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The city of Cremona is famous for a few things.. fruit mustard and for being the hometown of Antonio Stradivari.
As a boy, Antonio Stradivari heard for the first time, a violin, and was so fascinated by its’ voice that he set about to construct one that emitted the most beautiful sounds…..
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In the town of Cremona Italy lies a plaque bearing homage to its’ most famous citizen
HERE STOOD THE HOUSE
BROUGHT THE VIOLIN TO ITS HIGHEST PERFECTION
AND LEFT TO CREMONA
AN IMPERISHABLE NAME AS MASTER OF HIS CRAFT.
Cremona is famous for it’s Mostarda (Mustard) not the typical mustard..it is more like a sweet and sour fruit sauce .. served as a condiment for meats, cheeses..typically made at end of summer and through fall to preserve the seasonal local produce that is typically used..In this recipe be sure not to over cook the fruit, it should remain whole and solid.
Hmm..wondering if this condiment provided any inspiration to create such a beautiful instrument –the Stradivarius violin
.. an interesting and healthy way to use up all the fruits and vegetables of fall and those lingering from summer..
Mostarda di Cremona (Mustard of Cremona)
4 lbs of fresh fruit mixed in any combination (plums, apples ,pears, apricots, figs)
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons of powdered mustard that has been dissolved in a tablespoon of white wine (I am using Colman’s Mustard)
Clean, seed and remove any stones, seeds, etc from fruits. Skin apples and pears. Cut into small pieces and place in large pot, pour sugar on top and stir. Let sit for 24 hours. Then bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and repeat this another 2 times (boiling for 5 minutes and let stand for 24 hours). Place in wine/mustard mixture and stir well, but be careful not to break up fruit. Place in jars that have been sterilized for preserving and store. Wait 24 hours before opening.
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