It’s not summer without a good plate of fruit and charcuterie! The freshness of fruit enhances, even more, the quality of our products by creating delicious pairings for the palate. This is not only about aesthetical harmony, but also about winning matches between tastes that enhance each other. So, which are the perfect combinations of fruits and cold cuts for summertime?
Fruit and cold cuts cannot be matched at random. Generally speaking, a “fatter” cured meat is matched with sourer and acid fruits, whereas a salty cured meat is matched with fruits richer in water. According to this principle, cured meats such as mortadella, salami, and cooked ham go well with apples, peaches, exotic fruits, citrus fruits, pineapple, pears, and kiwi. While cured meats such as prosciutto, bresaola, and speck can be paired with figs, apples, apricots, watermelon, melon, strawberries, and berries. In the last case, fruits and meats balance each other out and the water in the fruits helps to dilute the salt in the bloodstream.
In addition to the classic Italian prosciutto and melon, our Italian prosciutto can also be used to create alternative dishes with figs, grapes, plums, and blueberries. Not many people know that this cured meat is really flexible in cooking: it goes well with peaches, apples, papayas, and mangoes, fruits which are highly recommended to enhance the flavors of each other.
As for the other cold cuts: speck and apple are a perfect combination, as well as mortadella and pears, while salami can be served with peaches, apples, kiwis, and figs. Finally, bresaola creates delicious flavor pairings with apricots, exotic fruits, or dried figs, while cooked ham is ideal to be enjoyed with a slice of pineapple or rolled on a grapefruit wedge. For those who love to dare, we also suggest a delicious dish made of pancetta and strawberries, very unusual but delicious as well.
Now that you know the correct combinations, you just have to give free rein to your imagination and try your hand at creating amazing recipes and dishes! You can play with colors by combining salads full of flavor or create skewers by alternating fruit and cold cuts. If you are looking for some suggestions, let yourself be inspired by our proposals.