NOW CLOSED: Win a day at the Sacla’ Italian Cookery School for you and 3 friends!

Ever wanted to learn how to make some fabulous Italian dishes which are delicious, simple and quick? Just enter our competition for you and 3 friends to learn how to create authentic Italian dishes with Sacla’. You’ll be cooking with a top Italian Chef at the Sacla’ Cookery School and learn some fabulous dishes to wow your friends and family.

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Guest post: Italian clementines from Natoora

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December is for clementines: it’s when they are in season and at their best, making the most welcome appearance on Christmas tables, or as a gift inside hampers and stockings. Once considered a special and exotic Christmas treat, they are now easily available… but not all clementines are created equal! Their quality depends hugely on where and how they are grown.

Our beautiful Italian leafy clementines come from two areas in the South of Italy. At the beginning of the season we source them from Puglia, namely from the town of Palagiano, where the best early varieties are grown. The area is known for its particularly fertile soil and mild dry climate – both ideal conditions for growing citrus. Because of their outstanding qualities, clementines from Palagiano are certified with the IGT label. Continue reading

Guest post: Natoora’s perfect peaches

Summer is a very exciting time of year, and peaches are one of those fruits that make this season even more enjoyable and rewarding. A proper peach is something truly special – it has that impeccable natural sweetness, is refreshing and utterly delicious.

We went to great lengths to source the best varieties of peaches and nectarines.

White peaches from Natoora

White peaches from Campania

After a two-year quest, all our white peaches now come from a grower based in Campania, southern Italy. The several varieties that he grows are selected for their wonderful flavour, and ripen at different points through the summer to ensure that the white peach season extends over a couple of months. They are allowed to ripen on the tree and picked only a couple of days before their peak to ensure they get to you fully ripened. Each variety is different, yet they all share an incredible perfume, unique berry accents, and flesh either lightly tinged with red or deep purple running throughout, depending on the variety. Continue reading

Natoora Guest Post: Melons of Mantova

When temperatures start to rise, few things are as satisfying and refreshing as a couple of slices of melon. A summer classic, to develop their true taste melons need to ripen under the hot sun. This is why you will never see us stocking them in any other season. Melon Continue reading

On the sofa with… Natoora

From top London chefs to passionate home cooks, Natoora has a dedicated following. They source fantastic produce from markets and growers across France, Italy and the UK.

Here’s our one-on-one with Managing Director, Franco Fubini, to find out how they do it.

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Ocado: Of all that delicious produce, if you could only eat one fruit or veg for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

Franco: Marinda Tomatoes – a green and red winter/spring variety from Sicily with a thick skin, wonderful crunchy texture and salty yet sweet flavour. By far the best tomatoes I have ever eaten.

O: You have such a diverse range from around Europe. How do you find new produce?

F: We look for the new by searching for the old and ancient varieties! By working with small, passionate growers, who care about the flavour of the produce rather than the yield of the plant, we are able to get our hands on a wonderful array of beautiful produce that consumers have lost touch with.

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O: So what’s the furthest length you’ve gone to, to source produce?

F: We often find great produce comes from smaller scale growers, and it is a leap of faith for them to start supplying us. One of our varieties of tomatoes comes from a grower that we had to visit five times over a year before we finally persuaded him. Every year it’s a negotiation to get started again once the season begins.

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O: Only an Italian can answer this next question… Fresh or dried pasta, and why?

F: I love fresh pasta but they are very distinct products, each with its own use.

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O: If you were a super hero, what would be your special power?

F: I travel a lot and airports and flying are the worst part whether you are travelling for business or holidays. So being able to teleport myself instantly to where I need to be would be very useful.

O: Thanks for your time

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