Paola Calciolari began her career as a pharmacist but her true passion was food. She took a gamble, leaving her secure job in order to produce typical condiments from Mantova (Emilia Romagna), often employing her grandmother’s recipes. And we’re glad she did. She makes her exceptional mostardas and compotes by sourcing locally harvested fruit, and slicing and candying them in their juices; it is a highly labor intensive process. Unlike many whole mustard fruits on the market, these are extraordinarily fresh, flavorful and chunky. Though often paired with cheese, they also work well with roasted meats and charcuterie.

This Bitter Lemon (Bitter Orange also available) redefines candied fruit, as the sweet and bitterness are in perfect balance. Outstanding raw materials, coupled with leaving the peel to balance the sweet with the bitter, make an unbeatable combination. 6/9.88 oz (preorder only)