There's a lot to experience in Campania, more than you can possibly imagine. You have to go to the Amalfi coast of course, but consult our travel articles below for more trip suggestions.
Campania isn't the only region of Italy which produces fine buffalo mozzarella cheese, but it probably produces the best.
The origins of this most distinctive white cheese are lost in time, but for sure the monks at Capua where producing versions in medieval times. What is well documented is the origin of the name mozzarella.
'Mozza' comes from the verb 'mozzare' meaning to cut off or remove and refers to the process of pulling small portions of the cheese from the main curd.
We have received many emails asking where to get hold of Sorrento lemons in the United States of America. It seems it is a lot easier getting hold of byproducts such as limoncello. But we are still referring only to products made from Amalfi Coast lemons and not the actual thing.
For the definitive answer as to the availability of Amalfi Coast lemons in the United States we received this email from Tracy L. Kahn.
This anchovies with lemon recipe has been supplied by CO.VA.L. the consortium for the promotion of the Amalfi Coast lemon which was formed in 1991.
A 'riccio' is a hedgehog in Italian. A 'riccio al mare' is a sea hedgehog or in other words a sea urchin. You'll need 50 of them to prepare the tagliolini pasta with sea urchin dish to satisfy 4 people. It is a dish which can be prepared very quickly and one with a rich, natural sauce. A word of warning, however. It is important to distinguish between the masculine and feminine sea urchins. The former are black and flat while the latter are a rounded with a reddy brown color. As we are eating the eggs of the sea urchin, it is the females we want to get hold of.
The land around the famous Vesuvius volcano, near Naples, is very fertile thanks to the minerals contained in the lava combined with the Mediterranean microclimate of the zone.
It is a great place for apricots cultivation, over 100 types, including 'La Pellecchiella' considered the finest of all. It is a combination of a sweet taste and a compact pulp.
Also of note are cherries. Ask for the 'Ciliegia del Monte' which has a clear succulent and perfumed fruit and a red and yellow color.
It was above all thanks to US nutritionist Ancel Keys, that the classic Mediterranean diet of cereals and olive oil became so well known. Keys was stationed in Salerno in 1945 and noticed that cardiovascular diseases amongst the local population were notably less than at home. A comparative study confirmed his claim.So what did he believe we should all be eating?
The Greek colonisers were not the first to realise the potential of the vast plain overlooking the Gulf of Salerno.
They were, however, the first to establish a colony of any size. It was in the 7th century BC and they called it Poseidonia, ancient name of Paestum.