This fine, and fleshy lemon, rich in essential oils, gives the liqueur, an unequaled aroma and taste. Another characteristic that makes “Sfusato lemons”world famous is the fact that they can be preserved for long periods. Because of the particular micro climate of the Amalfi Coast, the right mixture of mountain and sea air and the chemical properties of the terrain, a geographical indication status (P.G.I.) has been conferred by the Italian authorities.
The first lemon trees, were brought to the Amalfi Coast by the Jewish population, during the first century B.C. By this time the Amalfi Republic had reached its apex, around 1000 A.D., lemon trees had spread throughout the Amalfi Coast territory.
Trade between the Amalfitani and the Byzantines flourished from the eighth to the thirteenth centuries. From Amalfi shiploads of precious stones, textiles and spices were unloaded and, last but not least, citrus trees to be cultivated all over the region.
Healing properties were soon discovered and Sfusato lemons were used in medicines by the famous Salerno Medical School.
Leeks, known scientifically as Allium porrum, are related to garlic, onions, shallots, and scallions. Leeks look like large scallions, having a very small bulb and a long white cylindrical stalk of superimposed layers that flows into green, tightly wrapped, flat leaves. Cultivated leeks are usually about 12 inches in length and one to two inches in diameter and feature a fragrant flavor that is reminiscent of shallots but sweeter and more subtle.
With a more delicate and sweeter flavor than onions, leeks add a subtle touch to recipes without overpowering the other flavors that are present. Although leeks are available throughout the year they are in season from the fall through the early part of spring when they are at their best.
The “Sorrento “Walnut is characterized by an intense and pleasant aroma, it best expresses its properties when served with semi-mature cheeses, robust red wines and salads. Its attractive shaped kernel makes it perfect for preparation of aperitifs, fruit salads and decoration of biscuits, cakes and sandwiches. Excellent for pesto and risottos preparation and as a crispy breading for fish and meat.
Properties: Thanks to vitamin E, walnuts are small pearls of youth which fight the action of free-radicals and act as an excellent antioxidant. Walnuts are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids and mineral salts, such as zinc, calcium, potassium, copper and iron. They are particularly high in magnesium and therefore are considered one of the natural food supplements of this mineral. Walnuts are also important source of vitamin E and folic acid. The omega 3 acids contained in walnuts help lowering the “bad” cholesterol level in the blood, preventing arteriosclerosis and most likely fighting stress.
Piedmont Hazelnut "Tonda Gentile Trilobata" PGI
The variety of hazelnut tree grown in Piedmont is the Tonda Gentile Trilobata, which is mainly produced in the provinces of Cuneo, Asti and Alessandria, in the hilly areas of the Langhe, Roero and Monferrato.
The PGI denomination guarantees the quality and authenticity of the product to users and consumers.
The “Nocciola Piemonte PGI.”, is particularly appreciated by the confectionary industry for its quality parameters as:
- spherical shape of the seed
- excellent aroma and taste after roasting
- easy to peel
- good shelf life
These are the reasons why the Nocciola Piemonte is commonly recognised as the Best in the World!
Friggitelli peppers are elongated and slender pods, averaging 5 to 12 centimeters in length, and have a conical shape that tapers to a partially indented and rounded non-stem end. The waxy skin bears shallow folds and furrowing, ripening from green to red when mature. Underneath the thin skin, the flesh is crisp and pale green, encasing a central cavity filled with flat and round, cream-colored seeds. When picked green, Friggitello peppers are subtly sweet and offer a mild bitterness. As the pod matures into its scarlet red state, it develops an even sweeter flavor and a mild heat. Excellent source of vitamins A, B, and C, and also contain many essential minerals like potassium, iron, and manganese.
Friggitelli peppers are often referred to as “the famous frying pepper of Naples” and are favored for their sweet, crisp flesh and mild heat. In Italy, the sweet peppers are fried with garlic and light seasonings in olive oil and are traditionally served at restaurants with basil, tomatoes, and parmesan cheese over crusty bread. Outside of Italy, Friggitello peppers also received the Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society of the United Kingdom in 2005. This distinction is given to varieties of plants that demonstrate superior growth traits for home gardening through rigorous trial and assessments. Some of the characteristics tested include color and production, availability, and resistance to disease and pests.
