Courgettes in oil: a perfect way to preserve the fresh fragrance of our vegetable garden

Courgettes, originating in Latin America, have a high water content and very few calories. Rich in vitamins, phosphorus and potassium, they are typical vegetables of the summer season.

The variety that we grow in our farm is “San Pasquale”, characterized by a cylindrical shape and light green streaks. The plants are usually planted around the middle of May (the name of this variety is linked to San Pasquale Baylon which is celebrated on 17 May). In exceptional cases like this year, because the insistent rain, we planted them on the end of May so they are available until the end of October.

Zucchini plants

Courgette plants of our fields.

Currently, manual harvesting in the fields is in progress, followed by the transformation, always done by hand.

Zucchini hand picked

Our zucchini are hand-picked.

Zucchini

Freshly picked zucchini.

Courgettes are washed and sliced, then put in salt, squeezed and passed for a few minutes in boiling water together with the vinegar; put to cool and prepared in glass jars, with extra virgin olive oil. Without the addition of preservatives or colourings.

Zucchini flavoured

Zucchini flavoured with extra virgin olive oil and chilli.

Zucchini in glass jars

Zucchini ready for tasting.

Courgettes are prepared soon after the harvest and in this way maintain their crunchiness and the preserve the fragrance of the fresh vegetable.

How to use zucchini

Courgettes in oil can be tasted with meat and cheese dishes as a side dish or as appetizers. With bread they can also become an unusual snack.

To preserve the quality keep the jar in a cool place away from light. After opening, store it in a cool place, with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Do you want to taste our zucchini? You can book them on this number: +39 3389549348 – by calling or sending a message on WhatsApp.

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Pomodoro al sole (sunshine tomato): red, rich of lycopene and healthy

The sunshine tomato (pomodoro al sole or pomodoro a’ sole, in dialect of the Valle del Sele) is a traditional tomato’s variety we grow in our farm.

It is a red, round, pulpy tomato with a sweet taste. As the name suggests, it mainly needs a lot of sun to grow and to get its maturation. In our fields the sun accompanies all the phases of our vegetable. In fact, we cultivate in open field, without using greenhouses.

The characteristics of this tomato are linked to the way in which the plants grow. Our plants are low and without support, in direct contact with the earth – clayey and arid, and this gives the fruit its fleshy consistency and full-bodied taste. They need few water to grow (usually they are watered in the evening, even once a week).

The plants are planted by hand one by one, and the tomatoes are also harvested manually, so that only the fruits that have reached full ripeness are chosen.

Casa Iuorio tomato plant

Each tomato plant is planted by hand.


 
Casa Iuorio tomato plant

The tomato sprouts kept wrapped in a damp cloth before being planted in the earth.


 

Tomato plants in the sun.

Tomato plants in the sun.

Fresh or in pure, the sunshine tomato (pomodoro al sole) satisfies every taste. Suitable for any preparation, from a basil-flavoured salad to dress a past dish.

Referring the nutritional fact, tomatoes are rich in water, vitamins, phosphorus, potassium and especially of lycopene, an antioxidant that gives it the classic red color.

Compared to the normal red tomatoes we find at supermarket, our pomodoro al sole has a double quantity of lycopene, for the benefit of our health.

What is lycopene and which are the benefits?

Lycopene, like all antioxidants, has a protective function against cellular aging, counteracting the action of free radicals. From many scientific researchers the benefits on our health have been listed:

  • • prevents stroke;
  • • benefits the eyes and the skin;
  • • protects the artery walls;
  • • combats bad LDL cholesterol;
  • • promotes heart health, reducing blood pressure and the risk of heart attack.

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Casa Iuorio’s online shop: click and enter in our pantry!

Available on our website the shop area with easy access to the best products of our pantry. Thanks to our virtual store our products can be tasted all over the world.

Do you want to prepare an appetizer for a special event or impress your friends with a real gourmet selection? Dress your pizza? If you want to plan quietly your special events, without going to the grocery store, you will find everything you need in our online shop. Just a click!

What can I buy on the Casa Iuorio online shop?

In our virtual shop you will find pickles (artichokes, aubergines and broccoli), preserved  tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, including DOP Colline Salernitane and spreadable creams & pâtés.

How do I shop at the Casa Iuorio online shop?

Buying a product on our shop is very simple and immediate. Enter in the shop area on the top right of the website and choose the preferred products from the list and proceed with the purchase. For your best selection we enriched the picture of every product with a full description of ingredients and preparation methods. Add the favourite products to the cart and simply enter the billing information and the purchase is done.

All our products are prepared in a traditional way, by hand, with excellent raw materials grown in our fields in Palomonte, in the province of Salerno. Our open field crops follow the rhythm of the seasons, they are made without forcing the nature, starting from the autochthonous seeds of the Alta Valle del Sele.

