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Preserves, Mostarda, and Jelly

Italians enjoy a variety of fruit preserves spread on their morning toast, but preserves also enjoy the spotlight in one of Italy’s most classic home-baked treats: the simple and satisfying jam tart, or crostata di marmellata. Fruit preserves are also a common addition to a cheese plate. The tradition of preserving a bountiful fruit harvest also extends beyond making classic preserves. Northern Italian artisans have a long history of making mostarda by cooking fruit along with sugar and mustard oil. Spicy mostarda is a very traditional accompaniment to salumi and cooked meats.