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Baked Calabrian Fig Ball

Olive Points: 65pts

Price £6.50

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Description

Weight: 200g

This unique and exclusive fig delicacy is made from the oldest fruit in the world, following the oldest recipe for preserving figs and wrapped using the oldest form of packaging – simple fig leaves.

This beautiful fig ball has been hand crafted from 100% Italian figs from Calabria, where fig trees have thrived for the past 2,500 years. The typical local fig is the "Dottato" variety, unique in the fig world thanks to its rich and soft pulp with very few fine seeds.

These Dottato figs are harvested when they are nice and mature at the end of the season, divided into "balls" and wrapped in green fig leaves. The baking that follows gives them a strong, intense taste and aroma reminiscent of the plant when fully ripe. They are sweet, soft and succulent, and good for you too!

Packed full of minerals (iron, phosphorus, calcium), vitamins (A, B1, B2, PP and C), Dottato figs are also said to be very good for pregnant women, the elderly, children and convalescents. Nothing has been added to the figs as you will see from the very short list of ingredients!

How to serve

The fig ball is ready to eat. Serve by opening part of the fig leaves and enjoying the figs whole or cut into pieces. Excellent with red, white and fortified wines. Great served with cheeses such as Pecorino, Parmesan, Gorgonzola, Taleggio, Asiago, Goats and cottage cheese. Wonderful too with ham, bacon or 'Nduja. 

Ingredients

'Dottato' cooked figs.

Our producer - Artibel

Based in Belmonte on the Tyrhennian coast of Calabria, Artibel is an ancient family-run company whose history goes back to the beginning of the twentieth century when they were specialists in building dry stone walls. By the middle of the 1900's they had started to cultivate the fertile Calabrian land and specialised in fig delicacies and chilli products.

There is a strong and emotional bond between the family and its land which translates into great passion for their work and for traditions. They successfully create top quality products with healthy and genuine raw materials using the same simple and natural processes as generations gone by.

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