Italian Whole Mortadella With Pistachio (Approx. 12lb)

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Mortadella is the original cooked sausage from the city of Bologna in northern Italy. In the U.S. about a hundred years ago, Americans had trouble with the "gn" sound at the end of the word - which is like the Spanish ñ or the "ny" sound in "canyon" - and pronounced it "baloney." In the 1920s, baloney became U.S. slang for something that was nonsense, after Americans started making the sausage out of odds and ends and fillers instead of the 100% pure pork - ham, shoulder, bacon - that is in Mortadella.

Unlike American baloney, Mortadella from Bologna has ancestors and a pedigree. The first recipes are from the 1560s, shortly after the first printed cookbook, which appeared in Florence - Firenze - at the end of the 15th century. Now, Mortadella is an IGP product - Indicazione Geografica Protetta or "Indication of Protected Origin." This is a European Union designation that certifies authenticity.

Real Mortadella is soft, pink with white flecks and green specks. The white flecks are tiny pieces of fat, little flavor bursts. The green specks are pistachios that provide a contrast of crunch and color. And a bit of history. Native to western Asia, they were consumed as long as 7,000 years ago. The Emperor Tiberius supposedly brought them to Ancient Rome in the first century, where they became a luxury item. Even the pistachios in our Mortadella are pedigreed; they have their own DOP - Denominazione d'Origine Protetta or "Denomination of Protected Origin" designation.

O.K., we have to admit it: American baloney has things that we don't -- corn syrup, modified food starch, sodium lactate, sodium phosphates, sodium diacetate, sodium erythorbate (made from sugar), sodium nitrite, flavorings, and extractives of paprika. We also don't have a catchy jingle. And you will never chance upon a Mortadellamobile roaming the streets in your neighborhood.

On the other hand, you probably won't need a wine pairing suggestion for baloney, whereas we recommend a nice sangiovese di romagna with our Mortadella.

You choose - cute tunes or good food.

Origin: Italy
Weight: approx. 12lbs

Sliced and Vacuum packed

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