Food - TYPICAL FOODS
The city of Brindisi and its
provinces can boast a rich and fresh gastronomic produce.
These derive from both land and sea and together they
find an ideal and tasty balance. With the use of spontaneous
herbs and luscious fresh vegetables, delicious dishes
are prepared. These produces are also bottled and
preserved, thanks to the superior quality of the oil
obtained from the olives cultivated and milled in
the region. A variety of cheeses, meats and fresh
fish enrich a simple yet flavoursome menu which is
usually accompanied by good quality local bread. Fresh
seasonal fruit picked daily ready for the table as
well as delicious pastries prepared typically for
special events and celebrations conclude a typical
and traditional a Mediterranean culinary experience.
Accompanied by good sweet dessert wine such as Aleatico
di Puglia or the delicious Primitivo Dolce,
makes for a memorable dinning experience.
The olive oil of the region of Puglia is of an excellent
quality and is nurtured from cultivation to milling
which dates back to the Greek and Roman times.
oil produced in the central region of the province,
(Carovigno, Ceglie Messapica, Cisternino, Fasano, Ostuni,
S. Michele Salentino, S. Vito dei Normanni and Villa
Castelli) has gained the prestigious recognition DOP,
Denominazione d'Origine Protetta - "Collina
di Brindisi" . This oil is extracted from
a variety of olives named Ogliarola Barese
(70%) and the balance made up from, Cellina di Nardò,
Coratina, Frantoio, Leccino
as well as other varieties. The flavour of this oil
is fruity with a hint of spice and bitterness and has
great fluidity. It is well used for cooking and dressings
for foods such as fish, carpaccio, roasts and risotto.
Oil which is produced from the remaining region and
recognised of quality, DOP are ‘Terra d’Otranto’,
which is obtained from olives known as, Cellina,
Saracena or Ogliarola Leccese or Salentina.
The organoleptic characteristics of these oils are fruity
and sweet with a fragrance of legumes and green grass,
this oil too has excellent fluidity. The recommended
use for this produce is as a condiment but is also used
on legumes and soups.
Deriving from a noble and historic wine growing
culture the region of Puglia produces wines which are
telling of its history and local economics. This is
also due to the favourable conditions and terrain of
the region of Brindisi where a rich wine culture dating
back to the times of the Romans, still lives on. Wines
such as the ‘Brindisi Rosso’, ‘Brindisi
Rosso Riserva’ and ‘Brindisi Rosato’
have all gained the prestigious DOC (Denominazione
d’Origine Controllata) acknowledgment.
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