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Baked Calabrian Fig Ball

Olive Points: 79pts

Price £7.99


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. 


'Dottato' cooked figs.

Our producer - Colavolpe

The Colavolpe workshop and showroom in Belmonte, Calabria is an Aladdin’s cave of delicious goodies! For three generations the Colavolpe family has been making fig specialities, chocolates, panettoni and extravagant Easter eggs by hand on the premises using only the best local ingredients and traditional recipes.The range of Calabrian sweets, chocolates and panettoni made by Colavolpe have an incomparable taste, made with raw materials such as figs and citrus fruits from a still unspoilt land where ancient techniques are passed down from generation to generation.

Their fig delicacies are hand made using a local Calabrian fig variety awarded ‘DOP’ (Protected Designation of Origin) status by the EU and considered to be one of the most prized figs in the world. They have a green skin and golden interior, their flesh is sweet, creamy and bright. They thrive in the hot summer sun of the Mediterranean where they are left to dry for three days and then stuffed with almonds of walnuts, baked in the oven for an hour and covered in chocolate.

Besides top quality figs, their other "secret" ingredient to these delicious treats is a special syrup whose recipe is guarded like a priceless treasure! Each of the three Colavolpe children have been given a third of the recipe. This ensures the family works together to maintain the family tradition.


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