It’s time for tomatoes…

The other day we were visiting a winery and saw how the grapes were being hand picked and selected… The “donne” (women, even though some are men, all are called donne) start work at 5:30 just as the sun rises… we arrived at about 8!!

Near the winery there was a whole team of “Donne” who were picking tomatoes. This is one of the hardest harvests as under the 30 degree heat you have to bend down and pick pick, pick and pick…

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Riva dei Tessali Golf Tournament

On 11th August 2013 we at Puglia Shop Online sponsored our first golf tournament in Riva dei Tessali Golf Club at Castellaneta Marina.

Riva dei TessaliOver 70 people took part in the competition with us providing the prizes and a buffet in the evening.

Prizes

We used the buffet and prizes to showcase wine from Botrugno in Brindisi as well as Centrovignali wine. The food which provided the inspiration for the buffet featured antipasti products from La Cerignola di Una Volta, including the famous “La Bella di Cerignola” olives, peppers stuffed with tuna, artichokes and much more.

Preparazioni Buffet

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Press Trip to Puglia

We are working with a selection of local town councils here in Puglia to promote the area and showcase all that it has to offer. This includes Extra Virgin Olive Oil producers, following the whole process of producing olive oil with tasting. Award Winning wineries, where grapes are harvested and then magically turned into wine. We will also visit Masseria Mea, Albano Carrisi’s Masseria, one of Italy’s most famous recording artists. We will also hold a cooking course when you can learn to make fresh pasta and then enjoy the fruit of your labour….

The trip is being planned to allow people to discover one of Puglia’s less known areas, just a short drive to the Adriatic and the Ionian coasts. The trip is being organised for October from the 3rd to the 6th.

This press trip is being funded by the Gal – Terra dei Messapi, whose aim is to promote the area.

The trip is open to journalists or people in the olive oil, wine or tourism industry.

For any further information please contact us

Puglia Sea and Countryside

One of the best ways to see the beautiful countryside and sea that Puglia has to offer is to go for a simple bike ride…

We are based in San Vito dei Normanni, just 10km from the Adriatic coast and Torre Guaceto Nature reserve and Specchiolla. A relaxing ride through the countryside to the sea, downhill all the way, with the knowledge that you have to carefully plan the return journey to avoid the worst uphills!

A few photos of the sights to enjoy while in Puglia:

Antipasti

If you have ever been to Puglia, or Italy in general, then you will know that a typical meal is made up of a first course, a main course and prior to either an Antipasto. The Antipasto is generally a selection of local produce use as a started and is the perfect way to capture the flavour of the region you are in. Puglia has historically been a poor region, however this has led to the an incredible level of adaptability… People would make the most of what they had and vegetables were grown and were an essential source of nurishment, and were turned into a delicacy. A typical Antipasto in Puglia will feature a variety of vegetables including; peppers, tomatoes, aubergines, artichokes and many more.

Asparagi della Nonna – Grandmother’s Asparagus

The asparagus is picked and within 48 hours they are put into a mix of hot water, white wine vinegar, garlic and natural flavour aromas. This mix not only provides an added taste to the fresh asparagus but with the sesame seed oil allows the asparagus to be stored for long periods. After opening, the jar should be kept in the fridge and add sesame seed oil to maintain the level above the asparagus.

Involtini di Melanzane – Aubergine Wrap

These carefully selected aubergines are a delicious Antipasta, which will keep you coming back for more. The aubergines are wrapped around a filling of tuna, dried tomatoes and capers and stored within a mix of sunflower oil, white wine vinegar and natural flavourings.

Corciofi con Gambo – Whole Artichokes with Stem

This truly is a speciality and the artichokes have been carefully selected, as only the artichokes from the first harvest can be prepared and served with the stem. The taste and visual effect of having the whole artichoke with the stem is what makes this line of antipasta unique. As the harvest continues the stem becomes firmer and is not suitable for serving in this way. The artichokes are prepared in a mixture of natural aromas, white wine vinegar and sunflower oil. The Corciofi con Gambo make an instant impact as an Antipasta or as a side dish to your main meal.

Carciofi alla brace – Grilled Artichokes

Artichokes are one of Puglia’s most successfully produced vegetables. The artichokes are picked and carefully inspected, with particular attention being paid to the fruit and the leaves. They are then grilled, placed in a mixture of natural flavourings, sunflower oil and white wine vinegar.  The mix is then placed into the jar, all within 12 hours of being harvested. The finer details of the exact mix and process are kept a closely guarded secret to protect the unique flavour of the product.

Paté di Carciofi – Artichoke paté

This cream paté is made from fresh artichokes and is stored with a mix of sunflower oil, a touch of salt and white wine vinegar. The paté is perfect to be served on bread or toast as a starter or with seasoned cheeses. Once opened it should be stored in the fridge with the level of paté always covered in oil.

Peperoncino ripieno con tonno – Chili Baby Peppers Stuffed with Tuna

These chili peppers have been carefully selected, hollowed and filled with a mix of tuna, capers and stored within a mix of sunflower oil and white wine vinegar. The end result is a delicious product, perfect for a starter, which exemplifies the unique flavours of the sea and the earth.

Olive Schiacciate Piccanti – Spicy Crushed Olives

Traditional “La Bella di Cerignola” olives are slightly crushed in order to open them up and allow them to take on the flavours into which they are submersed.
The taste is given to the olives by adding spicy chili peppers and then placing them in a mix of sunflower oil and white wine vinegar. The spicy combination of the chili and the meaty taste of the olives make this a perfect antipasta.

Involtini di Pomodori Secchi – Sun Dried Tomato Wrap

Fresh tomatoes are one of Puglia’s main fruits and are put to a wide variety of uses. In this dish the tomatoes have been dried and then placed in water and white wine vinegar to make them sweeter. The tomatoes are then spiced and are wrapped around a filling of tuna, capers and are then stored within a mix of sunflower oil, white wine vinegar and natural flavourings. The Involtini di pomodori make the perfect addition to any antipasta.

Peperonata a Filetti – Fresh Sliced Peppers

These peppers are harvested and are sealed in their jars within 24 hours of being harvested The peppers are carefully selected to ensure that the sweetest and highest quality peppers go forward to the next stage. The peppery are cleaned, sliced and mixed with fresh local flavours as well as sunflower oil and white wine vinegar. The peppers are ideally suited to serve within an antipasta as well as a side dish to steak or other such meats.

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