Strega Nona's traditional wisdom is challenged by modern marketing techniques employed by her childhood friend, Strega Amelia.
Shaggy Sparrow-Wort (Thymelaea hirsuta), a species of thyme, is appreciated as a traditional remedy throughout the Mediterranean Basin.
Isola di Capo Rizzuto, southern Crotone Province, Calabria, southern Italy: Franz Xaver, CC BY SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons @ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Thymelaea_hirsuta_1.jpg
Strega Nona's childhood friend, Strega Amelia, engages in ploys -- such as free cappuccino -- to lure customers into her modern shop.
traditional cappuccino with goodly amount of foam: Rebecca Storevik, CC BY SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons @ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Traditional_cappuccino.jpg
In "Strega Nona Meets Her Match," Strega Nona's competitor, Strega Amelia, entices customers with free desserts.
Giurgiulena, a nougat-like candy especially treasured at Christmas, is a typical sweet of Calabria. Basic ingredients include sesame and honey, with confetti as colorful garnish.
Sesame (Sesamum indicum) seeds are main ingredient in giurgiulena.: Sigrid Verbert (Sigridverbert), CC BY SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons @ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Giurgule_s.jpg
"Strega Nona Meets her Match~ read aloud" (10"18)
Uploaded June 1, 2021, by Creative Read Alouds to YouTube ~ URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQoA_kLU-4s
Tomie dePaola's Strega Nona series is set in Calabria, a region of natural beauty in the "toe" of the Italian Peninsula
Diamante, Province of Cosenza, northwestern Calabria, southern Italy: PhotoLab XL, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons @ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Diamante_Monte_La_Caccia_Snow.jpg