Bruschetta (pronounced as Bru-Sketta) is an Italian appetizer or snack that is served before meal. In Italy, it is known as antipasto. For anyone who has been to Italy will know that Bruschetta is menu staple found in every restaurant. Though the Bruschetta is of Italian origin, it has spread around the world and has a very simple preparation or recipe, it is also available in different variations. Let us learn about 11 interesting facts about Bruschetta. Even if you haven’t tasted one till date, you will surely want to taste it after you are done reading this list of facts about Bruschetta.
1. Bruschetta originated in Central Italy in the 15th century and has today become a menu staple in all Italian restaurants and kitchens.
2. Marcella Hazan however believes that the origin of the dish can be traced back to ancient Rome. According to Marcella, olive growers back in ancient Rome would bring the olives to local olive press and use a bread slice to taste the sample of their freshly-pressed oil.
3. Marcella’s belief comes from the fact that the noun Bruschetta is derived from a verb bruscare from Roman dialect. Bruscare literally means ‘to roast over coals’.
4. The food is made using garlic-rubbed grilled bread which is then topped with pepper, salt, olive oil and tomatoes. Some may use basil leaves to add to its taste.
5. There may be variations in toppings such as cheese, cured meat, beans, vegetables, mozzarella, or onion.
6. Brustolina grill is usually used to grill the bread. In Italy’s Abruzzo region, bruschetta is made using a type of salami known as ventricina. Ventricina is nothing but pepper and raw pork encased and aged in a pig bladder to form a paste. The paste is then spread on open bread slices and grilled. This in particular is a method of using bread that was becoming stale.
7. Bruschetta is known as fettunta in Tuscany. This variation does not have any toppings except the olive oil. Fettunta is actually served in November and is meant for tasting the season’s first oil.
8.Bruschetta uses Italian bread. A slice of this Italian bread weighing 1 ounce contains 77 calories, 1 gm fat, 2.5 gm protein, less than 1 gm dietary fiber, 0.83 mg iron and trace amounts of niacin, calcium and zinc. The iron content in 1 ounce slice of Italian bread covers 10% of daily iron requirements for men and 5% of daily iron requirements for women.
9. Bruschetta uses a drizzle of olive oil, which according to Harvard School of Public Health, consists of unsaturated heart-healthy fats capable of lowering heart diseases and LDL or bad cholesterol. Every teaspoon of this oil contains 4.5 gm unsaturated fat. These unsaturated fats consist of monounsaturated fats which help to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and improves blood pressure. Traces amounts of vitamins K and E are also present in one teaspoon of the oil.
10. Bruschetta is also a healthy food because it contains fresh tomatoes. 1/4th of a medium size tomato as served in Bruschetta consists only 6 calories and trace amounts of fat. It also contains trace amounts of vitamins A, C and K, folate and fiber.
11. One Bruschetta also consists of one serving of fresh basil leaves. One serving equals 5 basil leaves that contain a total of 1 calorie, 10.4 micrograms vitamin K (that covers nearly 12% of our daily requirement), trace amounts of vitamins A & C, potassium and folate. Basil is rich in flavonoids, which are nothing antioxidants responsible for preventing structural damage of cells and thereby prevents the risk of cancer.
So essentially Bruschetta is a very healthy appetizer that is ideal for those who are on a mission to kill obesity. Basically it is good for everyone who is willing stay healthy. So, if you know other interesting facts about Bruschetta, let us know through the comments section. We will be delighted to learn.