Up until 50 years ago, most people had their vineyard for wine, their sheep for cheese, their bread oven. Today it has changed a bit, but everything is working only for quality. The fact that we live in an isolated island in the middle of the Mediterranean sea has protected several incredible products from modernity, there are things that exist only in Sardinia!
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Pecorino has a very old tradition together with the breeding of sheep, in our days the sheep still live wild on the island and eat a huge variety of seasonal herbs. It is made in two versions: young or aged. The young Pecorino Sardo PDO is about 1-2 months, while the aged one is more than 6 months old.
The bottarga is obtained from the eggs of the mullet. It is massaged by hand to eliminate air pockets, then dried and seasoned with sea salt for a few weeks. The result is a hard, dry slab covered with natural egg coating. Excellent scratched on spaghetti or sliced with fresh tomatoes.
It is thin and crunchy bread cooked in the oven, made with durum wheat flour, salt, yeast, and water, then separates it into two sheets that are cooked again. The recipe is very old and was invented by shepherds, who stay away from home for months. The “Carasau” bread can last up to a year without any chemicals.
Ricotta is a cheese made from sheep’s milk, cow’s or goat’s whey left over from cheese production. It is excellent with oil and salt or with honey or jam. It is highly perishable so it is better to eat it in a few days. However, it is also produced in smoked varieties that are conservable for much longer.
5. Olive Oil
The olives here are of a small and green variety. It is made anywhere on the island with a slight difference between each area. Cold pressing is the most important feature. Our oil is delicate and subtle, perfect with fish recipes, ricotta and obviously bread. We are used to cooking “Carasau” bread with oil and salt, so it became the “Guttiau” bread.