Blunda: from Sicily, olives with outstanding quality

Blunda-olioExtra virgin olive oil from a local variety: Nocellara del Belice

Each recipe takes its extra virgin olive oil because not every type is the same. There are many factors influencing its taste characteristics, including the area of production and the cultivar (variety and type of olive).

The farm of Blunda is located in the southern part of Italy, particularly in the largest island: Sicily, warm and sunny for most of the year.

The extra virgin olive oils of the South are very different from those of the central and northern Italy: in Sicily it is easy to find many oil with polyphenols, antioxidants that are very useful for our welfare, they are perceived as bitter to the taste and “spicy”.

An extra virgin olive oil with no defects and high quality has exactly these features, in addition to herbaceous aromas such as tomatoes, green peppers and so on.

But the oil is an unsaturated fat very delicate and to preserve with care. When exposed to heat or excessive light, it oxidizes easily acquiring in a short time, a rancid aroma. Continue reading

Sicily: the thousand flavors of island

panorama sicilia - usDGAVRILEA zone where the uniqueness is the common constant

It is the largest island in the Mediterranean, a beautiful land that is a crossroads, since thousands of years, for people, culture, traditions and flavors.

Sicily is located in the southern part of the Italian peninsula and you can consider it a treasure chest with thousands of environmental resources: landscape and gastronomic. Continue reading

The Monferrato

A puzzle formed by many pieces, as if they were almost part of different designs, but that always fit together and bind naturally and harmoniously to the remaining fragments. The many areas of Italy, to tell and find out, could be considered in this way. Few are those known, endless are the least famous and sometimes unknown.

Even in the south of Piedmont, between giants of wine production as Langhe and Roero, an area wide average can find space, but also with the same unique characteristics: the Monferrato. Near the Lomellina in Lombardy, but also to Liguria. Sweet hills, the natural habitat of the vineyard that has always grown here. Continue reading


3729-300x231In the Borbera Valley, where the stars are our mates

Vallenostra is located in one of the seemingly remote corner of Northern Italy and more precisely in the south of Piedmont to the border with Liguria. A place full of treasures to seek and find, to be enjoyed and valued. The agricultural cooperative was founded in Val Borbera, in one of the scattered hamlets of Mongiardino Ligure, in Alessandria area. Continue reading