Hand-cut pieces of candied crab apple come alive with a hint of potent mustard essence. Mostarda is a traditional condiment that balances sweetness and heat. Former pharmacist Paola Calciolari followed her true calling in creating a line of small-batch preserves using her grandmother's recipes and locally harvested fruit.
Paola Calciolari began her career as a pharmacist but her true passion was food. She took a gamble, leaving her secure job in order to produce typical condiments from Mantova, often employing her grandmother’s recipes. And we’re glad she did. She makes her exceptional mostardas by sourcing locally harvested fruit, slicing and candying them in their juices, and then adding drops of a very concentrated, spicy mustard extract; it is a highly labor intensive process. Unlike many whole mustard fruits on the market, these are extraordinarily fresh, flavorful and chunky. Though often paired with roasted meats and charcuterie, they also work well with cheese.