Seasonal

Fanciful Figs: A Taste of Italy’s Sweet Splendor

Italian figs, plump with sweetness and bathed in Mediterranean sunshine, offer a luscious indulgence that captures the essence of Italy’s bountiful harvests.

In 1999 Antonio Longo took over his Grandfather’s farm near Paestum just south of the Amalfi Coast in the Cilento region of Italy. His dream was to revive the commercial production of a rare, prized variety of fig, the White Dottato fig, which had practically died out. The White Dottato Cilento fig has a dense white pulp that is extra sweet and tender but is difficult to harvest.

Plain dried figs from Cilento taste wonderful by themselves but Antonio’s company ‘Santomiele’ transforms them into masterpieces. They dry them in the hot Cilento sun on large baskets, fill them with almonds, walnuts and citrus peel, flavour them with spices, soaks them in liqueur, cover them in luxurious chocolate and gift wrap them in fig leaves and bamboo shoots. They create exquisite, unique delicacies that are works of art, only available in very limited quantities and exclusively in the run up to Christmas.

The Marano Family, based in Amantea, on the Tyrrhenian coast in Calabria, have been producing wonderful fig delicacies since 1930 when Bartolo Marano created his original secret recipe which he subsequently passed on to his sons. Working with the top quality Dottato Cosentino DOP figs the Marano family are known for their unique products which are appreciated all over the world! Their specialities are all hand made as the family say that there are no machines that can replace the care taken by the artisans who create these treats!