Super sweet Honey Melon
It is an aesthetically very particular fruit, of a round shape sometimes compressed at the poles, whose skin is completely smooth or partially netted in the area of the petiole. The color is equally unusual, because it can change from light gray-green to straw yellow-cream based on the maturation stage; according to the varieties, even in full ripeness, some darker green rays that start from the petiole can be found. The peel is medium-thick. The flesh has a light orange color, sometimes it turns to a "salmon" color. The placental cavity where the seeds are contained is very small and it occupies less than 25% of the entire fruit, which makes it a good use as a slice on the plate. The fruit is generally evaluated as "unusual" by the consumer, as it does not immediately attract for its characteristics of smooth skin and light colors, but precisely for this reason it stands out in a unique way from all the other melons on the market.
Created in the 17th century by crossing Radicchio di Treviso and escarole, the variegated Radicchio di Castelfranco Veneto is a type of Italian leaf chicory grown within the provinces of Treviso, Padua and Venice. Thanks to its peculiar shape and blanched yellow leaves covered in red flecks, Radicchio di Castelfranco is often nicknamed 'orchid lettuce'or 'winter rose'.
Undeniably the most prized variety of chicory, Castelfranco grows in autumn and is very sensitive to cold winter weather. The flavor of its tender leaves ranges from sweet to pleasantly bitter which makes this versatile leaf vegetable used in a wide variety of dishes, from salads to desserts such as Sformato di Radicchio al Domino, a type of sweet flan made with ricotta, custard and chocolate.
Don’t be fooled by a peach’s small size and delicate skin. Just one fruit has up to 15% of the vitamin C you need each day. This nutrient helps your body heal wounds and keeps your immune system going strong. It also helps get rid of “free radicals” -- chemicals that have been linked to cancer because they can damage your cells.
Tabacchiera are white-fleshed peaches, an extremely peculiar peach, with a very intense scent. This peach is immediately recognisable by its shape, so flat to resemble a snuffbox (which is the meaning of its Italian name, Tabacchiera), medium-small in size. The white-pulped variety features intense varietal scents and a sweet, soft pulp.
Nectarines are nearly identical to peaches in both their genetic makeup and nutritional profile. The most obvious differences are their skin and flavor. Peaches are covered with fuzz, while nectarines have thin, smooth skin. Nectarines also have slightly firmer flesh and a more sweet-tart flavor. Although their flavors are distinctive, nectarines and peaches can often be interchanged in recipes.
In addition to being low in calories and rich in fiber, nectarines are a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium. These nutrients offer health benefits in terms of improved metabolism, digestion, and heart health.
Named after the city of Vignola whose economy is primarily based on agriculture, especially fruit farming, Ciliegia di Vignola refers to the fresh fruits of the following cherry cultivars: Bigarreau Moreau, Mora di Vignola (early ripening), Durone dell’Anella, Anellone, Giorgia, Durone Nero I, Samba, Van (mid-season), Durone II, Durone della Marca, Lapins, Ferrovia and Sweet Heart (late ripening).
The delicious Vignola cherries are traditionally grown in the provinces of Modena and Bologna, at an altitude ranging from 30 to 1000 meters, where they thrive in the favorable pedoclimatic conditions of the area. Compared to other varieties, these cherries are much larger in size and thus particularly prized and sought after.
The color of sweet flavored Vignola cherries ranges from light red to crimson, and thanks to its firm and juicy flesh, their culinary use is endless. Lastly, there are two important cherry festivals in Vignola which are not to be missed: Festa dei Ciliegi in Fiore, held in April when orchards are in full blossom, and Tempo di Ciliegie, a cultural and gastronomic fair held in June, when visitors can try an array of various cherry-based foods and drinks.
Special Nettle Detox
Stinging Nettle Leaf (Urtica dioica and the closely related Urtica urens) helps cleanse the body of toxins and wastes. Nettle leaves can relieve fluid retention, bladder infections, stones and gravel. It gently stimulates the lymphatic system, seeming to enhance the excretion of wastes through the kidneys. Nettle leaves promote the elimination of uric acid from joints with a gentle, alkalizing diuretic activity. Thus its use is indicated in most types of joint diseases and doubly so in degenerative conditions.
Sorrento lemons IGP with leaves
Sorrento Lemons, Limone di Sorrento, are the authentic and quintessential lemon. At least, according to any good Italian. Grown and harvested on the steep, rocky slopes of the Sorrento Peninsula, these unique species of lemon flowers up to 4 times a year, allowing for a constant harvest.
