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The Palm Trees of Puglia
By Dick Oliver
Dick Oliver is a former managing editor of the New York Daily
News and hosted a radio show on WABC and WOR for many years
with local reporters. He also was also the political TV
correspondent for Fox-TV’s “Good Day New York” for more than 12
Years ago, on my first trip to Ireland, while playing golf in the Ring of Kerry on the southwest coast, I
was astonished to find palm trees along the edge of fairways bordering the sea.
Palm trees in Ireland? A young golf caddy explained that they had arrived over the centuries from the
islands of the Gulf of Mexico via the gulf stream, a warm water channel that has carried palm seeds
from the new world to the old.
Now you may ask why a travel piece
about the Puglia area of Italy opens
with Irish palm trees. Let me
explain: You drop into the northern
Puglian city of Bari on an hour-long
flight from Rome. Here, at the Bari
Airport you find palm trees, not only
on the coast, but throughout Puglia,
which comprises the entire heel of
the “boot” of Italy on the map.
Where did these palm trees come
from? Da dove provengono?
The first clue is location and weather. This part of Italy is renowned for its solleone (sun of the
lion), scorching mid-summer heat. Puglia is cooled by the Mediterranean climate throughout the
year. Average temperatures in Bari range from 50 degrees (Fahrenheit) in winter, 68 degrees in
spring and fall, to 76 degrees in summer.
The best weather is along the coast of the Adriatic Sea. Thus the best times to visit are spring
(April-June) and fall (September-October). Most Italians vacation in July and August so Puglia
tends to be overcrowded and pricey then. But it is magnificent year-round along the Adriatic sea
and its bounty, its beautiful beaches, secluded caves and coves; and inland, fields of olive and
citrus trees, and vineyards for fine wine-making.
The Pugliese cuisine stems from these
sources, resulting in a traditional, ancient
flavor and cooking style. Olives, citrus
fruits, wines and goat cheese are essential
to the region's cooking. Seafood arrives in
many delicate but simple ways. One of my
favorite dinners in Puglia featured
homemade orecchiette, a shell-like pasta
covered in an olive-based sauce.
Accompanied by a popular
Puglian-produced Primitivo wine; it was
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