Our goal is to offer a healthy and good product. Healthy because it is the result of a clean environment (our farm is located between the natural reserves of  “Foce Sele – Tanagro” and “Monti Eremita-Marzano”) and good because in every jar there is all the knowledge of our family recipes, which we transferred in each preparation.

Our farm covers nine hectares, the productions are limited, nothing to do with the numbers of the industries and we are happy because we want to continue to be a family farm.

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Casa Iuorio: study, love and know-how for healthy and good food

Casa Iuorio is born from the willingness of ​​cultivating autochthone vegetables, typical of our territory: Valle del Sele. And the need to satisfy an increasing demand: healthy and natural food, made of few ingredients, simple and good, as we were children.

Determined by this aspiration, we begun to transform the precious fruits of our land. Fragrant, genuine and very rich in nutrients, to offer the ancient flavours of our home.

We arranged in the open countryside of Palomonte, in the province of Salerno a large, modern and well-equipped kitchen.

Here we find new ideas every day, we adore creating not only preserves, but also pickles, sauces, creams, infusions. Our intent is to create a brand of excellent Italian food, which draws a visionary inspiration from the world of our grandparents and represents a point of reference for lovers of healthy and genuine food.

With great determination we started to put together experience on experience, supported by study and discipline. Not only the studies and the masters but also the years spent abroad have given us an important knowledge.

Who we are

Our team is composed of Claudio, Anna and Mirella, all of us have the same dream: to compete at the highest levels, knowing that we have inimitable products.

Claudio & Anna, both graduated in Foreign Languages ​​and with a long experience in the commercial field, especially in the export sector.

Claudio, lover of nature and passionate about agriculture, follows all the phases of the cultivation of the fields, helped by an expert agronomist.

Anna, who grew up in an “Irpina” family, with a great passion for healthy food and good food, has always referred to this model, also to propose new recipes for Casa Iuorio’s pantry.

Mirella, graduated in Environmental Sciences, always cultivates the desire to give substance to the protection of the territory, attracting the valorisation of her best products.

The recipe for excellence? The preparation!

Today it’s impossible to cultivate as 60 years ago or to reproduce the grandmother’s recipes equally. Thanks to the new knowledge many processes have been acquired and perfected thanks also to the  collaboration with specialists from different sectors.

The farmer regularly uses the collaboration of the agronomist to reduce/eliminate the use of pesticides and other chemical substances, while the food technologist has entered the kitchen to support us and allowing the traditional recipes to be preserved at their best in compliance with the best standards in order to guarantee food traceability, safety and quality.

Our team has thus expanded with a trusted agronomist, a professional accredited by the Campania region, collaborating with the University of Salerno and with the CRAA – Center for Applied Research in Agriculture. And with a food technologist, a high level expert, already a consultant to other prestigious Italian food companies.

This method  allows us to improve our non-intensive productions, that are all processed by hand in compliance with all current regulations.

Our products in the world

Our products are known and appreciated not only in Europe (Switzerland, France, Germany, Sweden,) but also in the most distant and difficult markets, such as Asia and Middle East. 

By now we know very well that when you deal with foreign markets you meet demanding and prepared customers, who know very well Italy and its food culture and have very specific requests.

Our customers abroad do not just want to taste the product and know that it is good and that it satisfies his taste buds. He also wants to have technical specifications of the product, know the nutritional values, as well as the sensory analysis and many other information that we must be ready to provide.

The Italian Carnival between “chiacchiere” fried pastries and stories

The Italian Carnival celebrations start this week till March 5th, on the  famous Fat Tuesday. Which ends all the Carnival celebrations and begins the Lent period.

The origins of Carnival date back to the Roman Saturnalia festival and Dionysian feasts in Greece. A feast characterized by unrestrained enjoyment and an opportunity to upend and subvert norms.

Jokes, masks, fun and good food characterize the Carnival celebrated in Alta Valle del Sele, where our family farm is located. Through the stories of our grandparents, and parents, we realized that Carnival celebrations completely changed compared to the 40s, 50s and 60s.

They used to disguise themselves with old clothes found at home, the typical “mascarata”, a costume party. They used to visit especially their neighbours, with improvised camouflages – the masks were called “ciavon”. Who opened the door had to guess the identity of the person hidden under the mask and while singing, dancing and joking, especially with the seniors of the house. Once the identity of the “mask” was revealed, bread and sausage were offered, as well as the unfailing “Chiacchiere” fried pastries (a dough made with extra virgin olive oil).

For the Fat Tuesday they prepared a soup with pork offal, fusilli with tomato sauce  made with small pieces of pork meat – stuffed hen and Chiacchiere.

