Iceland Volcano to Travelers and Mozzarella: Kiss My Ash

Saturday, April 17, 2010

mozzarellaIceland volcano Eyjafjallajokull (ay-yah-FYAH’-plah-yer-kuh-duhl or “Lady Jaja” as we like to call her) just gave the finger to hundreds of thousands of travelers in Europe and around the world.  Jaja erupted earlier this week sending dangerous ash into the air; winds have scattered the air across many countries, disrupting air travel across the continent and to those traveling to other continents with stops in Europe.

The worst part about this disruption? The buffalo mozzarella from Italy that is not able to be transported to other countries!

“Producers of Italy’s milky white, prized buffalo mozzarella, which is highly perishable, pondered their options. ‘In the next couple of days we have to decide,’ said Vito Amendolara, head of the farmers lobby Coldiretti’s office in Campania, the region around Naples famed for the cheese. ‘We cannot sell buffalo milk as it is, because it is too fatty and is meant solely for production of mozzarella. We will either have to throw away the milk or find alternative markets” by heavily promoting it locally.’”

Another Italian victim of a different volcano...

Another Italian victim of a different volcano...

Ack!  Forget the funeral of the Polish President and all the once in a lifetime destination weddings that will be affected.  This cheese disaster is catastrophic.  What’s next?  Should we not expect our weekly shipment of harkarl from Iceland itself?  Oh, the humanity!

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