Friday, August 13, 2010

Not your Typical ‘Prodotti Tipici’- Jellies, Jams and Marmalades from Il Poggio del Picchio (Av)

Summer in Campania. Full of sagras, festivals, and street fairs. Full of stands, bancho di assaggi, full of tasty specialties from the local area. Prodotti tipici…At a recent event in Taurasi, I stumbled upon a something a little, well…atypical. At the end of a side street in Taurasi’s centro storico was a table full of colorful jars and a very elegant signora. La Signora Fiorenza Giselico and her homemade jams, jellies, and marmalades from her Azienda Agricola Il Poggio del Picchio. Poggio del Picchio, The Woodpecker’s Knoll.

I am not one to get excited about jam…but these weren’t your usual ‘spread on a piece of toast on a Saturday morning’ jellies. After closer investigation (and about a dozen taste tests!) I will never look at marmalade the same way again.

Here are some cool and creative concoctions that my friends and I were treated with…

Milk jam…yes jam, plain or with chocolate…this would be great to have in the morning, spread on sweet bread or used to sweeten your coffee…

Lemon, walnut and violet marmalade as well as an orange, lemon, walnut and raisin marmalade……imagine pies made with these specialties…

Basil and walnut jam…a great side to a bella mozzarella di bufala…

Apple and rose petal jelly…maybe spread on a piece of warm bread like pane di Montecalvo…

How about a bruschetta with red bell pepper jam? Or cheeses like pecorino, parmigiano, or provolone with a side of red onion jelly? This goes well with pork as well.

Il Poggio del Picchio uses fresh products, much of it grown on their 3 hectares property I Cesinali (Av). They jar their products in season, without using preservatives. Vegetables such as zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, pumpkins….Fruits such as strawberries, oranges, and raspberries, to name a few… all await to become a jam, marmalade, chutney or a jelly. All await to be paired, spread, sided or mixed to make the ‘common’ not so common…the delicious, well even more so….

Azienda Agricola Il Poggio del Picchio
Contrada Salice, 3
83020 Aiello di Sabato (Av)
0825 667238

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