The month of the tasting. Due to the extraordinary richness of vegetables and fruit, we can taste everything. We can say that August is the richest month flavour-wise. Almost all vegetables are present and among fruit, apples, pears, plums and even some grapes are ready to be tasted. Farmers begin the autumn sowing with the wheat to prepare the crops for next year.
The name of August comes from the first Roman emperor Augustus Caesar who wanted to have a month after his name just as Iulius Caesar.
It is still very hot, people go on vacation and enjoy everything they can taste because it is August the month of the tasting.
In the first weeks of August it is the fast of the Virgin Mary. It’s an easy job to keep because there are many vegetables. In the first week of the month it is customary for women to go again to collect herbs and then dry them for the winter. On the occasion of Saint Mary’s Day, the fields are sprinkled with sanctified water and in addition some of the wheat grains are sanctified and then mixed and sowed in the grounds. At the end of August the sheep descend from the mountain and traditionally men change their summer hats with their winter hats.
As vegetables there are: tomatoes, potatoes, onions, peppers, eggplants, beans, salad and carrots. As fruits there are: apples, pears, plums, grapes (some summer grapes, usually white) and melons of all kinds.
The month of August is also called the month of “Gustar” (Tasting).