At Maida Farm, Farmer Francesco Vastola carries on his family’s traditional recipes passed down from his grandmother Antonia. But even if you don’t have your own Italian nonna, you can still treat yourself to a super traditional Italian breakfast or snack. Maida’s White DOP Cilento Fig Jam is bursting with locally-grown fruit flavor. It’s delicious spread on a slice of toast, or used to make a crostata, a kind of Italian pie filled with jam and covered by a lattice of flaky pastry on top. The rich sweet flavor of these figs makes them a perfect pair for aged cheese or white meats like roasted chicken or pork.
Francesco’s daughter Mariantonia has come up with this ingenious creation: White DOP Cilento Fig Jam spread on bread sticks and wrapped with prosciutto. This just might be our new favorite party (or party of one) snack.
To make his fig jam, Francesco uses white figs from the region of Cilento, which have a tender, yellow-green skin, a delicate sweet flavor, and finer seeds than most other types of figs. These characteristics have won it the protected DOP designation. The fruit is minimally processed and whole chunks are left in the jam, so you feel like you’re biting into one of Francesco’s famous figs with every spoonful. You won’t find any preservatives in his line of traditional fruit jams, which use only fresh fruit and sugar.