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The secrets of traditional Puglian cooking

COOKING, EATING AND LEARNING AT TRULLO ROSMARINO

Puglia’s cuisine is a simple but exceedingly tasty expression of the local culture. The region is still largely agricultural and many people still grow their own vegetables, tend their own olive groves and even, in some small villages, make their own bread at communal wood-fired ovens. Puglia produces around 40% of Italy’s olive oil, lays claim to dozens of local cheeses and cured meats and, thanks to its 800km of coastline, boasts some of the best seafood anywhere in Italy. All of which means, that Puglia is an excellent destination for anyone interested in cooking, eating and generally immersing themselves in a regional food culture.

There can be few better bases from which to do this than at Trullo Rosmarino, a delightfully restored holiday villa immersed in the heart of the Valle d’Itria. The bounteous grounds are home to herb and kitchen gardens, allowing you to pick mint, parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme, gather vegetables from the warm earth, and pluck almonds, olives, persimmons, quinces, pears, kiwis, pomegranates and grapes from the orchard.

Cookery experiences at Trullo Rosmarino
If you’re curious to find out about how all these ingredients can be combined in a true Puglia fashion, we can arrange for a local signora to come to the villa to impart the real essence of traditional cooking to you*. In a few hours, she will immerse you in a hands-on cooking fest during which you will learn how to make some of the region’s signature dishes, whether it’s fresh orecchiette pasta, bombette (barbecued meat roulades, the speciality of nearby Cisternino) or inspiringly succulent stuffed peppers. After all this hard work, you will of course eat the results, washed down, perhaps, by a glass or two of local Negroamaro, Primitivo or Locorotondo DOC wine!

Gastronomic adventures
The immediate area around Trullo Rosmarino is home to numerous small artisanal olive presses, cheesemakers and wineries where you can take tours and sample products. Also close by is the National Association for Biodiversity, 10 hectares of land dedicated to the cultivation and safeguarding of rare, traditional varieties of fruit and vegetables. A children’s centre allows the youngest in your group to learn more and you can, of course, taste and buy ingredients for your meals at Trullo Rosmarino.

Food festivals
If all that weren’t enough, any visit to Puglia in September would be incomplete if you didn’t go to one of the numerous sagre – food festivals. Each year, numerous towns and villages pay homage to their traditional dish or a particular ingredient grown locally by spilling into the streets and cooking up huge vats of tasty food for everyone to share, visitors included. All this is usually accompanied by music, dancing and fireworks until late into the night.


*Cookery experiences at Trullo Rosmarino take place with a local lady and last for around 3 - 4 hours. The cost is €50 per person (for minimum 2 participants, maximum 6) plus the cost of ingredients. An interpreter may also be booked at a small extra cost. For more information, please contact info@thethinkingtraveller.com.

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