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With all the recent hot weather, we watched and waited for our beloved fig trees to start to ripen their orbs of delight! So, what are figs? figs are the fruit of the ficus tree, and the fig tree is part of the mulberry family. There are many types of fig tree, and their fruits vary in colour and texture, but one thing is common, they are packed full of natural sweetness. Figs are also full of fibre and natural prebiotics, essential minerals such as potassium, iron and calcium and rich in health-promoting antioxidants and complex carbohydrates. The Nutritional benefits of Figs A 30g serving of dried figs provides: 68Kcal / 290KJ

Heavy rain across Europe In July you do not normally expect rain showers, but with the ever changing weather patterns of the world, the recent bad weather that caused loss of life in many European countries arrived to us, albeit with less strength and less water dropped. Fortunately for Tuscany, the wind strengths and the rain were low, it did rain consistently for a day, or around 12 hours, but soon diminished but it still aided the growth of the vegetables in our kitchen garden, with all the plants looking seriously stronger after the rain. Peaches and Pears The fruit trees also started to look like they were ready to give

I enjoy my kitchen garden, its true that Marthese takes care of it, but seeing what she wants to grow, her planning and helping move the seedlings, install the drip irrigation system and then weeding, means I do get to spend some time there. The vegetables we grow are seasonal, we grow what can be grown, we move our food intake along with the seasons, in summer lots of vegetables grow, and from this we take the opportunity to preserve as many as we can in different ways, in brine, as chutney, in olive oil. This gives us vegetables from the summer in winter, which we appreciate greatly. As the

We bring you incredible Cooking courses in Tuscany all taught at Tenuta le Mandorlaie where you will learn to cook the Maremma Tuscan way using fresh ingredients. Courses are structured to be fun but give you the opportunity to create amazing Tuscan dishes, we create most courses around a stay of 3 or 5 days. Please see our courses below; Pasta and Sauces Join us to create your own spectacular home made pasta delivered together with the best sauces of the region. Split over 3 or 5 days the pasta and sauces course gives you the opportunity to not just cook, but to also experience Maremma Tuscany through visits to the