The leftovers fusilli were not eaten the day after but they let eat them to the hens because believed that they could produce more eggs.

“Chiacchiere” fried pastries recipe

Typical sweet dessert of the Alta Valle del Sele Carnival, we want to propose here our ancient recipe. This year we prepared the dough with semi-wholemeal Risciola flour from the PiantaGrani, an ancient wheat from the Alta Valle del Sele and of course our extra virgin olive oil that we use to mix the doughs.

  • 400 g of semi-wholemeal Risciola flour, or Flour 00 Type
  • 3 eggs
  • 40 g of extra virgin olive oil
  • 40 g of sugar
  • Half glass of Vermouth
  • A pinch of salt
  • Grated lemon skin
Casa Iuorio chiacchiere italian carnival

Our extra virgin olive oil used to mix the dough.

 

Casa Iuorio chiacchiere dough

The dough is ready.

 

Chiacchere

Chiacchiere.

 

Chiacchiere on the table for the tasting

Chiacchiere on the table for the tasting.

Broccoli “spiert”(wild): the biodiversity of our fields

Broccoli “spiert” are the seasonal vegetables that the nature lets grow during this period. It’s a traditional broccoli ecotype that we have always cultivated in our family farm. Our grandparents, and their parents even before, cultivated them and we learned to appreciate them in traditional recipes.

The term “spiert” encloses the whole meaning of this cultivation. From the dialect of the Alta Valle del Sele it can be translated as spontaneous, wild to indicate that this broccoli is a natural fruit of our land. Probably at the beginning it was not cultivated, it grew naturally in the fields. Then someone decided to save the seeds and so began to cultivate it in a regular way.

In our farm, Casa Iuorio, we decided to safeguard this broccoli ecotype from the risk of extinction and we continue cultivating it. Also to valorise the biodiversity of our geographical area. We sow it autumn in the first days of October. The harvest, handmade, starts in January and continues until beginning of April.

Broccoli plants have a full-bodied central part, well protected by large and dark green leaves. We harvest only the inflorescence of this plant but also some of its softest leaves.

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Where broccoli “spiert” are produced

Our farm Casa Iuorio is situated in Palomonte, in the Alta Valle del Sele territory, south of the Salerno province. The valley is characterized by the river Sele, a very rich ecosystem and the Alburni Mountains, very high peaks that in this period are whitened by snow.

Our fields are located in an uncontaminated landscape. Yields are prepared in open field, in full respect of the season and the environment.

Our broccoli cultivated in open field.

Our broccoli cultivated in open field.

Casa Iuorio’s broccoli.

Casa Iuorio’s Broccoli.

Bees on our broccoli flowers.

Bees on our broccoli flowers.

Broccoli: handmade

Among the cultivation of our farm there are broccoli. We harvest them in these days and till the beginning of April respecting the seasonality of the raw material.

Our broccoli belongs to a traditional ecotype of the Alta Valle del Sele called in the local dialect “spiert“, that is “spontaneous“, “wild“. A term that represents very well the natural relationship of this vegetable with the land in which we continue to grow it. It’s here that we preserve the seeds and give our contribution in respecting the local biodiversity.

It is an ecotype that over time has found its ideal union with the fertile lands of the Alburni Mountains, where our fields are located. We cultivate them in open-fields, in the middle of the typical Mediterranean vegetation. After the crop, broccoli are processed by hand and placed in the jar, ready to be tasted. Let’s see how.

Preparation of broccoli in oil

Harvested and placed in large baskets, to preserve all their freshness, broccoli are transported to the laboratory, within 24 hours of collection. Here we proceed first to select the best parts and then to wash them. The next step is the blanching in water and vinegar, then the broccoli is left to drain and cool.

A box of broccoli.

A box of broccoli.

Broccoli are selected by choosing only the best parts.

Broccoli are selected by choosing only the best parts.

Washed broccoli.

Washed broccoli.

Blanched broccoli.

Blanched broccoli.

The final steps. Broccoli are placed in jars, previously sterilized, dressed with our extra virgin olive oil, garlic and hot pepper. Without the addition of dyes or preservatives. You havejust to taste and enjoy a product that has authentic and genuine scent.

Extra virgin olive oil, garlic and spicy chilli ready for seasoning.

Extra virgin olive oil, garlic and spicy chilli ready for seasoning.

The cap closes the jar and the oil is ready.

The cap closes the jar and the oil is ready.

Broccoli is placed in the jars.

Broccoli is placed in the jars.

Once opened the jar, add a little oil and keep it in the fridge.

How to use

Our broccoli in oil are suitable to enrich appetizers but also for seasoning pizza or stuffing a piadina a focaccia.You can also combine it as a side dish of meat, fish and cheese.

