The Piedmontese fruit compote par excellence: the one made with ramasin, or Damascus plums. This variety of Syrian plums was imported to Europe in the 12th century and found the ideal microclimate in southern Piedmont. These fruits are small time bombs of sweetness: they reach the perfect degree of ripeness around the end of July and must be harvested promptly only after falling down from the plant. A whimsical fruit requiring hard work in harvesting and alternating between abundant and scarce years. Only the extraordinary sweetness of this tiny and chubby plum can make up for so many problems. In the Piedmontese tradition ramassin is the most precious fruit to be preserved for winter. 2020 was mean even with ramasin harvests: quantities are very limited! Who comes first ...
Ingredients: ramasin, sugar
For Casa Matilda in Dogliani, preserving fruits and vegetables grown in the company's gardens and orchards is a serious matter. Inside each jar only raw materials of impeccable quality raised with dedication in the fields (and without the help of pesticides and herbicides) and selected with craftsmanship. The recipes are those of the Piedmontese tradition handed down from past generations and each of the compotes, mustards, appetizers and creams faithfully carry the taste of the main ingredient, which is never alternated with the use of thickeners, preservatives, additives, aromas or artificial colors. Fruits are always harvested and transformed only when they reach the perfect ripeness degree, thus allowing adding just a really small quantity of cane sugar and fresh lemon juice to balance. To the vegetables, only extra virgin olive oil of exceptional quality, unrefined salt refined, their own artisanal vinegar and aromatic herbs from the same garden are added. Pasteurization takes place at a very low temperature over indirect heat, so that the original colors and scents of fresh fruit and vegetables are preserved. Casa Matilda's products are small glass masterpieces, bijoux containing all the genuineness of the Piedmont countryside.