ACTIVITIES: COOKING LESSONS IN MASSERIA AND OLIVE HARVESTING IN APULIA
Farm holidays in south Italy can be an unmissable chance for learning about Italy's best kept secrets, as regards both nature and culture. In particular, a farm holiday is the best way to discover south Italy's cuisine, perhaps the most striking one in the whole country for the blending of historical influences in just a plate.
The activities we propose in our farmhouse in Apulia to our guests, among which is the olive harvesting during the autumn, are organized season by season in accordance to the farming activities.
In the centenary olive grove near the manor farm, our agronomist will tell you about the variety of our olives and all their processing: starting from the harvest by hand or with nets, up to the squeezing out and subsequent extra virgin oil production. The early risers among our guests may want to arm themselves with gloves and baskets, and join the harvesting, which starts at dawn.
After the harvesting, we arrange oil and typical product tastings in our lammia, which, together with the trullo and the masseria, is an example of the typical rustic architecture which can only be found between the Itria valley and the High Salento areas, in this part of Apulia.
Throughout the year we organize cooking lessons in our masseria in Apulia, which retrace the ancient traditions of Apulian cuisine. We teach how to knead flour, salt and yeast in order to cook bread and focaccia; how to dose ingredients in order to make orecchiette, home made ear-shaped pasta typical of our region; how to cook turnip tops; how to prepare the pot-cooked mashed broad beans with chicory and other typical dishes of our regional cuisine.