Baked Calabrian Fig Ball
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.
Oven baked Calabrian figs. Produced in a place where nuts are used.
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!