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Red Tuna Bottarga 100g

Olive Points: 179pts

Price £17.99

Description

Weight: 100g (approx)

Known as the Caviar of the south, Sicilian Bluefin (Red) Bottarga is comparable to White Alba Truffle in reputation and very nearly in price. Bottarga is a very simple product made from salted and cured fish roe (either grey Mullet or the more prized Sicilian Tuna). The roe is prepared by salting, pressing and drying for up to 6 months in cool well aired rooms. The result of this process is dry and intensely flavoured slabs.

The Bluefin variety which we stock is usually darker and has a stronger taste than grey mullet roe. It also has quite a solid texture, an even, dark red colour and a squared-off shape due to being dried under heavy presses. It is usually made once the tuna season ends in May.

Like truffles, Bottarga can be grated or thinly sliced over dishes, adding its unique aroma and flavour to many recipes. Enjoy it shaved on warm bruschetta, grated over pasta, infused in extra virgin olive oil or in more creative ways to season different dishes such as salad (it goes perfectly with raw artichokes), risotto or even meat, bottarga lends a unique and distinctive ocean flavour to all sorts of dishes.

Check out our favourite recipes and learn more about Bottarga here.

Ingredients

Tuna eggs, sea salt.

Our Producer - Campisi 

The Campisi family business was founded in 1854 in beautiful Marzamemi, a small Sicilian village in the province of Siracusa, steeped in traditions associated with fish processing. Linked to the sea for over a century, Salvatore Campisi produces and processes a wide range of fish products using ancient techniques dating back to the Arab period, refined over time in this small village. Campisi affirms: "Our goal is to continually search for products that have created the history of our land.” 

Marzamemi is located near the town of Pachino and Campisi also prepare vegetable products, most notably an exquisite Cherry Tomato sauce made with the P.G.I. Pachino Tomato, known worldwide for its infinite sweetness. 

Both in seafood and vegetable production, methods have remained the same over the years with the locals traditionally handing them down from generation to generation. The genuinity, freshness of the raw materials and strict controls ensure the best possible quality. The Campisi company, well aware of living off the land and sea, respects the local territory ensuring, through its code of ethics a healthy relationship between man and nature. Fish are of course, exclusively line-fished in a sustainable way.

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