Tuscan Products & Specialities

Friday, February 24, 2017

Regional Products & Specialities You Must Try In Tuscany

Posted by Sonia (24/02/2017)

One of the reasons I love visiting Tuscany so much is the wonderful range of local delicacies and products to sample. Food is very much at the heart of the culture here, and the local people take a lot of pride in the quality products they produce.

You simply can’t go to Tuscany without trying some of these things and bringing your favourites home in your suitcase. Here are some regional products and specialities to look out for and sample on your holiday in Tuscany.

The Olive oil
We tried olive oil at a local farm, and I can still remember the taste of the wonderful flavours. It’s by far the best olive oil I have ever tasted. We loved it so much we brought some back in our suitcase, but I wish we could have brought more! Extra virgin olive oil in Tuscany is world class, and known for its fruity but bitter flavour. They pick the olives by hand and start harvesting them in November.

The wine
Everyone knows that Tuscany is known for its famous wines, especially the Chianti region. Don’t miss out on the chance to go wine tasting. You can pick out your favourite wine to bring back with you. You will also learn about how the wines are made and a little about the history of Tuscan wine.

Make sure you try the Chianti Classico in Chianti (our favourite was the Riserva), and the Brunello di Montalcino in Montalcino. If you would like to book wine tasting for your holiday in Tuscany, click here for more information on the best places to go wine tasting in Tuscany.

The pecorino cheese
I have never heard of this cheese before visiting Tuscany, but we ended up eating it every single day for lunch. It goes perfectly with fresh tomatoes and Tuscan dried meats. You can also use it as an ingredient in salads and pasta dishes. It’s made from sheep's milk.
It’s age from 8 to 12 months to create a strong taste and granular texture. I keep trying to find it in the UK but haven’t been successful, so make the most of this tasty cheese whilst in Tuscany.

Almond biscuits
There’s no better way to finish a meal than with an espresso and sweet, nutty almond biscuits. They also go very well with sweet dessert wines such as Vin Santo (we tried some at the end of our wine tasting). Cantucci biscuits are a famous Tuscan biscuit that are also called ‘Biscotti’, which literally means ‘twice baked’. They are oblong shaped dry crunchy biscuits that are very moreish!

The cured meats
Most restaurants in Tuscany will have a starter on their menu that consist of dried meats. You can also purchase a variety of different cured meats at local shops and supermarkets. Cinghiale is a favourite, it’s made from dried wild boar meat and is often used in paninis and Tuscan starters.

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