory taste of their locally-grown fruits, nuts, seeds, and vegetables. But few know that this important piece of Romanian heritage is being preserved by just one small institution. My translation: The delicious terroire of heritage tomatoes, which were grown 50-60 years ago in Romanian fields, are preserved with special care in a little corner of [Romanian] Moldova. The Vegetable … Continue reading Romania’s Vegetable Gene Bank

A Refreshing Drink of Sweet Water Juice

The other day, a friend of mine posted a rather humorous breakdown of the differences between some words used in Romania and the Republic of Moldova. One of them, in particular, made me smile, as I remember learning all three versions during the course of my adventures in learning the language. Making the issue even more fun is the plethora of ways this particular item … Continue reading A Refreshing Drink of Sweet Water Juice

Afterburner Part 2

Word Count: 664 After I wrote my post Afterburner, a commenter made the obvious connection to another kind of food. When I mentioned this to my wife, she just said, “Duh”, and I shook my head in disbelief that I’d missed such low hanging fruit in my original post. Whereas the Romanian word usturoi (garlic) comes from an old Latin verb for “to singe” or … Continue reading Afterburner Part 2