Standard Italian vegetables and fruit box
Inside today's Superior Italian Vegetable and Fruit we have:
1. Roman Broccoli 1kg
2. Roman Zucchini 1kg
3. Royal Gala Apples 1kg
4. Golden Apples 1kg
5. High Quality Melon 1kg
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The Vesuvian Piennolo Tomato PDO (Lycopersicon esculentum) is one of the most typical agricultural products of Campania, so to be represented even in the scene of the traditional Neapolitan crib.
It benefits from the volcanic soil and the generous sun: it is said that even his "burning" color is the work of the volcano, because according to legend, its roots are nourished by the lava of Vesuvius.
The Vesuvian Piennolo Tomato is grown with a traditional method, which involves the use of wooden stakes and iron wires, which prevent that the berries touch the ground and ensure that they receive sunlight evenly. The tomatoes, weighing about 25-30 grams, are round and have a little pointed tip at the bottom end. The skin is leathery and the pulp is firm and compact. It has a characteristic sweet sour aftertaste, due to the concentration of sugars and minerals
This variety is also called "Piennolo" because the traditional preservation technique is based on the formation of "Piennoli", ie pendulums: whole bunches, collected between July and August, placed on a hemp thread tied in a circle, to compose a single large cluster, kept suspended in dry and ventilated places. This system favors a slow maturation and allows to have "fresh red gold" until the spring following the year of cultivation.
Cherry Tomato Extra Quality
Fresh pomodorini directly from Italy. Small, bursting with flavour cherry tomatoes ideal to eat with pasta in a fresh homemade sauce or as a 'Caprese' salad; on top of buffalo mozzarella. The cherry tomato is also consumed as a fruit because its flesh is very sweet.
The fruits are small, elongated in shape compared to the more rounded cherry tomato. It has a thick and firm texture and the taste has a good balance between acidic and sweet. Low in calories but with an intense aromatic flavor, the date tomato is rich in minerals, vitamins A and C.
Red Vine tomato
This fruit is spherical in shape, compact and durable to the touch, with an average weight of around 100 grams. The flesh is firm and the flavor is slightly acidic. It has a good capacity to last for a long time if stored in the refrigerator.
Marinda tomatoes are grown in Sicily, around the renowned Pachino area, during the winter months and are harvested between February and May. For this reason they are known as winter tomatoes. The salty soil and water in this area give this variety of tomato a flavour rarely matched by other varieties.
It has a crunchy, fairly thick, heavily ridged skin and a firm pulp, slightly tart and incredibly full flavoured, almost salty. As opposed to summer tomatoes, which can be used both for salads and for sauces, this tomato is at its best when still shot with green (the perfect Marinda has a dark green 'shoulder') and is mainly used for salads or to be eaten raw.
San Marzano tomato
The tomato, originally from Central America, arrived in Europe during the 16th century. At the time, the plant had primarily an ornamental value. It slowly spread across Europe thanks to the Bourbon Courts that were close with the Spanish royal family. According to a couple of sources, tomatoes were not considered food until the 18th century. Tomatoes arrived in the Kingdom of Naples around 1770 and the plant thrived in the fertile soil of near San Marzano. The tomato we know today is the result of a series of selection processes. The area of production of San Marzano tomatoes is located in the Campania region and more specifically in communes in the provinces of Naples, Salerno and Avellino. Tomatoes can only be grown in areas with good irrigation.
This variety is known for its long shape, red color, thin and easily peelable skin, solid pulp, few seed and bittersweet flavor. San Marzano is considered the king of tomatoes according to many of its distinctive characteristics.
Ox heart tomato
The Ox heart tomato throughout the Mediterranean stands out for its unique fragrance and its inimitable texture. A true prince of cold dishes. To enjoy all the sweetness and firmness of the flesh, it should be eaten simply in a salad, with plenty of basil and extra virgin olive oil. The tomato of Sorrento, comparable to the "costoluta" but has combined green with reddish hues. The fruit can be up to a kilo in weight, it is firm and fleshy. Easily cut into slices without bruising or crushing the fruit.
Commonly known as a wild plant, since the time of the Egyptians (4000 a.c), the tender shoots from this vegetable is used to make many dishes known throughout the Meditteranean. Asparagus is rich in fiber, and vitamins A, B1, B6, C, folic acid, amino acids, carotenoids, and minerals such as calcium, phosphorus and potassium. It contains very few calories making it particularly suited for weight-loss diets and has many nutritional characteristics and properties including the ability to stimulate the appetite, whilst also reducing water retention.
Though not aethetically pleasing to the eye, the celeriac has a mild, celery-like flavor with a starchy, rather potato-like texture. What it lacks for in appearance is most certainly made up for in taste. As a root vegetable, it stores well, making it a real treat for local eaters in autumn and winter.
