Harvest Period in Puglia: The New Olive Oil has Arrived!

Busy times in olive country Puglia! We, too, have started our olive harvest around the masserias. The first bottles of COCCARO and MAIZZA oil have arrived: The long and dry summer 2012 made it more delicious and tastier than ever. Who wants to join in or combine a fall vacation with a few hours of relaxing olive picking: There’s thousands of trees around! We’re looking forward to having you back.

Gardening Tip: How to Plant Your Own Spice Garden

Remember Todi, our gardener? He spends all day between the two masserias and the beachclub to look after the gardens and plants. After the winter there was a lot to cut down, to replant and to adjust. Now that spring has arrived Todi concentrates on planting and sowing all over the place… The spice garden at Massera Torre Coccaro itself is worth a stroll, so beautiful is it, with all the different herbs like mint, rosemary or basil to smell, taste and try!

We asked Todi to show us how to prepare a professional little herb garden for the balcony or an outdoor terrace, for we like the idea of having all the useful herbs for mediterranean cuisine handy. What’s easier than jumping outside to pick a few basil leves or a fresh Pasta alla Crudaiola? Or to pick a bunch of mints for a homemade Mojito? See, that’s why…

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Gardening Tip: Orange Picking to Make Marmelade

January and february are traditional orange picking season in Puglia. The ones growning on the Coccaro and Maizza estate are smaller and rounder than the famous “Washington”, incredibly tasty though, juicy and sweet. Our gardeners are picking only the best and ripest fruits to later on make marmelade out of them (we’ll keep you posted on the recipe of course, stay tuned!!). The rest will be used as famous “spremuta”: freshly squeezed orange juice. Yummie!

Gardening Tip & Recipe: Prickly Pears

Todi Tagani, chef gardener of Masseria Torre Coccaro and Maizza, explains why and how to cut cactus plants in the winter: “The plants seem to actually long for this kind of treatment: It gives them space to breath and refresh before the next long and hot summer. Another reason to cut them down every winter (while the plants are kind of “sleeping”) is the quality of the fruit: Only well treated, regularly cut plants will develop a big and tasty, juicy prickley pear.”

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