Every summer, Isabella, her mother, Dina, and her daughter, Federica, honor the family tradition and make tomato sauce in their garden.
The process is a laborious one that takes several hours, from hand picking each tomato to adding basil leaves into jars one by one.
This year, the family has turned more than 200 kilos of tomatoes into sauce.
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Following is a transcript of the video.
Claudia Romeo: We’re in Corato, Puglia, Italy, and today I’m going to meet with Isabella and her family, who are going to show me how they make their tomato sauce, in their garden. Finding a family that makes traditional tomato sauce from their own tomatoes in their own house has become pretty rare, sadly, here in Italy. This is such a fascinating tradition, and, most of all, it is the original way to make it. So, they’ve got about 20 kilos of tomatoes ready for us. Let’s go and turn them into sauce.
Making tomato sauce from scratch is a laborious process that takes several hours, from handpicking each tomato to adding basil leaves into jars one by one. It has a far greater meaning than just preserving the harvest of the summer. For Isabella, her mother, Dina, and her daughter, Federica, it is a bonding experience that brings together three generations. How many years have you been making sauce all together?
Isabella: Eh, well —
Dina: All my life.
Isabella: Me personally, all my life, I remember when I was a kid.
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