Fresh Fruits & Vegetables
You have never tried real lemons, unless you\'ve tasted Sicilian lemons.
Brought to Italy by the Arabs from across the Mediterranean Sea, the lemons found their resting place on the Isle of Sicily and never looked back. Known as the lemon capital of the world, many Sicilians say that no lemon is a true lemon unless grown on Sicilian soil. The volcanic ground helps provide the lemons with a unique flavour that is yet to be rivaled from around the world. The citrus fruit, known for its sourness and sweetness, has been part of recipebooks across Italy for generations. Whether it is a light squirt over the top of some chargrilled fish on the coast, or the strong zing within a Pannacotta, the zesty fruit is sure to not disappoint. Away from food, who can forget Limoncello. The classic way to finish a meal.
Yellow-fleshed potatoes ideal for making delicious purees, mashed potatoes or classic Italian gnocchi. Also excellent as a side dish, both fried and baked, and to be used for jacked potatoes. They can also be boiled and then served, for example as a salad, as they retain moisture very well. A superlative potato variety for all uses!
It\'s the best pear in the kitchen. Abate\'s fruits are good if consumed fresh, but the sodium pulper makes Abate the best pear in the kitchen. Remarkable are the recipes that see Abate cooked in red wine or served together with chocolate as a dessert.
This pear is a big sized fruit, slightly elongated shape with a wide base, dark skin, sometimes a total russet, white-yellow and medium-thin flesh, slightly granular, with good taste and aroma. It is usually eaten at the end of a meal, above all in combination with soft and blue cheese, ideal when cooked with a thin layer of caramel before serving.
Thanks to their subtle yet filling flavour, courgettes are exceedingly popular as a replacement for standard carbohydrates.
Endlessly versatile, courgettes can turn any store cupboard ingredient into a respectable meal. Thanks to their subtle yet filling flavour, courgettes are currently a buzzword in the food world with health fanatics using them to make courgetti (courgette spaghetti) or zoats (zucchini oats), replacing standard carbohydrates. To eat them the Italian way, add them to pasta alla norma, turn them into a gratin or blend with Parmigiano into a fresh tasting but hearty soup.
Undoubtedly one of the most important apple varieties of the 20th century, both as a commercial variety in its own right, and as breeding stock for many other varieties. Very good flavor when home-grown.
Golden Delicious apples are firm, crisp, and white-fleshed. These apples have a balanced sweet-tart aromatic flavour, which has been described as honeyed. The flavour varies depending on where these apples are grown; in a cool climate, the number of acid increases, actually creating a sweeter flavour. When grown in warmer areas, the acid content is lower, creating a milder flavour. The sweet-tartness of the Golden Delicious means this apple is a good fresh eating variety. Fresh, raw apple slices may be added to green salads, fruit salads, or grain salads. Golden Delicious apples also have the necessary acid content and stability for baking. They can be baked into crisps, crumbles, tarts, cakes, galettes, and breads. Apple slices may also be cooked down into preserves and kinds of butter, or pureed into sauces and soups.
Grown primarily in Sicily, the round variety has a far meatier flavour, with considerably less seeds. (£2.9/kg)
The round aubergine is quite similar to its more traditional long, black counterpart, with the difference between them being that the round variety has a far meatier flavour, with considerably less seeds. Grown primarily in Sicily, its shape makes for easier peeling and grilling, as well as adding a little intrigue on plates. Cook it into a traditional Sicilian caponata or combine it with stronger flavours such as goat\'s cheese, fig, bacon or anchovies. For an interesting Italian-style dish, slice it, then top with pesto, a slice of beef tomato and mozzarella and a drizzle of olive oil, then put in the oven for 15 minutes. Voilà!
The most popular Radicchio in Italy, it has longer leaves and a slightly milder, nutty taste than its wine-red counterparts.
Treviso radicchio is a milder variety of radicchio, an Italian red, slightly bitter lettuce. Treviso radicchio has long, delicate magenta leaves, creamy white veins and a delicate crinkled texture. Treviso is the land of top quality radicchio in Italy, producing the classic, tall Italian Radicchio di Treviso. A unique and incomparable product, it has crisp, sturdy leaves and an earthy bitter taste, that’s almost slightly nutty. Cooking Radicchio brings out the vegetable\'s natural sweetness but it can also be served fresh. It can be chopped and sautéed or halved and grilled. Fresh leaves are sturdy enough to be used whole as a cup or wrap. In Italy Radicchio is classically added to risottos and tomato sauces or simply grilled and dressed in olive oil. The bitter flavour pairs well with sweet, sour, fatty and salty accompaniments such as citrus, pear, pomegranate, tomato, balsamic vinegar, walnuts, anchovies, cream based dressings and sauces, candied pecans, salted meats such as bacon and salami, black pepper and provolone, parmesan and gorgonzola cheeses.
Calabria is famous for these sweet red onions, so good that they\'re government protected. (£8.75/kg)
Calabria is famous for its sweet red onions named after the glamorous beach town of Tropea. With an exquisite taste that made them known as some of the best onions in the world, this is a sophisticated version of a cupboard staple. Seeing as the town is famous for them, there are an innumerable amount of delicious recipes to make. Eat them raw in salads, cooked in sauces, roasted or grilled, placed on top of pizza or in frittateor even made into a jam. Size and shape may vary.
Tomatoes are an all-rounder, which is why you should invest in the very best.
With a rich, full-bodied, mildly acidic flavour, cherry tomatoes have long been a staple in Italian cuisine. Cook them into a passata and then use as a base for a range of dishes such as pasta alla norma, eat them in a caprese salad or roast them in the oven to have for breakfast with scrambled eggs.
You can almost taste the Sicilian sun and pure quality in these sun-ripened tomatoes.
These delicious and colourful tomatoes are as natural as they come. Their robust flavour is the perfect pairing for an array of Italian meals. Eat them on their own or inside a sandwich, panini or piadina. You can also roast them and serve with white fish, or simply add them to your favourite pasta.
If you thought the Ufita garlic was a garlic, think again!
The north-east area of the Avellino’s district, also known as Alta Irpina, and in particular the Ufita Valley, is famous for the cultivation of garlic. The properties of the ground and selected seeds results in a characteristic product with a high level of essential oils, active ingredients and a strongly aromatic flavour. This product is presented in bulbs of a white or nearly pinkish colour and medium dimension. The Ufita garlic is found in the following shapes: braid or ball. The garlic bulbs are picked manually in June and using the leaves they are weaved together to form the characteristic strings that are hung up to dry before being sold.