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Bringing you the flavors of Puglia through imported foods and olive oil, & exclusive getaways.

Puglia is a magical place. As the "heel" of Italy's boot,  a peninsula within a peninsula, it is a place where travelers must choose to go. Off the beaten path, trains traversing Italy North to South end their journey here, even the last cobblestones of the ancient Roman Via Appia are laid here.

Thick olive groves, rocky soils, and sea waters on three sides have created a land of unique culture, language, and history. Puglia harbors Italy's best olive oil, ancient vineyards, and some of the best culinary traditions Italy has to offer.  Italians are well acquainted with this "secret", but outside travelers rarely journey to this southern corner of Italy.

We are two sisters with family roots in Puglia. Our mother was born here and so was her mother and her mother. Our family's roots in Puglia are as deep as those of the centuries old olive trees. We have come to appreciate the many gifts Puglia has to offer - from food and wine to its ancient customs. Our mission is to share these with you, to bring you into the fold of Pugliese hospitality so that you too may experience the treasures of this ancient land.

 

 

 

Edible flower buds: Capers and artichokes

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Edible flower buds: Capers and artichokes

Le Sorelle

It's spring and nature is a a bloomin' bonanza! We love what that means in terms of tasty buds. Flower buds! And we've got them packed for you in jars!

Yes, some flower buds are edible and we happen to be in love with two of them: capers and artichokes. Both plants are abundant in the Mediterranean and used prominently in Pugliese cuisine.

Capers plants grow wild nearly everywhere you look and add gorgeous dramatic flare when they flow spontaneously out of the natural nooks and crannies typical of limestone walls. When they bloom, the soft white trio of petals offer up wild pink shoots from their center. But before they bloom, their buds are prized for adding extra flare to just about any dish. Families typically preserve their own capers in olive oil, vinegar, or most commonly, salt; and children are often asked to pick the buds much to their delight. The added saltiness or acidity that capers add to a dish add a "special touch" without overwhelming the main ingredients.

Believe it or not, artichokes are also flower buds - gigantic ones! The "leaves" or petals are edible and the center or heart is often the most prized part of the bud. In Puglia, artichoke hearts are commonly preserved in extra virgin olive oil, maintaining their tenderness and buttery qualities.

Le Sorelle is so happy to offer these two culinary treasures. Our Basil and Caper Pate' is an exceptional combination of sweet basil and salty capers, a perfect topping for grilled meat or fish. And our artichokes add warm, buttery notes to salads, pizzas, pasta dishes; or can be pureed to make an exceptional dip.

Buon appetito! And Happy Spring!