Lonza di fico
di fico" is a countryside speciality called also "salame,
lonzetta di fico secco, lonza di fico" or "salamino".
brings back images of a grandma going in the field with children to pick
figs. At the end of summer, in September, picking of fruits would start.
Nuts and figs were picked thinking about winter supplies. Since figs
abundantly ripen all at the same time, they could certainly not be left on
the ground. Instead, they would be dried up under the sun.
skilful hands of a housewife would add rum or a spoon of "mistrà"
(liqueur), and sometimes almonds. Lonza would be wrapped in green fig
leaves and fastened with a string.
children would have three slices of that sweet sausage for a snack. These
flavours and fragrance reach far from memories and should not be
upon a time, in order to preserve their quality, September figs and “brogiotti”
(sort of fig), sweet as “ambrosia
of Gods” and “rich with
sweet honey juice”, would be dried up under the sun and in ovens of
countryside houses. Strung up on home-made cords and hanged on ceilings,
some of those fruit rings would wait to be given to the proprietors of
estate; others to be eaten during feasts. All of them would stand for
poverty and gift.
becomes more and more difficult to find
salame or lonzetta di ficosecco,
called also “torrone”. This small fig sausage, at times baked in the
oven, is made of dried up figs, ground together with candied squares of
cedar, almonds and anise seeds.
golden brown sausage is then wrapped in fig leaves and fastened tightly
all around with strings of wool. The bigger the morsel is, the better the
flavour is tasted. Slices, therefore, cannot be thin.
is how the old tradition of the countryside of the Marches hands over to
us this small sweet sausage prepared with figs dried up under the sun,
ground, mixed with sapa, anise, almonds, nuts and then wrapped in fig
leaves in order to give it shape.
is excellent cut into slices and served with sheep cheese. Lonza di fico
is a sweet food product belonging to the category of Intermediate
Moisture Foods (IMF) that remain stable at the room temperature for
about three months.
is, therefore, advised to preserve that sweetness in order to enjoy it in
the most exquisite moments.
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