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Extra virgin olive oil: the excellence of Colline Salernitane Dop

The extra virgin olive oil Colline Salernitane Dop is one of the excellent products Casa Iuorio’s pantry.

Tasting it you can appreciate the distinctive notes: the colour from green to straw yellow, the strong taste, the acidity that should not exceed the 0,7%. It is an oil of superior quality, obtained in a large area, dedicated since very long time to the cultivation of olive trees. Walking through the in land areas, the vital presence of the olive groves is noticeable, also of fundamental importance for the stability of the soil.

The Dop certification – Protected Designation of Origin, is an extra guarantee for the consumer, since the companies belonging to the Consortium must observe a precise production specification.

Most studies traced the cultivation of olive trees to the ancient settlers of Magna Graecia. With Romans this cultivation spread even more, to become a characteristic element of the landscape of the province of Salerno. Today the Colline Salernitane Dop is produced in more than 80 villages, from Vallo di Diano to the Amalfi Coast.

Casa Iuorio’s oil is obtained from Carpellese and Frantoio olives varieties. They are harvested by hand and pressed within 24 hours, transported to the mill in special perforated chests. They are cold-pressed, at a temperature that doesn’t exceed 27 degrees, so we keep intact the organoleptic qualities of the olives and consequently the benefits of the oil. The acidity analysed this year in our oil is 0.3%. The olive juice extracted is the most faithful expression of goodness that the lands of Salerno are able to offer.

The harvest of our olives.

The harvest of our olives.

Olives from which we get our extra virgin olive oil.

Olives from which we get our extra virgin olive oil.

The mill.

At the mill.

The oil with the typical extra virgin color.

The oil with the typical extra virgin color.

Try it! It will be an unforgettable experience for your taste buds.
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Proposals for a snack with extra virgin olive oil Colline Salernitane Dop

The extra virgin olive oil Colline Salernitane Dop is ideal to dress salads and grilled fish but also soups and legumes. We like to recommend it in a double version to offer an healthy snack also to our children.

  • Bread and oil: it is probably the simplest and most genuine snack. The fragrant oil meets the goodness ofthe home-made bread and also becomes an opportunity to explain to the little ones how their grandparents were having a snack, when sweets were rare and the afternoon break was almost always consumed outdoors.
  • Bread and oil.

    Bread and oil.

  • Home made cake: as per our family tradition, we use always oils to mix doughs for baking sweet or salty cakes. For a good snack we propose an easy and fast donut made with few ingredients but with great nutritional value.
    Here you are the easy recipe: 300 g of flour type 00; 150 g of sugar; 100 ml of extra virgin olive oil; 50 ml of milk; 3 eggs; lemon skin; 1 bag of baking powder for cakes.
  • Cake dough with extra virgin olive oil.

    Cake dough with extra virgin olive oil.

    

    Home made cake.

    The final result.

    

    Pertosa’s white artichoke: a special taste in a perfect form

    Pertosa is a small village in the caves of the National Park of Cilento, Vallo di Diano and Alburni. In fact, this territory in the south of Salerno, is also famous because it has become the origin of the white artichoke, a rare vegetable that identifies its name with one of the village where the cultivation was restarted. Besides Pertosa, white artichoke also grows in the neighbouring areas of Auletta, Caggiano and Salvitelle.

    Pertosa’s white artichoke has been included in the list of traditional agri-food products of the Campania Region and subsequently it has also become a Slow Food Presidium. This indicates its important role in safeguarding local biodiversity and the task of those who have accepted the courageous challenge of continuing to cultivate it.

    Pertosa’s white artichoke: characteristics

    Pertosa’s white artichoke has a very light green colour, tending to silver. It has a round shape, is large and without thorns. The heart has a particularly delicate flavour therefore is special to be tasted fresh or preserved in oil.

    Casa Iuorio prepares the pickles of white artichoke following a traditional recipe and using only quality ingredients: extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and some aromas of our garden such as bay leaves, garlic and chili pepper.

    Pertosa’s white artichoke: Casa Iuorio’s cultivation

    Because the valuable characteristics of this vegetable, we decided to grow it also in our farm. To start the first crops, we have directly selected the seeds from our trusted Pertosa’s farmers, where we went personally. Our open-fields cultivation, situated in the areas of the Alburni Mountains are particularly fertile and suitable for these crops. Waiting for the next harvest, we leave confident that nature takes its course, as it always does.

    Pertosa

    Pertosa distant view.

    A field in Pertosa with artichokes cultivation.

    A field in Pertosa with artichokes cultivation.

    Amid the rows of artichokes.

    Amid the rows of artichokes.

    CASA IUORIO AT CIBUS 2018

    From 7th to 10th May 2018, Casa luorio will be present at “Cibus”; the International Food Exhibition and the key event of the Italian agri-food sector…