26 Oct

Escabèche sauce

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Ingredients :

Out of the box :

  • 1 onion
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 of a fresh parsley bouquet
  • 4 tablespoons of vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

Inside your Lusitan Box Red Edition :

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Preparation :

  • Slice onions and garlic and chop the parsley.
  • Pour olive oil in a pan, together with onions, garlic and the bay leaf.
  • In a bowl, dissolve paprika and pepper in vinegar.
  • Add the vinegar mixture to the onions when they are golden brown.
  • Add the chopped parsley.
  • Leave it to boil for two minutes.

Note :
– In the villages, they used to cook the escabeche sauce to season the fried fish left over from previous meals.
– This sauce goes well with fish, but also with meat (chicken, beef, pork …). The only limit is your imagination.

20 Oct

ADPM – Defense Association of Mértola’s Heritage

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Interview with Patricia Turra, about ADPM, association that produces organic oreganos of Lusitan Box Red Edition.

1. Can you tell us a bit more about the history of your “company”?

ADPM – Defense Association of Mértola’s Heritage, is a public non-profit /Local Development Association, founded in 1980 with the aim of contributing actively to the harmonious development of the Mértola municipality, sustainable conservation, promotion and use of local resources, emphasizing the involvement of local people in the process of improving the conditions and quality of life of communities.
The mission of ADPM has to do primarily with the economic, social and cultural development of the territories in which it operates, sharing strategically with public and private entities, but also with citizens, encouraging active participation in the dynamics of their own local development process.
In order to encourage the practice of sustainable agriculture in the Lower Alentejo, we acquired in 1992, under the European Programme for the Conservation of Nature -life, the Monte do Vento, a property of 192.30 hectares certified in organic production mode by ECOCERT company in 2000 and where you can fin the Center for Studies and environmental awareness since 1996.
The Monte do Vento assert itself as a vital element of activities, in order to study, investigate and demonstrate sustainable and competitive alternatives for management of natural resources, to promote correct use of the territory that has population densities below the average of the region and with high rates of aging and that goes beyond the national average for employed population in agriculture.
The product with the highest economic importance to the property are the Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAP), which began to be developed in 1999, through the collection of spontaneous vegetation and currently occupies 0.300ha with about 12 varieties, mainly indigenous. In the Monte do Vento we performe the whole production cycle, from the collection of seeds, the transition to the ground, cutting, drying and packaging.

2. What makes your products special?

Our products are herbal tea “Ervas do Monte”, organically produced, and dried in the sun of Alentejo, which gives that so great color, aroma and taste with aromatic plants from Monte do Vento.

3. What is the relation between your company and the Alentejo region?

A big conexion, once that our propriety is situated inside the Parque Natural do Vale do Guadiana, in the Lower Alentejo.

4. Can you give us three words that evoke the best the Alentejo region?

Aromas, flavors, Calm.

5. What is your favorite dish from Alentejo?

In the summer – Um Gaspacho with fried fish
In the winter – A “Cozido of grão” (based on meat and chickpeas)

6. What is your favorite place in Alentejo?

Mértola, for the diversity of knowledges and flavors that it can offer.

19 Oct

Fair Fruit Portugal and O’zeite olive oil

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Interview with Nídia Pita, Quality Manager at FairFruit Portugal. Producer of O’zeite olive oil, that you can find inside your Lusitan Box Red Edition.

1. Can you tell us a bit more about the history of your “company”?

Fairfruit Group was established in 2014 to bring together different companies and production facilities under one name and promote a common strategy. We are currently present in 6 countries (Portugal, Spain, France, Switzerland, Hungary and Austria).

Fairfruit wants to play a key role in the stone fruits and olive oil market in Europe. Our strategy is based on the sharing of knowledge and expertise, mastery of the supply chain and a strong corporate culture.

Our daily work is based mainly on four pillars :

  • Mixing traditional skills and the latest technical advances in agriculture.
  • Control quality product during transportation.
  • Respect all natural resources.
  • Continuously improve the skills of our employees in good working conditions.

2. What makes your products special?

Our biggest wish is to provide to our customers with healthy, high quality products developed in compliance with our producers and consumers values.

3. What is the relation between your company and the Alentejo region?

Our productions are located in the Alentejo where the climate is conducive to proper development and maturation of the fruit, the soil is rich and there is no shortage of water. All these factors contribute to a high quality product. Also contributing to the development of the region at a social level.

4. Can you give us three words that evoke the best the Alentejo region?

Climate, gastronomy and landscapes

5. What is your favorite dish from Alentejo?

Migas and porc ribs drizzled with olive oil O’zeite Prestige.

6. What is your favorite place in Alentejo?

South-west of Alentejo and Vicentine’s cost (Littoral of Alentejo), because you can see a union between fields landscapes and the sea, as well as the best beaches and the freshest fishes.

Here is a Cod Fish recipe from chef Henrique Sá Pessoa that you can make with O’zeite olive oil, bom apetit!

You can buy O’zeite Olive oil in our online store, or find it inside the Lusitan Box red edition!