Salumi misti toscani

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Salumi misti means a mix of cured meats. In Tuscany, they are served as an antipasto – it means “before the meal” and is the traditional first course of a formal Italian meal.

Finocchiona is a type of salami made of finely ground pork and fat, laced with fennel, and aged for a while. Finocchiona supposedly owes its origins to a thief at a fair near the town of Prato, who stole a fresh salami and hid it in a stand of wild fennel. When he returned for it, he found it had absorbed the aromas of its hiding place and had become fit for the Gods.

finocchiona

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Salame toscano is a Tuscan salami, a large sausage made with ground pork and cubes of fat that are seasoned with garlic, salt, and spices, and stuffed into the pig’s large intestine. It’s then seasoned for several months, at which point it’s ready for use, as either an antipasto or sandwich meat.

salame toscano

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Prosciutto crudo toscano is probably the most famous and the most appreciated European cured meat. Prosciutto is a dry-cured ham that is usually thinly sliced and served uncooked; this style is called prosciutto crudo in Italian and is different from cooked ham, which is called prosciutto cotto.

prosciutto crudo toscano

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Salame di Cinta senese. The Cinta Senese salami is a typical salami of the province of Siena, which is in fact made exclusively through the use of animals of pure race Cinta senese.

Photo credit: Mangia toscano

Photo credit: Mangia toscano

This breed of pig is characterized by the very dark skin, the bristles all over its head and body, except for for a pink stripe (“cinta” means “belt”) on its anterior side which also covers its legs and hooves.

maiale cinta senese

Salame din Cinta senese is a sausage of large dimensions, which can vary between 0.5 and 2 kg, stuffed into animal intestines, with very intense tones in both taste and appearance.

Featured photo credit: Il Team Del Gusto

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