SMALL TREASURES : FIGS & PARMESAN

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Parmesan bought at the Ostuni market in Italy, green figs given to us by our host.

I love the food in the Apulia (Puglia in Italian) region of Italy.
It feels like people have been enjoying the same simple treasures for centuries. The region used to be very poor – no Gargantuan barbecues like in Tuscany here – so it’s mostly a story about gorgeous fruits and vegetables, fresh fish, good olive oil, homemade pasta and of course the infamous burrata.
There are fig trees everywhere in the countryside, so when summer’s here, ripe figs are an easy-to-find treat. They’re an excellent match with most Italian cheeses, you can have them with fresh ricotta and it’s like a dessert or with something a bit stronger like the Parmesan pictured above.

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The Apulia region is located in the very southern part of Italy, in the “heel of the boot”.
Parmesan (Parmigiano Reggiano) is produced in northern Italy but available all around the country.

 

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