The Sbriciolona is a typical Tuscan cured meat. The authorship of this cured meat is claimed both by Campi di Bisenzio and Greve in Chianti. This product grounds its roots in the middle ages, where to provide for the use of the pepper, which was very rare and high-priced, there were decided addition of the fennel seeds to the mixture because they were cheap and easily reachable.
There was a curious custom of the farmers, who produced wine until the 19th century. They used to offer to the potential buyers some bread, Finocchiona (fennel salami), and the red wine, on sale. In reality, the spices and a strong aroma served to alter the palate and confuse the smell of the nobles, which would have bought the wine, rating it very good and without defects.
There is a famous saying of Chianti: “as the skilled hairdressers are able to make it look pleasing even the ugliest woman, as the aroma of the Sbriciolona” is able of camouflage the taste of the most undrinkable wine”.
To produce this Salami we use 70% shoulder meat and 30% belly meat. The meat is roughly ground and then mixed with salt, black pepper, garlic and fennel seeds, from which derives the name of this salami.
The Salumificio Artigianale Gombitelli packs it in different calibres, once bagged, the salami undergoes a short hot drying and then it is hung in ventilated rooms to season. The seasoning time of this salami ranges from five weeks to three months, depending on the diameter of the product.
The Sbriciolona has a delicate taste, where the flavour of fennel is dominating. It is perfect as an appetizer and to fill sandwiches and focaccia bread.
It gets very good in pair with cooked vegetables, for example with spinach, turnips, and broad beans. Or you can slightly heat it and served with grilled slices of cornmeal mush.
We recommend you to cut the Sbriciolona with the knife.
Pork, pork fat, salt, 1% fennel seeds, pepper, garlic, flavorings and spices, antioxidants: E300-E301, preservatives: E250-E252.
Salumificio Artigianale Gombitelli di Triglia M. & T. s.n.c. Via dei norcini, 4719/4725 Gombitelli – 55041 Camaiore (LU)
Store in cool place.