Pickling is a great way to preserve produce in times of plenty, but with garlic there is an added benefit, since the vinegar softens the harsher notes of its sometimes overpowering flavour. This gentler, sweeter garlic is tasty on its own, but bring it to life with a burst of good hot chilli balanced by a cool green parsley and it becomes a delicacy. An excellent ingredient for spicy Italian or Asian dishes and an exquisite snack.
The traditional first course of an Italian meal may offer all manner of wonders, but the emphasis is always on lightness and variety – with a combination of flavours designed to thrill the palate before the serious eating begins. The same is true of our Antipasti olives, winner of a Gold medal at the Great Taste awards. With rich, fruity Kalamata olives and crunchy cornichons, green olives and tart caper berries, sweet red peppers and tangy sun-dried tomatoes, this colourful blend offers a tantalizing array of flavours. Eat as you like – when you like!
There’s nothing quite like a real tomato, grown naturally in the hot sunshine of southern Europe. Except perhaps that same tomato, harvested at perfect ripeness then dried in the sun and preserved in oil with garlic and basil. Slice finely and add to salads to give both a splash of Mediterranean colour and a burst of intense, summery flavour.