Postcard from Fig Season, Maida Farm in Campania

We just cannot stay away from magnificent Campania! This episode of “Gustiamo and Friends go to Campania” brings us to Maida Farm, near Paestum, where Gustiamo’s Danielle got a full dose of summer figs. White Cilento Figs to be exact. Danielle spent the day with the Vastola Family on Maida Farm, picking figs and making jam….

Our NYTimes Figs Story and San Marco

The buzz at the end of August in NYC was all about figs and fig trees. When Melissa Clark tweeted asking for submissions about great fig tree stories we couldn’t resist. Of course a Francesco Vastola story was the first to come to mind. Francesco, or Franco, Vastola is the head farmer at Madia Farm,…

Welcome Gustiamo’s New Entries from Maida Farm: Papaccelle and Cipollotto!

Papaccelle and Cipollotto Nocerino are two new products Gustiamo started to import from the Maida Vastola farm. Left, Beatrice between Francesco Vastola and Fabrizio, his son. Ever heard of Papaccelle and Cipollotto? What are they? No doubt, Gustiamo is the only crazy importer of this rare stuff. They are vegetables, both protected by Slow Food…

The Gomorrah Basket a.k.a. Long Life to Roberto Saviano.

Laura Caparrotti, formerly “only” a facebook friend, sent a message asking me to donate a basket for a fund raising. We receive so many similar requests, we usually kindly decline. But Laura fund raising had a title that caught my attention. It was “Gomorrah“. I immediately replied, Roberto Saviano‘s Gomorrah? Yes, she wrote. Anything you…

Not Just Dry Figs! These are DOP Dottato Figs from Cilento.

This is a picture of Fico Dottato, a fig which grows in South of Italy. But if it grows in Cilento, it becomes a very special fig! So special that it is certified DOP!!! Cilento is an area in Campania, south of the Amalfi coast. The Dottato figs are also called White figs, because their…

Rachel Ray Discovers Gustiamo! MUST-TRY

Chef Marco Canora, asked by Rachel Ray to mention his best foods says: Gustiamo! the article continues: They find the craziest stuff! chef Marco Canora enthuses. His faves? Colatura, the bottled juice that drains from salted anchovies [“what a flavor shot in every sauce”] and that jam, from Campania, which is “off the chain”. For…

Dry White FIGS from Cilento – They are Certified DOP

This lovely package contains the most spectacular DRY FIGS you have ever tasted.  They have a dense white pulp that is extra sweet,  more tender and fine seeded than the coarse Turkish, Greek or Calabrian figs one usually finds in the market. Stuffed with almonds, soaked in rum and fig mollasses with citrus peel and…