Since this is a root vegetable, it stores well and for an amazingly long time if it is kept cool. Having spent most of its life underground, it also enjoys the dark. Kept loosely wrapped in plastic in the fridge it will last up to several weeks, even longer if it was freshly harvested.
Celery is a long green plant that grows in stalks with leaves on the ends. It makes an excellent low fat snack and can be eaten raw or cooked. Celery is available all year round. If you store celery, wrap top to bottom, in foil, and put it in your fridge, it will last up to 10 days without going rubbery. Celery is an excellent source of dietary fibre and a good source of Potassium, which counters an overload of Sodium in our bodies. Celery is highly versatile, it’s a great low fat snack, great in stews and casseroles and great for a little extra crunch in a salad. Celery can be eaten cooked or raw, it tastes good either way.
The early variety is readily available on the markets at the end of September. It comes in bunches with broad leaves and a white central rib. These neat little bunches of treviso chicory are compact and uniform. The narrow leaves with the dorsal rib is entirely white and the leafier outer parts a beautiful deep purplely marron colour. They are tender and crispy, sweet and has a pleasantly bitterish taste.
Green Italian Broccoli
The broccoli is a member of the cabbage family and is closely related to the cauliflower. Its cultivation originated in Italy. 'Broccolo', its Italian name, means "cabbage sprout." Because of its different components, broccoli provides a range of tastes and textures from soft and flowery (the floret) to fibrous and crunchy (the stem and stalk). Do not let the smell of the sulfur compounds that are released while cooking keep you away from this highly nutritious vegetable.
The Roman zucchine is pale green in colour with deep ridges and has a mild nutty flavour. With high yields this delicious Italian favorite has a creamy sweet fleshy centre, tender striped skin, and long-holding edible blossoms.
Fennel is crunchy and slightly sweet, adding a refreshing contribution to the ever popular Mediterranean cuisine. It is readily available and at its best from autumn through to early spring. Fennel's aromatic taste is unique, strikingly reminiscent of licorice and aniseed. It's texture is similar to that of celery - crunchy and striated. The stalks are topped with feathery green leaves near which flowers grow and produce fennel seeds. The bulb, stalk, leaves and seeds are all edible.
Tropea Red Onion
The red onion from Tropea, Italy, (Italian: "Cipolla Rossa di Tropea") is a particular variety of red onion which grows in a small area of Calabria in southern Italy named "Capo Vaticano" near the city of Tropea. This onion has a stronger and sweeter aroma and the inner part is juicier and whiter than the other red onions. It is completely possible to make a marmalade with this red onion. In March 2008, the European Union registered the Protected Designation of Origin mark for the onions produced in this particular area.
Italian garlic can easily be distinguished from other garlics by its appearance. Its solid bulb is almost uniformly round. The bulb contains a thick central stem and about six to eight plump cream colored cloves encased in a relatively easy-to-peel skin. The cloves are aromatic, spicy, rich and bold in flavor, and which only increases with maturity. When eaten raw, a little bit goes a long way. With Italian purple garlic, Its flavor lingers for quite a while.
Pere Abate are richer in fructose and other simple sugars than most pears, and are therefore ideal when one needs a burst of energy. They are also a good source of fiber, mineral salts, and malic and citric acid, which are antioxidant. Though one can do other things with them, the classic Italian way of enjoying a pear is with a moderately firm wedge of Pecorino Toscano or Sardo (not Romano, which is much saltier)
Organic Lemons from Sicily
The organic lemons from Sicily are characterized by the juicy flesh from the bright yellow color. The form of organic lemons is oval, in the pulp you can find some seed. The peculiarity of organic lemons lies in the fact of being rich intense flavor of juice. The genuineness of organic lemons allows not only the consumption of the precious juice but mainly the fragrant skin, very useful for the preparation of sweet and citrus liqueurs, first of all, the lemon liqueur Limoncello.
Organic Lanellate Orange from Sicily
The organic orange, Lanellata, from Sicily is grown with the organic farming method. The organic allows to obtain very sweet and fragrant citrus completely natural. Organic citrus like these allows recipes (with oranges), very tasty and nutritious. The colors of organic citrus are more 'alive and the properties' are beneficial to the body. The casing of the clove is thin, with the characteristic navel. Characteristics of biological Navel are: blonde pulp, Juicy and without seeds, a pleasant taste with low acidity. They are exceptional for the table, but nobody prevents us from doing a good juice!